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Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical and conservative procedures available to enhance ones smile. Over a life time, teeth will get discolored for different reasons.
Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, the use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and dental-related trauma.
External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, mainly foods and tobacco. The main causes of external tooth yellowing are smoking, foods with tannins, coffee, tea, and dark colored soda.
Hydrogen peroxide is considered the active whitening ingredient. It penetrates into tooth structure and breaks down into oxygen (O2) and water (H2O). The released oxygen oxidizes pigment molecules in enamel and dentin to produce the whitening effect. The result of whitening products is directly related to concentration and time exposed to the active product hydrogen peroxide.
Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is one way to achieve results. Due to the use of protective barriers, a higher concentration of peroxide can be applied. The rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. They are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. The major disadvantages are tooth sensitivity and cost.
Another option prescribed by dentists is the use of customized trays with a prescription agent that can be applied at home for a number of days. One of the major advantages is that sensitivity to the gums caused by the agent can be controlled by the fitting trays, and sensitivity to the teeth can be managed better by lower agent concentrations and by skipping days of treatment.
Commercially available tooth whitening systems have become popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use. They include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. It has been documented that adhesive whitening strips have comparable whitening efficacy with less contact time compared to 10 percent carbamide peroxide in a custom tray.
The most common downside of whitening treatments is tooth sensitivity. The actual whitening process, oxidation of organic pigments, may contribute to sensitivity via dehydration. Also it appears that penetration of peroxide through enamel and dentin and into the pulp during tooth whitening can cause nerve irritation. This so called pulpal irritation typically resolves within two weeks of terminating treatment. For treating whitening-induced tooth sensitivity it is recommended to reduce the frequency or duration of whitening applications.
Another effective approach is the use of over-the-counter “desensitizing” dentifrices containing 5 percent potassium nitrate. We recommend to use it as part of your regular toothbrushing twice daily 15 days prior starting treatment and ongoing during treatment.
Finally there is not such thing as the more whitening the brighter. Once color starts to disappear teeth can become translucent. Long term use of whitening treatment can give the appearance of a fluorescent bluish tone.The goal of whitening treatment is to enhance one smiles by restoring natural bright appearance, and nowadays the keyword is natural.
Thank you to all the wonderful children who entered our Coloring Contest to raise awareness for Children’s Dental Health. We have contacted the winners individually and would like to share their awesome drawings with you today. Have a great week, and keep those teeth healthy!
At Dentistry By Design, we know how hard it can be to fit a visit to the dentist’s office into your schedule. That’s why we have decided to open our offices for one Saturday a month, so those who can’t find the time during the week, can still keep a healthy smile.
For March, we will be open on Saturday, the 22nd, from 8am to 2pm. We hope to make this a regular occurrence, and will keep you up-to-date on our Saturday schedule each month. We hope to see you then!
The ASICS LA Marathon was this past Sunday, and it was truly a wonderful experience. Thank you to all who donated to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I really believe we helped make a difference.
I wanted to share with you a few of the photos I took along the way. As you can see, it was quite an event. I also have a short video of the Star-Spangled Banner that was sung before the marathon. Here’s to seeing all of you out there next year!
Sunday is the big day! On March 9, Dr. Tapia will be participating in the ASICS LA Marathon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If you haven’t donated yet, please take the time to do so; we still have time to reach our goal! Just visit Dr. Tapia’s St. Jude Heroes page and click the button to donate. Every donation, big or small, will go towards saving and improving the lives of children. Let’s work together to make a difference!
I am very happy to announce that I will be running in the ASICS LA Marathon this Sunday, March 9, in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those of you who know St. Jude’s know how important their work is. Not only do they offer advanced patient care to terminally ill children, their research is helping to level the playing field when it comes to fighting cancer and other disastrous diseases.
I am proud to be doing my part in the fundraising effort for St. Jude’s, but I need your help! Please visit my Heroes page on St. Jude’s website here and donate to the cause. 70% of St. Jude’s funding comes from the public, and without you and me they can’t keep operating. Even if you can’t afford to spend a lot, every little bit makes a difference. I am over 25% on the way to my fundraising goal, and with your help I think we can reach it!
Each February the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.
In recognition, we will be sponsoring a coloring contest for this special month! Please submit letter size posters with drawings of how to maintain healthy teeth. Be creative and have fun! You may use markers, crayons, acrylic paint, collages etc; all type of drawings will be taken into consideration.
Participants must be 15 years old and younger.
Please remember to share with us your name, contact information and the motive of your drawing.
The winner will be announced in the Palisidian Post at the end of the month. Please submit your artwork prior to February 15.
First prize: mini iPad
Second prize: movie tickets
Third prize: electric toothbrush
Please bring or send all entries to:
Dentistry By Design
881 Alma Real Drive, Suite 205A
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
I believe in a healthy lifestyle. I started to run during my postgrad program at UCLA and since then it has become a lifestyle. I am thankful for my health today.
This year we have decided to appreciate the gift of health that life has given to us so far. We would like to make a small contribution by bringing awareness to serious medical issues that children might encounter in their lives. We have joined the 2014 LA marathon team to support children cancer.
I have decided to be the best I can be and surround myself with people that believe in giving the best. Our team believes this is the legacy to our kids and the world. It is our goal to find answers to illnesses that can save the lives of our little ones. Bringing awareness is our way to care for our loved ones and to give back for the great life we have today.
Please join our team in our goal to care and give back, for those who lack it today.
We were thrilled to host the November Mixer for the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce on the 12th of this month.
These mixers provide an excellent opportunity for local business owners to get to know each other better, and, for us, it was also a great chance to learn more about our neighbors in the building, as well as some of our patients. At Dentistry by Design, we believe it is important to be an active part of our local community, and we were happy to have an opportunity to get to know some of the wonderful people who live and work in West Los Angeles.
We were delighted by the turnout to the mixer. Things kicked off around 5:30, and everyone mingled happily and enjoyed the delicious food that was provided. The whole event was fun and enlightening.
At the end of the night we had a drawing, and the lucky winner came away with one of our premier teeth whitening systems.
We were so glad to meet all these great people, and hope everyone had as much fun as we did. We’re looking forward to December’s Chamber of Commerce Mixer, and until then, we hope everyone out there has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We look forward to continuing to serve Pacific Palisades and the surrounding West Los Angeles communities.