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By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
July 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.

If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.

Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.

You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.

It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.

Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”

Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
September 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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 Doctor magazine.

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.”

September 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out which whitening option is the best one for getting your smile brighter.

When it comes to getting a whiter smile we know you have options. Of course, our Sacramento cosmetic dentists Drs. Jeff and Shaina teeth whiteningDiMariano can easily improve the color of your smile and remove surface stains with our in-office whitening system. But is this the right choice for you or are there other options out there that might be better suited to your needs?

Types of Stains

There are two types of dental stains: external and internal. External stains tend to be the most common. If you love your evening glass of wine or your morning cup of Joe, then you can expect that your external stains are coming from some of the foods and drinks you consume. External stains can also be the after effects of consuming tobacco or can occur as we age.

Internal stains, on the other hand, are caused by excessive fluoride use, certain medications or trauma to the tooth. These stains don’t often respond as well to whitening treatment.

Whitening Options

When you opt for teeth whitening in Sacramento you have several options:

  • OTC whitening kits and products
  • Our at-home whitening system
  • In-office whitening system

Which whitening system you choose will depend on the severity of your stains, among other factors. Over-the-counter whitening kits won’t give you instant or significant results. You’ll have to use these products every day for several weeks to see a difference. But if you are just looking to brighten up an otherwise healthy-looking smile and you are on a tight budget, these products might work for you.

If you have a big event coming up and you want to get your smile several shades whiter in a short amount of time then ditch the at-home whitening products and opt for in-office teeth whitening. This system can get your smile visibly brighter in just one whitening session (which takes about an hour to complete).

For patient looking to save a little money on their cosmetic dentistry and aren’t in a rush for a whiter smile, our at-home whitening system might give you the results you want. This system is stronger than any whitening kit you’ll find at your local drugstore, but it may take a couple weeks to see results. This whitening system is tailored to your specific needs and trays are custom-made to fit your mouth for even whitening that you won’t get with commercial whitening trays.

The only way to truly find out which whitening option is the best one for you is to schedule a cosmetic consultation at our Sacramento dental office. Teeth whitening can be an easy and wonderful way to get the more radiant smile you’ve always wanted, so why wait?

April 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you ever wish you had perfect teeth? Although some people come by the ideal smile naturally, many of us could use a little help. cosmetic dentistryThanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can correct those little imperfections that make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Sacramento, CA dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, share information on several popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Teeth whitening

When your teeth are dull or yellow, the last thing you want to do is smile. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to lighten and brighten your smile. Although you'll find plenty of teeth whitening products in the drugstore, those store-bought kits aren't as effective as professional teeth whitening services. In most cases, your teeth will be three- to eight-shades whiter after a one-hour treatment at your Sacramento dentist's office.

Porcelain veneers

When whitening doesn't get your teeth quite white enough, it's time to consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the front surfaces of your teeth. Since you can pick any shade you want, you control the final result.

Veneers aren't just appropriate for whitening, but are also used to cover a variety of imperfections. They can be used on one tooth or all of them. Dentists frequently use them to conceal:

  • Gaps
  • Chips or broken teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Worn or eroded teeth

Crowns or Bridges

Crowns slip over your teeth, encasing them completely. They're a good choice if you need to stabilize a fragile, broken or damaged tooth, want to cover up a discoloration or hide a short tooth. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, ceramic and gold.

Bridges consist of two crowns on either side of one or more false teeth. They're used to replace lost teeth and are constructed with porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Composite Bonding

Composite resin bonding offers an excellent way to repair or hide small defects in your teeth, such as chips, discolorations or gaps. The flexible putty-like material is shaped to cover the area, then cured and hardened with a special light.

Dental Implants

When you want a permanent solution to tooth loss, dental implants are the perfect option. The titanium implant bonds with bone in your jawbone and actually becomes a permanent part of your jaw. It supports a crown above the gum line that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

Are you concerned about a cosmetic dental issue? Call Drs. DiMariano, your Sacramento, CA dentists, at (916) 929-3898 to schedule an appointment. Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry!

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
October 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Bright, naturally white teeth are a key component in a beautiful smile. But the opposite is also true: nothing diminishes an otherwise attractive smile more than stained or discolored teeth.

There is good news, however, about tooth staining: it can be greatly reduced with the right whitening technique. But before taking action we need to first uncover the cause for the staining — whether from the outside or inside of the tooth, or a combination of both.

If it’s an external cause — known as extrinsic staining — our diet is usually the source. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, like red wine, coffee or tea fall in this category, as do foods with pigments called carotenes as found in carrots and oranges. Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application.

There are two basic ways to approach this: with either a professional application at our office or with a home kit purchased at a pharmacy or retail store. Although both types use similar chemicals, the professional application is usually stronger and the whitening effect is obtained quicker and may last longer.

Discoloration can also occur within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, and for various reasons. It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline. Poor development of enamel or dentin (the main sources of natural tooth color), tooth decay, root canal treatments or trauma are also common causes of intrinsic discoloration.

There are techniques to reduce the effects of intrinsic staining, such as placing a bleaching agent inside the tooth following a root canal treatment. In some cases, the best approach may be to restore the tooth with a crown or porcelain veneer. The latter choice is a thin layer of dental material that is permanently bonded to the outer, visible portion of the tooth: it’s life-like color and appearance covers the discoloration, effectively renewing the person’s smile.

If you’ve been embarrassed by stained teeth, visit us for a complete examination. We’ll recommend the right course of action to turn your dull smile into a bright, attractive one.

If you would like more information on treatments for teeth staining, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”