Go to the store and head to the oral care aisle to encounter a variety of gels, pastes, strips, rinses, and toothpaste that all guarantee a brighter smile. It’s safe to say that white teeth are fairly sought after, and over-the-counter products can have an effect, but treatments provided by your dentist office will have the most dramatic results. At Antoine Dental Center, we’ll work to provide you with a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs and goals.
We utilize the Zoom! teeth whitening system, one of the fastest, most effective treatments available today. This procedure, also known as chairside bleaching, takes just one hour and consists of alternating periods of an application of a hydrogen peroxide gel and a light treatment. Once the procedure is completed, a fluoride paste-gel is applied on the teeth to reduce sensitivity. The Zoom! whitening system can leave teeth up to ten shades whiter with no inconvenient downtime or recovery period needed.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
If you prefer not to spend your time at the dentist office and would like to do your teeth whitening at home, the at-home Zoom! teeth whitening system allows you to do that. This whitening system stands out from others because it works faster, showing results in as little as one week. It also results in less sensitivity than other methods, such as store-bought teeth whiteners. Like with the in-office treatment, this method consists of a hydrogen peroxide gel being applied to the teeth. Instead of being treated with a light, however, the gel is applied to the teeth via a mouth guard, which is worn for a certain amount of time.
Which method you use depends on the cause of your teeth discoloration and on your personal preferences. Book a consultation, and we will review your smile to provide you with your best option.
For anyone who is missing a tooth or even missing multiple teeth, dental implant surgery is a great alternative to outdated dentures or bridgework. Dental implants offer a long-lasting alternative that can drastically improve your smile as well as improve daily activities like chewing.
Some patients don’t consider dental implants because they incorrectly view it as a complex and painful procedure, but it is relatively straightforward and has many benefits. A dental implant is the next best thing to a natural tooth and can help to prevent bone damage that dentures or bridgework may cause. Dental implants are the closest thing you can get to real teeth and mimic the natural relationship of a tooth to the jawbone through a titanium post fused to the jawbone.
Prime candidates usually have damaged or missing teeth but still maintain good oral health. An implant is not a cure for all ailments and requires proper oral care. Through x-rays and physical examinations, your dentist will be able to plan the location of the implant.
After the patient is sedated and under anesthesia, an incision is made in the gum in order to expose the jawbone underneath. A small pilot hole is made in the jaw, and once the position is verified, the hole is made larger little by little until the titanium post of the implant is inserted into the jawbone. The incision is closed, and a process called osseointegration is allowed to occur over the next several months. During that healing time, the implant will fuse to the jawbone and mimic the natural relationship between a tooth and the jawbone.
Caring for implants is similar to caring for your other teeth. Be sure to brush and floss consistently, and your dental implants should last at least 10 years.