Natural teeth whitening according to ADA such as scrubs, spices & oils, and fruits like lemons, oranges, apple cider & vinegar aren't as efficient as you may think, rather they can be harmful to your teeth. They are acidic & can wear away your enamel when using them for longer period of time. As far as using the scrubs like charcoal & baking soda, they are too abrasive to the teeth that they can also tear away layers of enamel slowly thus exposing the secondary tissue called dentin. Dentin is softer than enamel & contains tubules that when abraded can cause sensitivity to the teeth because these tubules are close to the nerve or pulpal tissue of the teeth. Lastly, beliefs on the spices like turmeric & oils like coconut oil for whitening the teeth doesn't have any scientific evidence that those can really whiten teeth.
The best way to get a pearly white, shiny & healthy smile is to go to your dentist regularly, brush your teeth 2x a day, floss at least daily, use some whitening toothpaste with ADA Seal of acceptance. Stay away from highly staining foods & drinks like coffee, tea, and avoid smoking.
When you really want to whiten your teeth use product that contains the ADA Seal. Find some over the counter products to use or go to your dentist. Ask your dentist if you are a good candidate for whitening or bleaching.
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Adolescent treatment for orthodontic problems is the ideal time. The jaws are actively growing & facial profile can be slightly modified during this time while the teeth are being straightened.
It is the perfect timing for getting braces because, first dentist/orthodontist can intercept some severe & abnormal formation of the jaw bones and wrong positioning of the teeth. We can monitor unwanted shifting of the teeth as well as the growing jaw. Interception & correction of early stages of malocclusion is easier. Correction on the other hand can be challenging when crooked teeth already positioned themselves in a significantly small jaw. Another example is spacing, moving teeth close to each other to eliminate the gaps can have its own challenges along the way.
Second, it is during this time that most of the kids in school get their braces done. Problems of bullying & name calling is not that big issue during this time because most of them at their age are wearing some metal braces, teeth colored/zirconia braces or just aligners. Though it is at this age that they tend to be sensitive just about everything that happens in their lives. Some teens worry about being called too "genius" that's why they don't want to get braces even they were advised by their dentist.
You're a teenager? Struggling to smile because of crowded or spaced teeth? And if you think you need braces, consult your dentist or if you were advised by your dentist that you need braces, get it done because this is the right time for you. Good timing has never been better, its the best.
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Gum recontouring & reshaping is also called GINGIVECTOMY. It is a dental procedure that shapes the gums to show more tooth structure. This will increase the length & the size of the teeth and thus contributes easier cleaning or hygiene creating a better & beautiful smile.
Traditionally, gingivectomy is usually done with the use of scapel but at Jeff Velasquez, DDS, long Beach Dentist we use laser because of several advantages. For example, patient won't go home with bleeding and patient will have less pain. You can see the result immediately as soon as patient is dismissed from the chair. Also, it allows shorter healing time and the procedure is more convenient for the patient as well as the dentist.
Advantages of using the laser:
1. less bleeding
2. less pain
3. healing process is faster.
Indications for Gingivectomy:
1. Gummy Smile
2. Excessive or bulky gums
3. Swollen & bleeding Gums
4. Sensitive teeth
5. Deep Gingival pocket
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