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Brighter & Whiter Smile at Hagen Dental Practice

Monday, February 13th, 2017

There are so many reasons why this time of year people start thinking about teeth whitening again. Maybe you are getting ready for Spring break, an upcoming vacation, or you just know you have weddings, graduations, barbecues and other parties to attend in the coming months.

Here we break down some of the top misconceptions about teeth whitening options, and then we look at Zoom! Whitening in further detail. Be sure to ask us if you have any questions specific to you as a patient!

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Myth #1: In-office whitening treatments are only for those with sensitive teeth.

This is not necessarily true! Store-purchased, at-home whitening kits have varying levels of success for people in terms of how much they whiten, and that is partially due to how they are applied and how much peroxide they have in them. How long you have the treatment on, how much peroxide they have, and the way those treatments are applied to your teeth are going to change how much tooth sensitivity you experience.

Because of these factors, at-home treatments can result in just as much teeth sensitivity (or more or less) as in-office treatments! Recall with Zoom! Whitening we do make sure the gum is protected during the treatment, but that still doesn’t guarantee that there is not any teeth sensitivity experienced during or after your treatment.

Myth #2: Whitening toothpastes can do just as much as professional whitening treatments.

Whitening toothpastes help keep your teeth white on the surface, for the most part! On the other hand, professional or store-bought bleaching kits are applied differently to be more effective in getting to deep stains and whitening the teeth.

Consider how we use Zoom! Whitening: we apply hydrogen-peroxide formula to teeth—again, covering up the surrounding gum to avoid any sensitivity you may have, and then there is ultraviolet light shined onto the teeth. This entire process gets rid of DEEP stains on your teeth, unlike whitening toothpastes which look to remove surface stains via gentle polishing, chemical chelation, or other non-bleaching methods.

Myth #3: Professional teeth whitening will damage your enamel.

Because we are using a safe treatment here at Hagen Dental, we are not harming your enamel when whitening your teeth by using Zoom! What’s more is that the FDA has to approve these ways of teeth whitening, which just means that they have to pass rigorous testing to be sure that it is safe for people to use.

With that said, the American Dental Association does suggest that before using any bleaching product, you see your dentist and talk over your current oral health so that can you know what is best for you. After this consultation, you can have confidence that any crowns, fillings, very dark stains or anything specific to your health is taken into consideration. This will help to ensure you follow a plan that is both safe and effective.

Myth #4: At-home options are totally unsafe.

While there may be products for sale that are unsafe, ask us about at-home options you can use that are both safe and effective. Of course any time you use whitening products, if you feel pain that doesn’t seem normal, it may be best to stop your treatment.
While we can’t make any generalizations, there are at-home treatment options that are safe and that we can point you towards. Two rules of thumb: 1- Don’t ignore the advice of your dentist when it comes to using whitening products in general, and 2-Don’t continue use of teeth whitening products when you are in pain! Those two rules will go a long when way it comes to using at-home treatments for whiter, brighter teeth.

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Ready for A Brighter, Whiter Smile?

You can whiten your teeth in our office, use products we send home with you, or you can get over-the-counter options to whiten your smile. Either way, there are 5 things to consider when it comes to your teeth whitening treatment:

  • Your current tooth color—light to dark
  • Whether or not you have tooth sensitivity at all
  • How much time you want to spend whitening your teeth (less than one hour up to 4 weeks, for example)
  • Where you want to do your treatment (at home vs. at our practice)
  • The current state of your oral health and anything specific to your mouth/gums/teeth

The answers to these questions can help us decide, in part, what is an ideal treatment for you.

Zoom! Whitening is the #1 professional whitening brand that’s been used by more than 10 million people. That’s right: it’s an easy and quick, in-office procedure that takes just under an hour, on average. If you are a candidate, it is safe, effective, pain-free and sustainable choice for whitening your teeth.

Just as the celebrities who mention the advanced power of Zoom! Whitening, you can also benefit from the it: Dr. Hagen can give you the same brilliantly white teeth, removing stains and darkness, in just one visit. As mentioned, one of the great things about it is that we first protect your gums and soft tissue. Then we also put a protective layer on your gums—again to protect your gums and to help deal with sensitivity.

The last step: we put the powerful whitening on the surface of your teeth, and of course turn the ultraviolet light on! Depending on just how white you want your teeth, we’ll check the progress and then it’s time to look at your great results. We then suggest that you avoid red or dark foods that are prone to staining your teeth during the first 48 hours after getting your Zoom! Whitening treatment done.

Maintaining Your Healthy Smile

Whether it is teeth whitening, dental veneers, Invisalign, or tooth contouring—we welcome you to our practice and we can’t wait to help you keep a healthy smile for your lifetime! We’re committed to providing you with quality care that you can trust. Read some of our reviews here and give us a call today at (513) 251-5500.

Easter Baskets That We Can Approve Of!

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Americans will eat more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps and bunnies this Easter!

In fact at Easter time, the marshmallow treats will actually outsell jelly beans.

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This year for Easter, we thought we’d go over some of the better choices for treats to eat while celebrating Easter, as well as some explanation as to why these are actually better for your health.

First, let’s take a brief look at some of the not-so-great treat choices.

The sticky, hard kind of candy quite literally sticks to our teeth. This also means they stay suck to all the crevices and grooves we have in our teeth, which happen to be the places where we are most likely to get decay and plaque buildup. Just imagine the acid and sugar are “sitting” on your teeth when you eat these hard candies…

Beyond sticky candy such as taffy, candy that is filled with caramel or coconut, or any other fillings, are also bad for the teeth. A good rule of thumb to consider is that the longer the food can stick to your teeth, the longer the bacteria can feed on it.

Hard candies can also be a problem since we end up sucking on them. Again, we are exposing ourselves to the acid and sugar for longer periods of time.

So What Can I Do For Some Substitutes?

Here’s an excuse to reach for that chocolate bunny: the chocolate (without those fillings!) is not going to stick to your teeth as much. While eaten in excess it surely isn’t good for your teeth either, it’s an option that you might say is better than some of the others!

Consider other “treats” altogether.

You can also consider other sweet or delicious things to cater to your sweet tooth without all the negative effects on your teeth. For example, what about a cheese plate for the family to share? Cheese can actually work to protect your enamel and keep away the bad bacteria!

Another fun treat can be to eat a few hard-boiled eggs, and the whole family can help make them if you make deviled eggs. Many of us are dying them for an Easter activity, so why not eat an egg or two while we are at it?

In general, in the baked goods we eat at this time of year, you can also look to substitute whole-wheat flour for the standard flour.

How come, and why is this a good move for your teeth? White flour quickly breaks down into simple sugar. In fact, this process occurs while the food is still in your mouth. And, as you probably guessed, bacteria in your mouth feast on this sugar! Then what we see is that acid is produced and in turn, works at breaking down your enamel…On the other hand, whole wheat flour does not produce simple sugar as quickly as white flour does.

Another way to get rid of some of the processed sugar in your diet is select Greek yogurts, (unsweetened) applesauce, bananas or even things like prunes to add the sweetening without the processed sugar. If it fits your diet, look for recipes that use these ingredients instead of just refined sugar.

Another option is to consider choosing candies with Xylitol if you can find them. Assuming you do not have any sensitivity to Xylitol, these candies do not have the sugar that leads to cavities!

“Well, I’m going to eat a few candies this Easter, even if it isn’t ideal…”

You may be saying that you are still going to have a Peep or two, and that’s fine!

At least wait an hour before you brush your teeth after you devour all that candy in your Easter basket this year! That may seem counterintuitive, but that’s because the acid is sitting on your teeth, and you actually could worsen the harmful effects by brushing the acid onto your teeth when you brush.

So instead of reaching for the brush immediately, a simple and effective way to clean your teeth after you sit down for a few Peeps this year is “swishing” your mouth out with water. This helps flush out the acid and sugar.

Don’t be afraid to try something new and give a few dental products in your Easter basket this year. Yes, candy can be eaten, but we can also take care of ourselves so that we have a great smile for years to come! 

How Do Celebrities Maintain Their Megawatt Smiles?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Celebrities surely have some of the whitest smiles around!

You may wonder: what are their daily habits or routines that help maintain their pearly whites?

First, many eat a diet that consists mainly of whole foods, and many avoid sugar as much as possible. We know these help with avoiding teeth decay in general

Many stars also say no to pop, even diet pop—which is very acidic on the teeth and can work against a nice and bright smile.

But the truth is, some celebrities professionally whiten their teeth about four times a year—and the rumor is—some as many as 6-8 times a year! Those that are extremely strict report they even avoid coffee altogether so that they can keep their teeth as white as possible.

Last, some celebrities have chosen to get porcelain veneers to have an all-around upgrade to their teeth structure.

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What are veneers, you ask? They are thin shells of ceramic–or composite resin material–that are actually bonded to the existing teeth. In this way, people are able to enhance their smiles, and also brighten them up in the process.

But what about if we just want a whiter smile?!

We can fight superficial teeth stains through toothpaste (which combines peroxide and baking soda in most cases) and some at-home whitening kits.

Additionally, we can make sure we drink a lot of water, especially in place of pop, coffee, and tea. By drinking water, we can help support our naturally occurring saliva that serves to help remove bacteria in our mouth.

And ladies, listen up—if desired, by wearing lipstick that has shades of red, burgundy, or plum shades, you can create contrast that can make your smile appear more white. At the other end of the lipstick spectrum: shades that are more orange in color, can work against your smile looking quite as bright. There’s a trick that celebrities use that we can easily adopt!

All I want for Christmas…

While you can go the at-home route as mentioned, for those looking to make sure they have no damage to their teeth, and for the best, immediate, and longest-lasting results, you can turn to us for Zoom! Whitening. This gives you the same level of teeth whitening as the stars—and with proper maintenance, you won’t need to whiten your teeth NEARLY as often as them!

Once we make sure you are a candidate for Zoom! Teeth Whitening, we will apply a hydrogen-peroxide formula to your teeth, covering up the surrounding gum to avoid any sensitivity you may have. Next, we shine ultraviolet light onto the teeth. It’s an ideal choice for those of you who are busy, but still want the latest and greatest to fight discoloration.

We are happy to offer this procedure, since in just over an hour, you can have a safe and effective tooth whitening procedure that gets rid of the DEEP stains on your teeth!

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas—with enviable white teeth, that is? Just let us know your desired shade of white! You can get teeth white as snow right now at Hagen Dental. Give us a call today to set up the appointment to get your teeth as white as your favorite celebrities’ smile!