Even if your teeth are perfectly straight and otherwise healthy, stains and discolorations can ruin an otherwise attractive smile. Even with
the use of over the counter whitening toothpastes and gels, every day dietary and lifestyle habits like drinking coffee and smoking will dull and stain your teeth over time. Dr. Joseph Matievich, a cosmetic dentist in Rochester Hills, MI, recommends professional teeth whitening and bleaching treatments to safely and effectively remove significant stains and discolorations.
Get a Smile Makeover with Professional Teeth Whitening and Bleaching in Rochester Hills, MI
If you are unhappy with how your teeth look, a whitening treatment is usually a great place to start. Studies have shown that not only do whiter teeth make people feel better and appear more confident and competent to others, but they can even help to take a few years off your face and make you look younger. Everyone has different reasons for investing in cosmetic smile improvements, from wanting to make a good impression on a job interview, to personal reasons like reaching a milestone birthday or wanting to look and feel better on a day to day basis. Whatever the reason, a simple trip to the dentist can improve your quality of life as well as your oral health.
What is the Difference Between Over the Counter and Professional Teeth Whitening and Bleaching Treatments?
While at home whitening treatments can help, they are not as effective as professional treatment by a dentist, and may also contain abrasive agents that can strip away at your teeth’s enamel, which actually makes them more susceptible to further staining. A dentist will also find the right shade and ensure that you wind up with evenly bleached, natural looking whiter teeth.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Rochester Hills, MI
Whiter teeth can drastically improve the quality of your smile. For more information about professional teeth whitening and bleaching treatments, contact our office by calling (248) 853-2222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matievich today.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I’ve always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren’t looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctormagazine.
That’s when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you’re on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don’t have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It’s important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren’t affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won’t change color. And you can’t necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won’t lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing’s for sure: Without a dentist’s supervision, you’re on your own. That’s the main reason why you should go with a pro if you’re considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren’t keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I’m pretty careful about it.” And if you’ve seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
As wedding season approaches, brides and grooms alike begin to focus more and more on how they will look on their big day. From hitting the gym to picking out the perfect dress or tux, a lot of effort goes into looking great for the pictures they will look back on for the rest of their lives. An easy and often-overlooked way to truly look and feel fantastic on your big day is with a professional teeth whitening session. Find out more with help from your Rochester Hills, MI dentist Dr. Joseph Matievich at Family Smiles Dental Care.
What can I expect during my teeth whitening procedure?
A normal in-office teeth whitening session lasts about an hour. You and your dentist will determine which shade you would like your teeth using a teeth shade guide. Your dentist first cleans the teeth and sections them off from the gums and other oral tissues using a dental dam. The whitening process itself begins with a whitening gel placed onto the teeth. A special light activates the gel and stays directed onto the teeth for the length of your session. Your dentist may break the session up into several sections, between which you dentist reapplies the whitening gel and replaces the light.
How long until I see results?
You will notice the results of your teeth whitening session immediately. Teeth whitening can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single session. However, everybody’s teeth are different. You may need several whitening sessions to achieve your desired results. Your Rochester Hills dentist can help you determine the appropriate treatment plan for you and your teeth.
How can I keep my teeth white until I walk down the aisle?
The best way to avoid teeth staining and yellowing is to avoid the things which cause these problems. Coffee, tea and tobacco use are notorious for changing the color of your teeth. However, highly-pigmented foods like berries can also stain your teeth. If you cannot avoid these foods and drinks altogether, there are steps you can take to reduce the chance of staining. Brush immediately after consuming stain-causing foods and beverages. If you cannot brush, rinse your mouth with water to cut down on the time the foods and drinks are in contact with your teeth. Additionally, see your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings at least twice a year.
For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Matievich in Rochester Hills, MI. Call (248) 853-2222 to schedule your appointment for teeth professional in-office teeth whitening today!
Do you have an upcoming summer event such as a graduation or wedding? Or do you just want to improve your personal appearance in a very noticeable way? Then professional tooth whitening may be for you.
This wonderful cosmetic dental service is provided in a relatively inexpensive and quick way by your Rochester Hills general dentist, and the dramatic change in tooth color will enhance your smile for as long as 2 full years. Best of all, under the supervision of your dental care professionals at Family Smiles Dental Care, tooth whitening is safe and effective.
Why do teeth need whitening?
Over time, teeth become discolored and stained because of:
When those pearly whites are not so white any more, people notice. Most of all, you notice, and your self-confidence can suffer. You may even want to hide your smile in public.
While some people elect more expensive and time-consuming procedures such as porcelain veneers to improve their smiles, tooth whitening can be accomplished in as little as an hour right in the dental chair. It’s a great option for healthy teeth that just need a little cosmetic help.
Why is it better to whiten your teeth at the dentist’s office?
The reasons are many. One of them is skill and supervision. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that dentists and trained dental technicians can apply whitening gels expertly and safely.
Unlike over the counter toothpastes and bleaching gels, professional whitening renders brighter and more accurate shades of tooth color and protects sensitive tooth roots and gums. In addition, the dentist can adjust the amount of whitening for people who have dental crowns and implants, matching the shade of the natural teeth to the color of these restorations. Often, the doctor or dental technician uses a special light to activate and enhance the bleaching chemicals.
Also, the whitening trays which place the gel are customized to each patient. There’s no one-size-fits-all application; so, results are simply better.
Family Smiles Dental Care Offers Tooth Whitening
Yes, you can have that dazzling smile for the summer. Just call Family Smiles Dental Care in the Rochester Hills, Michigan area. Joseph Matievich DDS PLLC and his staff offer superior dental care for a smile that is beautiful and healthy, too.
For a consultation on tooth whitening options, contact Dr. Matievich’s office today at 248-853-2222.
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.”
Here’s a quick quiz: What recent activity did domestic guru Martha Stewart share via social media for the first time? Need a hint? Was she following the lead of other celebrities like rapper 50 Cent (AKA Curtis James Jackson III), actress Demi Moore and country music star LeAnn Rimes?
Give up? The answer is… she live-tweeted her visit to the dentist! Not only that, she also posted pictures of her mouth as she was undergoing an in-office whitening procedure.
Now, we understand that some might feel they don’t need to see close-ups of Stewart’s teeth under treatment. But we have to admire her for not trying to hide the fact that she’s had the same procedure that has benefited so many people, whether famous or not. Plus, her pictures actually provide a good illustration of how the treatment works.
In-office whitening treatments are the fastest way to brighten up your smile. In a single one-hour visit, your teeth can be lightened by three to eight shades — and that’s a big difference! How can we achieve such dramatic results? When you’re under our direct supervision in an office setting, we can use the most concentrated bleach solutions safely and effectively. You can get similar results with custom-made trays and take-home lightening solutions we can prepare for you, but then the process will take longer.
If you look closely at her photos, you’ll see that Stewart’s lips, gums, and face are covered up to prevent any contact with the bleaching solution. She’s also wearing protective eyewear, which not only keeps chemicals away, but also guards her eyes against strong lights, which are sometimes used in conjunction with bleach. When we perform in-office whitening procedures, we use safeguards like these for all of our patients — not just celebrities!
We also perform a complete oral examination before starting any whitening procedure, to be sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that need to be treated before teeth whitening begins. That’s something you just can’t get from an over-the counter whitening product.
Teeth whitening is an effective and affordable way to give your smile a quick boost. But whether you decide to live-tweet your procedure — or keep your fans guessing about why your smile looks so good all of a sudden — that’s up to you.
If you would like more information about the teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”
Vanna White has been a household name for the last 27+ years and is best known as the first female co-host of the game show, Wheel of Fortune. She radiates a warm, friendly, down-home appeal and says when describing herself, “what you see is what you get!” While this is quite true, there is so much more to her. She has received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame, has starred in an NBC movie and written a book. She is even featured in The Guinness Book of World Records as TV’s most frequent clapper, and most recently started her own line of yarn called Vanna’s Choice with half of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And while any one of these accolades could serve as the highlight of a lifetime for most, for Vanna they fall slightly short. Her favorite job is being mother to her son, Nicholas, and daughter, Giovanna.
The following are excerpts taken from an exclusive interview in Dear Doctor magazine, the premier oral healthcare resource for patients and consumers.
What is the secret to her dazzling smile?
Vanna’s oral healthcare routine is the same today as it has been since her childhood — and one everyone can follow. She brushes her teeth at least twice a day (morning and at bedtime) and flosses her teeth daily. She also has strong feelings about flossing. “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.”
What about bleaching, has she done it?
Absolutely! Vanna bleaches her teeth once or twice a year to help retain her naturally white teeth and to offset any discoloration from coffee and an occasional glass of red wine. “I have done over-the-counter and professional bleaching, but I do like the trays my dentist made because they fit perfectly.” She also states, “Anything you can do professionally is probably better because I would assume that a dentist’s ingredients are stronger than over-the-counter products.”
Has she had any cosmetic dentistry?
When it comes to answering a question about cosmetic dentistry, Vanna is just as open and honest as she is about everything else — a trait for which she is known. “I had a bridge put in probably 30 years ago, where I had a tooth pulled and there was a space. And I did have a little tiny chip on one of my front teeth years ago that my dentist fixed. But that is it. Again, I feel very fortunate to have good teeth. The braces [from her childhood] straightened them out and there has been no need for any cosmetics since then.”
Does she do anything to protect her teeth?
While she admits to occasionally forgetting to use her nightguard, a protective mouthguard worn during sleep, she firmly believes in their need. “I do sleep in a nightguard because I grind my teeth. I have a filling in the back that probably has been filled five times from grinding.” She added, “Both of my children do have mouthguards that they wear for their sports.”
Want a smile like Vanna’s?
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about bleaching, cosmetic dentistry or mouthguards. You can also learn more about Vanna by reading the entire interview in the Dear Doctor article, “Vanna White — The Smile Defining America’s Favorite Game Show — Wheel Of Fortune.”