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By Dental Perfections
April 30, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Explore Our Cosmetic Dentistry Services

At Dental Perfections, we believe that it is important for you to feel good about your smile. We will work with you to find the best treatment available to give you that smile makeover near Ewa Beach you have been looking for. Whether you want to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, cosmetic dentistry allows us to help improve the look and feel of your smile.
 
Cosmetic procedures range from quick and basic treatments, such as teeth whitening, to tailored courses of treatment, where the patient requires dental implants or veneers in the Ewa Beach area. Each treatment is guaranteed to improve the appearance of your teeth, leaving you with one more reason to smile. Let us be your go-to cosmetic dentists serving Ewa Beach so that you can smile with confidence. Let’s take a look at two common cosmetic treatments.Veneers
 

A Hollywood Smile with Porcelain Veneers

If your teeth are cracked, stained, uneven or chipped, porcelain veneers near Ewa Beach may be the perfect option for transforming even the most damaged smile.  Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are custom-designed by your dentist to perfectly cover and match your natural smile, masking most any dental blemish, including stains and cracks. In some cases, veneers are even an appropriate alternative to braces. Compared to many treatment options, veneers can last up to 20 years, correcting the alignment of your smile by covering damaged or misshapen teeth.
 
As a patient near Ewa Beach, your porcelain veneers will be fitted to the front of your existing teeth, creating a uniform look by disguising stained, damaged, or crooked teeth, or by closing small gaps between teeth.  This is a popular treatment that allows you to achieve the “Hollywood Smile” many people have always longed to experience.  Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available, providing aesthetic and durable improvements in the appearance of your smile.
 

A Bright, Dazzling Smile with Teeth Whitening

A common complaint among smokers, or those who have stained teeth caused by the consumption of certain foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine, is that they are not happy with the appearance of their smile.  Depending on the whitening method you choose, treatment can be completed in the comfort of your own home. With take home whitening trays provided by our cosmetic dentist near Ewa Beach, you can whiten your teeth without leaving your house. 
 
Take home whitening trays are custom made to meet your individual needs. Unlike store bought whitening, these trays are specifically designed for your teeth and offer improved results. By using the gel and the trays on a regular basis, you can touch up and continue the bleaching process. Or, if some years later you notice your teeth shade fading, you can use the trays and gel to bleach again, without having to go through the in-office procedure.
 
Whether you are interested in a whiter, brighter, or straighter teeth, our Ewa Beach area cosmetic dentist can help you accomplish a more confident smile.  Visit our office today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry, your goals for treatment, and which options may be best for your teeth.  In as little as one appointment, you can experience a smile makeover near Ewa Beach that you can smile about.
By Dental Perfections
March 25, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
HowTaylorHicksKeepsHisSmileBright

Like many who have risen to the top tier in show business, singer Taylor Hicks found that he needed a few things (besides talent, of course) to really succeed: a willingness to seek out opportunities and work hard; a unique and energetic stage presence; and a bright, appealing smile.

“Everyone wants to have a great smile,” Hicks recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “In my business, it’s one of the most important things. A lot of what I do is smiling and having fun, being in front of the camera and taking pictures.”

To help him keep his smile sparkling, Hicks opts for in-office whitening treatments from his dentist. These treatments are a safe, quick and effective way to lighten teeth by 3 to 8 shades in a single one-hour visit. Best of all, you don’t have to be an American Idol winner or a Las Vegas headliner to take advantage of them — in fact, we offer them right here in our own office.

Why choose in-office treatments instead of take-home trays (or over-the-counter products)? While each system can be effective at lightening teeth to some degree, the in-office method offers several distinct advantages. For one, it’s the fastest way to get your teeth as bright as they can be; the same lightening that can be achieved in one office visit could take a week when done at home, using custom-made trays and dentist-supplied bleaching solutions — and several weeks with over-the-counter products! So if your time is limited, in-office treatment is the way to go.

Plus, in-office treatments are performed under our direct supervision. That means we can safely use the most powerful whitening gels, and achieve the maximum control over the result. This can be important when you have crowns or replacement teeth such as implants, which Hicks has. Artificial crowns don’t whiten like natural teeth, so it’s important to get just the right degree of lightening to produce an evenly bright smile.

The bottom line, of course, is the result: a dazzling white smile. “In entertainment, a big, pearly white smile makes a difference,” Hicks said. But you don’t have to be an entertainer to enjoy the benefits of a brilliant smile — we do it for plenty of “regular folks” too.

So if your smile could use a little brightening, why not call us and schedule an appointment for whitening treatment? You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Dental Perfections
November 01, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
ToothBleachingTestYourKnowledge

Dental professionals sometimes use specialized words, and you may not be clear about exactly what we mean. Test yourself on some of the specialized vocabulary concerning tooth whitening. How many of the following can you define correctly?

1. Bleaching?
A method of making yellow, discolored teeth whiter. It is relatively inexpensive and safe, with few side effects.

2. External or extrinsic staining and whitening?
Extrinsic staining mainly results from diet and smoking. For example, foods such as red wine, coffee and tea can produce extrinsic stain. Teeth with these stains are bleached by placing whitening substance in direct contact with the living tooth surface.

3. Internal or intrinsic staining and whitening?
Intrinsic tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the structure of enamel, dentin, or pulp tissue deep within the root of the tooth. When the discoloration originates with the pulp tissue, root canal treatment may be needed to whiten the tooth from the inside.

4. Chromogenic material?
Color generating material that may get incorporated into the tooth's substance. It can be a result of wear and aging, or can be caused by inflammation within the tooth's pulp.

5. Carbamide Peroxide?
A bleaching agent discovered in the 1960s and frequently used for tooth whitening. When used, carbamide peroxide breaks into its component parts, hydrogen peroxide and urea, which bleach the colored organic molecules that have been incorporated between the crystals of the tooth's enamel.

6. Power Bleaching?
This technique is used for severely stained tooth. It uses a highly concentrated peroxide (35 to 45 percent) solution placed directly on the teeth, often activated by a heat or light source. This must be done in our office.

7. Tetracycline?
An antibiotic used to fight bacterial infections. It can result in tooth staining when taken by children whose teeth are still developing.

8. Rubber Dam?
Use of strong bleaching solutions requires protection for the gums and other sensitive tissues in your mouth. This is done using a rubber dam, a barrier to prevent the material from reaching your gums and the skin inside your mouth. Silicone and protective gels may also be used.

9. Whitening Strips?
Strips resembling band-aids that you can use in your home to whiten your teeth. They generally contain a solution of 10 percent or less carbamide peroxide gel. When using them, be sure to read the directions and follow them strictly to avoid injury or irritation.

10. Fade Rate?
The effects of bleaching may fade over time, from six months to two years. This is called the fade rate. It can be slowed down by avoiding habits such as smoking, along with food or drink that causes tooth staining.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about tooth whitening. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article, “Teeth Whitening.”