Archive for April, 2013

Will Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Patients may have discolored teeth for any number of reasons, turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve teeth yellowed by age, stained by excessive consumption of certain foods and drinks or by taking some medications.

To enhance the smile’s appearance, patients in such cases may opt for a treatment like Zoom! teeth whitening, which uses a bleaching gel on the teeth. That bleaching gel, which is activated by special lasers, goes beneath the surface of the tooth to eradicate stains.

The benefits of teeth whitening are dramatic, but there can be some side effects. Before undergoing treatment, many patients ask the dentist about resulting problems like tooth sensitivity. 

To enhance the smile’s appearance, patients in such cases may opt for a treatment like Zoom! teeth whitening, which uses a bleaching gel on the teeth.

Some patients may experience minimal tooth sensitivity after undergoing Zoom! teeth whitening or some other whitening treatment, especially if they undergo repeated treatments in a short time frame. If the underlying dentin, which has tiny openings leading directly to the tooth’s nerve, is exposed, you may notice that the teeth are more tender or have an increased reaction to changes in temperature.

Patients who are prone to sensitivity to begin with may also be at increased risk for sensitivity induced by tooth whitening treatments.

If you do notice sensitivity after getting your teeth whitened, it’s likely to be temporary. To limit problems, you may want to avoid drinking or eating very cold or very hot beverages or food for a few days following your treatment.

Because the Zoom teeth whitening treatment is completed in such a short period of time, typically in around an hour, patients who choose this option may actually be less susceptible to sensitivity than with an at-home treatment that requires gel-filled trays to be worn for hours at a time. Increased exposure to the bleaching gel may increase the risk of sensitivity.

Explore your options when it comes to teeth whitening, and be prepared to address any tooth sensitivity that may arise. Your dentist may also recommend specially-formulated toothpaste designed to address this problem too.

Contact our skilled team at Balcones Family Dental to learn if teeth whitening can improve your smile.


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5 Tips for Preparing for Your Next Dental Exam

When a regularly scheduled dental visit rolls around, many patients start panicking about their obvious lack of good dental hygiene or their fear of being given a scary diagnosis. Dental exams, however, don’t have to be causes for fear and stress. If you have a dental exam coming up, you can use these five helpful tips to prepare for your exam and calm your frazzled nerves.

Don’t Panic

The first tip is simple: don’t panic. There is no use getting in an uproar about your approaching dental exam. Many patients try to make up for bad habits by flossing every hour the day before their visit. This isn’t going to accomplish anything other than making your gums bleed and your mouth hurt. Stay calm and remember that the dentist just wants to help. Viewing your dentist as a person with your best interests at heart can help to calm some of the panic associated with a regular checkup.

Brush Your Teeth

While you can’t trick the dentist into thinking that you’ve been a faithful brusher, it is a good idea to brush your teeth before you visit the dentist. Brushing your teeth removes large food particles from your teeth and improves your breath. This may eliminate some of the embarrassment or discomfort that many people associate with the dentist’s office.

Floss Your Teeth

It’s also a good idea to break out that dental floss and give your teeth a good flossing. Most dental hygienists will floss your teeth during the exam, but you can make the task a little easier by flossing ahead of time.

Avoid Eating a Few Hours Before Your Visit

If you want to be as comfortable as possible while reclined in the dentist’s chair, you might want to avoid eating for a few hours before you visit. This will eliminate any potentially embarrassing situations such as bad breath, large food particles between the teeth, or even belching. Drinking clear fluids, like water, will keep you hydrated and prevent you from experiencing excessive dry mouth while you’re in the chair.

Make a List of Questions

Above all, it’s a good idea to make a list of any potential questions you may have for your dentist. A lot of patients get stage fright in the dentist’s office and forget to ask an important question about tooth pain, gum discomfort, or some other issue related to oral health. When you write questions down, you’ll be more likely to have a productive interview with the dentist.

From Guest Blogger Dr. Goldberg

Dr. Goldberg and his team provide many Teeth Whitening Toronto treatments options to achieve that beautiful and white smile. He specializes in general dentistry, Periodontist Toronto dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

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Aesthetic Dental Transformations

Have you ever noticed a perfectly aligned, bright white smile on a stranger and wished that your pearly whites would look like that? With some help from cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Most people want to improve somehow on their natural smile, whether it’s to make the teeth straighter or whiter or more proportional. Various cosmetic dentistry treatments can help patients reach all of those goals and more.

Some patients will need an extensive smile overhaul with several different interventions. In these cases, the dentist might start with Invisalign, the system of clear plastic trays that re-align the teeth. After the teeth are straightened, then the dentist can proceed with other aesthetic treatments.

Another popular cosmetic treatment is dental implants. These titanium screw-like structures are surgically inserted into the jaw, and they hold prosthetic crowns in place, giving patients a remarkably lifelike replacement for a tooth that was lost to injury or decay. Eliminating a noticeable space in a smile offers a major aesthetic improvement.

Patients with less severe problems may benefit from veneers, which are thin porcelain tooth-shaped shells used to correct a variety of problems with the teeth’s appearance. A veneer can conceal a stain, chip or crack in a tooth. In fact, when a stretch of teeth is slightly crooked, veneers can be used to create the appearance of a straight line, saving the patient from extensive orthodontic treatment.

The shade of the teeth is a concern for many patients and teeth whitening treatments can address this problem. Some patients may find that all they need to improve the smile’s appearance is teeth whitening. An in-office system like Zoom! teeth whitening can help patients brighten the teeth by up to 8-10 shades in as little as an hour.

Patients have many options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, so there’s no need to suffer with an unappealing smile. Improving your smile’s aesthetics can boost your self-esteem and even the functionality of the teeth.  Contact our experienced dental team at 512-200-7422 to learn which available treatments that will be beneficial in your case.

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