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Thinking of Whitening Your Teeth? Professional vs. Drugstore Whitening

Some estimates say that Americans spend 1.4 billion dollars annually in their quest for a bright, head-turning smile, and it’s no wonder! There are very few treatments that can deliver the dramatic results that can be achieved with teeth whitening.If you would like to get an idea of how popular teeth whitening is, take a stroll down the oral care aisle of your local drugstore; you will find hundreds of over-the-counter products and kits of all types that claim to provide dazzling results.Professional vs. Drugstore WhiteningBut how do over-the-counter products stack up against professional teeth whitening? Not very well, unfortunately. You can invest a lot of money and countless hours ...

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Missing a Tooth? A Dental Implant Might Save the Day

The experience of losing a tooth can have a profound impact on your quality of life. You probably don’t think much about all the work your teeth do until one is lost; then suddenly the function of your teeth becomes everything.You’ll Miss Them When They’re GoneAll your teeth are designed to work together to perform different jobs so you can eat, speak, and chew comfortably. When you lose a tooth, the extra work is shifted to the remaining teeth, which means some are doing work they were never meant to do. This can result in discomfort when you eat and chew, and excessive wearing of dental enamel.But comfort is only ...

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3 Tips for Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment

Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment | Lucio H. Kim, DDS
Having orthodontic treatment is a big decision! Taking this step means that you will make an investment in time and money with the goal of enjoying a straighter, healthier smile that you are proud to show off.So it can be a relief when you finish treatment and you can enjoy the results. However, you should know that orthodontic treatment does not end when your braces come off.Post-Orthodontic CareMany patients face two post-treatment challenges:Staining or plaque buildup around the bracketsTeeth that relapse to their original positionTo combat these two problems, there are three simple steps you can take to protect your investment:Schedule a thorough dental exam and cleaning. Most dentists recommend this ...

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Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening

Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening | Lucio H. Kim DDS
Few cosmetic treatments offer the dramatic smile transformation possible with professional teeth whitening. Having your teeth whitened is an investment, so once you take the step, you want to do everything you can to maintain the sparkling results.It’s a fact of life - as we age, our tooth enamel thins and becomes more porous. This leads to tooth discoloration as the yellowish layer of dentin beneath becomes more apparent and staining from certain foods and beverages that we consume.Another factor that contributes enormously to the whiteness of your smile is your general oral health routine. Are you brushing and flossing diligently? Do you visit your dentist for routine cleanings and ...

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Deciding on Dental Implants? Let's Correct Any Misconceptions

Deciding on Dental Implants | Lucio H. Kim, DDS
The purpose of a study published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was to determine how much patients knew about dental implants. Not a lot, it turns out!Surveys were completed by 100 patients at the Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School; the first group was patients visiting specifically for implants, and the second was those visiting for other dental work.What You Need to Know about ImplantsAbout 1 in 4 patients said that they had never heard of dental implants and about two-thirds aren’t sure what they are made of. We clearly have a bit of work to do in educating people about dental implants! Here are a couple ...

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4 Tips for a Clean Retainer

Tips for a Clean Retainer | Family Dentistry
If you have had orthodontic treatment, you know that wearing your retainer as instructed is essential. You have invested a lot in your smile, and you’re thrilled with the results, but if you don’t wear your retainer regularly, you risk undoing all the hard work and time you spent to get to this point. If you are interested in getting treatment visit our Adult Orthodontics page to learn more!Since your retainer spends hours in your mouth, it’s just as important to keep it clean as it is to keep your teeth clean. Plaque and bacteria can collect on a retainer in the same way they collect on your teeth, ...

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3 Factors to Consider if You Smoke and Want a Dental Implant

Smoking and Dental Implants | Lucio H. Kim DDS
We don’t have to tell you that smoking is horrible for your general health, but there are also many ways that the habit affects your oral health. Smokers produce more bacterial plaque than nonsmokers, which contributes to gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.Smoking and Dental ImplantsIf you are missing one or more of your teeth, dental implants are your best option for restoring form, function, and oral health. As it turns out, however, smoking also impacts the success of dental implants. If you are considering dental implants, here are three factors to consider:Smoking Interferes with Osseointegration: Dental implants owe their success to a titanium post ...

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