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Creating Brighter, Better Smiles

From subtle repairs to major procedures, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to improve every aspect of better smiles. From teeth whitening, to replacing missing teeth and everything else in between, smile enhancements are proven to boost a person’s overall appearance and self-confidence. At Dentcare Clinic, our cosmetic dentists work hard to create results that make you want to smile even more.

Today, cosmetic dentists have a variety of techniques and tools in their arsenal to reshape teeth, close gaps between teeth, fix broken or chipped teeth, restore worn teeth and even alter the length of your pearly whites.

In the UAE, smile makeovers are getting more popular than ever. Our dentists have been helping countless patients achieve the smile they truly desire through dental veneers.

Here’s a quick list of what cosmetic dentistry can offer you.

Teeth Whitening

At its best, in-office teeth whitening or “bleaching” restores your teeth’s natural,  youthful radiance. To get the best results, we suggest that you book a whitening consultation with your dentist/dental hygienist to discuss your concerns and expectations.

Dental Fillings

There’s no need to rely on unsightly (and sometimes weird-looking) metals to replace tooth structures lost to decay. Today, dentists make use of state-of-the-art composite resins and porcelain materials that naturally mimic the look, feel and function of natural teeth.

Crowns or Caps

Dentists use a crown to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. These are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment.

Bridges

Bridges also known as fixed removable dentures, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Veneers

Veneers are very thin custom-made laminates crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of the teeth. These are a great option for correcting stained, chipped or crooked teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically fused in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth. For almost 50 years, implants have been recognized by dental experts as procedure of choice for teeth replacement.

Bonding

Through bonding, cosmetic dentists are able to fix chipped teeth, close spaces between teeth or cover the entire external surface of a tooth using materials (porcelain and composite resins) that look naturally like the original tooth.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Periodontal plastic surgery is performed to restore the form, function and correct irregularities in the gums. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the real long-term goal of any periodontal surgery is to increase the life expectancy of the teeth and their usefulness; it is not a cure for periodontal disease.

Be sure to ask your dentist any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile and get better smiles. To get the best results, remember to communicate your expectations with your dentist prior to any procedure.

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A Chance to Improve your Smile

When you first meet someone, the first thing you notice about them is their smile. Now that techniques and methods have advanced dramatically, more and more people are considering cosmetic dentistry. Dentcare clinic, provides an excellent and highly professional treatment establishment to improve your smile.

With treatments and skills as advanced as they are, it’s just as easy to get cosmetic dental treatment as it is to get a haircut. Cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve your oral hygiene, as well as your confidence. This is turn can reduce the chances of issues relating to poor or neglected oral and dental health, which in turn can affect your overall physical health.

Dentcare offers an extensive range of treatments, from teeth whitening to dental implants. If you visit our clinic you will be able to have consultations with our professional team of highly qualified and experienced dentists. They will assess and advise you on the best treatment plan for you, and during your treatment will at all times ensure that you have a comfortable and stress-free experience.

We here at Dentcare understand that a trip to the dentist can be daunting and maybe even scary at times, which is why we pride ourselves on our patient care and gentle approach. We provide a calm and tranquil environment and our staff are always happy to help.

What treatments are available to me?

At Dentcare Clinic, cosmetic dentistry begins with a consultation. You will be able to discuss all possible treatments with your dentist and formulate a treatment plan. Our dentists have an enviable reputation within the aesthetic dentistry field, including for their construction of implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and restoration. We are also able to custom-build and fit braces which are almost undetectable due to their transparent appearance. They are several steps on from traditional metal braces and can correct most minor teeth misalignment.

Our dentists here at Dentcare possess the understanding and knowledge to undertake the most cutting-edge and advanced techniques within cosmetic dentistry.

We all look forward to welcoming all new and potential dental patients, whilst continuing to maintain the optimum dental health of our current patients.

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5 Common Lifestyle Habits That Can Damage Your Teeth

There are a number of habits that can potentially damage the teeth and some of them are a lot more common than we think.

1- Increased intake of acidic food and drink

This can include but is not restricted to citric and acidic fruits and juices, fizzy drinks including sparkling water, vinegar and excessive alcohol consumption. These damaging foods and drinks lead to a condition known as acid erosion which is characterized by thinning and destruction of the top layer of the tooth, known as the enamel. The condition is non-reversible. The enamel is very strong but over time when subjected to all these acidic products degenerates and thins out exposing the inside of the tooth (which can also in turn be damaged) and this can lead to an increase in sensitivity and pain symptoms as well as increased susceptibility to decay. It also weakens the tooth.

2- Grinding and clenching teeth

This is a habit which is increasing steadily and seen much more frequently in many patients who present to us. There are many complex factors which lead patients to grind or clench their teeth and we see it more frequently at times of anxiety and stress. Other factors that play a role are genetics, arthritic changes in the bone and changes in the cartilage of the jaw joint, anatomy and muscular attachments, trauma, etc. Unfortunately, many patients who suffer from this condition are unaware of it and don’t realize they grind or clench (as they are usually doing it subconsciously or in their sleep) until they are informed by a clinician that there are signs of this in their mouth. If left unchecked, this condition can lead to a variety of problems and symptoms for the patient including thinning and wear of the teeth, jaw and muscular pain and headaches, difficulty in opening the mouth and chewing and cracking of the teeth.

3- Overbrushing teeth

This is usually coupled with the use of a hard toothbrush and/or an abrasive toothpaste. This leads to a condition known as abrasion. Abrasion is characterized by recession of the gum line where the overbrushing takes place and when left unchecked leads to an eventual formation of cavities at the neck of the tooth known as abrasion cavities. These can lead to severe symptoms of pain and sensitivity and it is often necessary to restore these teeth with a filling material to reduce the symptoms and effects of the abrasion. Occasionally, if the abrasion has been occurring for several years, gum surgery may be necessary to correct the recession of the gums.

4- Using non-fluoride toothpaste

The use of non-fluoride toothpaste is becoming more and more popular across the world owing to some negative advertising about the effects of fluoride on the body. Fluoride in very large doses can be toxic and can cause systemic problems however the amount of fluoride in toothpaste is minimal and is nowhere near those threshold doses.

It has been well documented with established studies that fluoride is critical in reducing the effects of decay causing foods to our teeth. Fluoride can also help remineralise tooth structure which has already been damaged (when in the early stages) hence reducing the need to fill those affected teeth. The adult dental health surveys and the child dental health surveys carried out in the UK show significant reduction of decay in patients following the introduction of fluoride to drinking water in certain cities with no adverse effects on general health and this, along with other well established clinical studies are proof enough of how effective fluoride can be to create a barrier against decay.

What is less well known is that smoking is directly linked to the progression of gum disease.

5- Smoking

Smoking has a well-known adverse effect on the general health. However, what is less well known is that smoking is directly linked to the progression of gum disease. Gum disease is a very loose term used to describe any disease that affects the supporting structures of the tooth, namely the gums and bone. If left untreated gum disease progresses to a form of the disease known as advanced periodontitis which is characterized by significant bone loss and the loosening of the teeth. There are of course other factors that cause gum disease, mainly poor oral hygiene, however smoking has been linked directly with the progression of gum disease and the disease effects appear to be multiplied in patients who smoke.

Helpful prevention tips and replacement options:

● The effects of erosion unfortunately are non-reversible and when the disease progresses significantly we may need to consider restorative options such as fillings and crowns to protect the teeth. To reduce the effect of early erosion we must consider a change in dietary habits. Limiting our intake of acidic foods will help reduce the effect of erosion. This of course does not mean cutting out on eating healthy fruits, but changing the frequency of acidic intake, instead of 3 oranges or juices a day, consider having one. We can also change our diet from acidic fruits such as oranges, apples, pineapples and kiwi to non-acidic fruits such as pears and bananas. The use of a straw helps reduce the effects of erosion significantly as the fluid bypasses the teeth upon entry into the mouth hence reducing the effect it has on the teeth. Regular sips of still water following an acidic intake can help neutralize the pH of the mouth hence also reducing the effect of erosion. We must also consider when to brush after eating, as brushing immediately after eating or drinking something acidic multiplies the effect of erosion by pushing the acid directly onto the teeth, hence brushing in the morning should be considered prior to having breakfast if the breakfast contains acidic elements such as orange juice.

● Owing to the fact that teeth grinding is usually carried out subconsciously and that there are many factors that cause it, grinding is a very difficult condition to treat.

Treatment is usually confined to a minimalistic approach of:

  1. Awareness of the condition
  2. Physiotherapy exercises
  3. Reduction in local factors contributing to grinding such as high fillings
  4. Construction of a bite guard or shield which can also act as a de-programmer to reduce the effect of grinding
  5. Occasionally a referral to a physiotherapist may be necessary.

● The effects of abrasion can be reduced by changing the hardness of the toothbrush you are using to a soft or medium toothbrush. The finer the bristles the less abrasive they are. There is a fine line between overbrushing and ineffective brushing and this needs to be pointed out to you by your dentist or hygienist. The mode of brushing also needs to be altered from a scrubbing motion to a softer round or sweeping motion. If you are using an abrasive toothpaste (some whitening toothpastes are extremely abrasive) then consider changing to a milder, less damaging one.

● The use of modern electric toothbrushes has really helped combat this condition as they are equipped with sensors known as pressure sensors which identify when you are pushing too hard onto your teeth and reduce the pressure by either slowing down or stopping, or by flashing a red light to alert you to the damage that is being done. The better brushes do both hence minimizing the damage to the teeth. Some toothpastes on the market are made specifically for patients who suffer with erosion and these can help remineralise the teeth, although the remineralisation effect is very minor.

There is no substitute in protecting our teeth more effectively than the use of fluoride toothpaste.

● There is no substitute in protecting our teeth more effectively than the use of fluoride toothpaste. Herbal toothpastes may claim to have an antibacterial effect however these do not help remineralise teeth which are already decaying. The correct use of fluoride toothpaste in the right quantities should have no detrimental overall effect on the teeth or the general health whatsoever.

● Smoking is a very difficult habit to break. Support from the people around you as well as health care professionals will help make the process less daunting and you’d be more likely to succeed. There are many nicotine alternatives on the market such as patches, gums, inhalators and e-cigarettes, however the effects are still debatable as to whether they cause harm to the body. Other ways include the use of tablets taken daily to help reduce the cravings and even hypnotherapy. Ask your medical professional for help and they will be able to point you in the right direction.

Are there any measures to reverse this?

Unfortunately, many of the conditions listed above are non-reversible and the principal aim of treatment is to reduce the damage done and stop any further deterioration. Occasionally, interventional dentistry is necessary to try and reduce the impact of the damage carried out and this can be in the form of fillings, more complex restorations such as crowns and bite guards or occasionally even more complex surgical treatments need to be carried out.

Any further advice?

The best advice that can be given to any patient is to regularly visit your dentist to help identify any of the conditions listed above as well as any other conditions or diseases and minimize the effect early. Early intervention always yields better results and better prognosis long term. Most patients believe that if they are symptom-free then they are disease free and unfortunately this is simply not correct. An asymptomatic mouth is not necessarily a healthy one and problems may be brewing which can be very difficult to treat if left unchecked.

The role of the dentist is not restricted to treating any illnesses but also to give advice to prevent future problems and can be an invaluable source of information on how to keep your mouth healthy and disease free. Remember a healthy smile reflects a healthy body!

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What Causes Yellow Teeth in Kids

This is one of the most common questions I get from parents of 6 and 7 year-olds. Even though there are multiple reasons why your child’s permanent teeth are yellow, the most common reason is the intrinsic color difference between the permanent teeth and baby teeth.

What Causes Yellow Teeth in Kids

This yellow appearance is also enhanced by the fact that they sit right next to baby teeth. This contrast between they very white baby teeth makes the grown up teeth look even more yellow.Yellow Teeth in Kids

Primary teeth have a milky white appearance when compared to the sometimes yellowish appearance of the permanent teeth. Primary teeth have thinner enamel, less amount of dentin and dentin in primary teeth is less yellow in color.

Permanent teeth have a greater amount of dentin, which is yellow in color. Since enamel is translucent the color of the dentin shows through. When all the permanent teeth have erupted the color will blend and appear uniform.

What can be done?

Young permanent teeth have very large nerve canals when they erupt and these teeth are more transparent, leading to a yellower appearance. As we age, the canals slowly calcify and the tooth will naturally lighten. 

Bleaching Kids Teeth

As for bleaching, we advise parents to wait until all of their permanent teeth to erupt (usually 12/13). Otherwise when the new adult erupt, they will not match his bleached primary teeth.

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4 Tips for a Brighter Smile at Work

So you have a solid routine of brushing and flossing twice a day, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups, but what about the times when you’re at work? What can you do to keep your pearly whites pearly while you’re in the office throughout the day? We came up with a list of tips to make sure you’re being tooth-friendly, even when you’re away from home.

  • Buy a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste, and a small floss container. Keep them in your purse or bag throughout the day, and take advantage of opportunities to spruce up your teeth. This will not only halt tooth decay, but have short-term benefits like freshening your breath, whitening your teeth by preventing stains, and getting embarrassing food particles out of your teeth!
  • Rinse after eating and drinking. On your way back from lunch, grab a bottled water and give your teeth a quick rinse before continuing your work day. This is so easy to do, and takes just a moment after a snack or meal. If you don’t have a bathroom available, just take a drink of water and swish it around in your mouth before swallowing.
  • When you do snack, snack healthy. Eating vegetables, nuts and cheese while forgoing candy and soda will keep you slim and your teeth decay-free. Also, crunchy foods, like apples or celery, stimulate saliva production while you eat them, which helps rinse your teeth clean of bacteria, and the high water content in these foods buffers their sugar content.
  • Drink your coffee from a straw. Coffee and tea can stain your teeth if you drink them directly from a cup. While giving up your morning cup of joe may be too much to ask, consider drinking through a straw. It protects your teeth from stains and the wear on your enamel that acidic drinks cause. Be selective, though. Most regular straws break down and leach chemicals when immersed in hot drinks. Look for paper straws or other products that don’t break down in hot liquids.

Follow these tips to keep your teeth glistening, and don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly!

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Smiling and Job Opportunities

In these hard economic times, many people are looking for ways to improve in their work or find better jobs. It is well known that people that like their smiles and the appearance of their teeth are not afraid of smiling, have a higher self-esteem and appear more confident. These people generally have better chances of getting promoted or obtaining a job. A smile conveys friendliness; it makes you seem approachable. Do not overlook the importance of your smile. Let your smile work for you!

Many people don’t like to smile or show their teeth because they are embarrassed. Sometimes, people don’t smile because they could be missing or have stains on their front teeth, have cavities, severe inflammation and bleeding of the gums, misalignment or crowding of their front teeth, have dental pain or abscesses or any combination of these.

With the advances in dentistry, dental materials and technology, common dental problems can be solved in fewer dental appointments. For example:

  1. Missing teeth: A temporary acrylic partial can be fabricated in a few days.
  2. Cavities: Most cavities can be restored the same day as long as there is no need for root canals.  If you have many cavities, you can ask your dentist to start restoring your front teeth, so you can start smiling sooner!
  3. Stained or darkened teeth: A regular cleaning removes external stains (from tea, coffee and tobacco). This can be done in one appointment. Dental whitening can also be done in few appointments and can remove internal stains, which include the yellowing of teeth.
  4. Severe gum inflammation: This most likely will require a deep cleaning which is generally done in two sessions using local anesthesia.
  5. Crowded and misaligned teeth:  While orthodontic treatment is the most recommended treatment, it normally takes a few years to correct severe crowing. For some cases, another option is veneers and crowns, which can be done in fewer appointments, but do require preparation of teeth.
  6. Dental pain or abscess: In this case, you will most likely require a root canal or an extraction. Antibiotics are necessary in most cases.

As briefly explained, many of the dental problems that could be stopping you from smiling and making you feel better can be resolved at the dentist in just a few appointments. I encourage you to schedule your preventive appointment now! Our practice focuses on prevention and patient education and we believe that “Prevention is less expensive than treatment of disease or conditions”. “Do not wait until it hurts”.  For further questions, you can contact us at Toll Free : 800 80 80 80.

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The Power of Smiling and the Reasons to Keep Smiling

The daily interaction with my patients has enriched me in both professionally and personally. After 15 years of practicing dentistry I have seen time and again how people that smile are happier, look healthier and live longer. These patients generally take few or no medications and have a “clean” medical history. When I run into one of these “happy and healthy old patients”, I ask them what they do to stay happy and healthy. The common answer is: Smile!

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1. A natural remedy

Studies have shown that smiling releases serotonin and endorphins. We can help our body release these brain chemicals by laughing.

2. Relieves Stress

Smiling helps prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to smile. You will feel better.

3. Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling improves immune function, possibly because you are more relaxed. Have you noticed that “Happy People” don’t get sick as often as unhappy people?

4. Lowers Your Blood Pressure

Sit for a few minutes and take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. You will see a difference.

5- Changes Moods

When someone is smiling they brighten up the room, change situations and the moods of others. A smiling person brings happiness to others.

6. Makes You Look Younger and More Attractive

We are naturally attracted to smiles. The muscles used to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Avoid surgery: Just smile more. You’ll look younger and feel better!

7. Improves your Self-Esteem

Your smile conveys friendliness; it makes you approachable. People who smile appear more confident, and are more likely to be promoted. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and see the results!

 8. Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. Hard, isn’t it? Smiling can cure anxiety and depression.

9. IT IS FREE!

ARE YOUR TEETH KEEPING YOU FROM SMILING?

If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your teeth, the dentist can help you bring back your smile!  A simple cleaning, teeth whitening, crowns or veneers could drastically improve your health and self-esteem.

At Dentcare Clinic, we are fully committed to helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information about teeth whitening, then please contact the team: dentcarecenter@gmail.com+971-4-4370111.

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Hollywood Smile Design

Dental Services That Will Have Your Smile Red-Carpet Ready

Smile Design

 

Viewers of the Academy Awards everywhere will tune in to see if their favorite actors, actresses, directors, and other cinematic professionals will win their Oscars. But when it comes to watching the Academy Awards, finding out who gets the big wins is only part of the fun. Watching who comes with who and seeing who wears what is a large part of what makes the Oscars worth throwing a party or friendly gathering for.

Year after year, viewers and reviewers spend weeks after the awards recalling which dresses were worn, commenting on the hairstyles that are sure to start trends, and wondering how the stars managed to get those Hollywood smiles. While most of us will never be able to afford that one-of-a-kind Versace gown, the good news is that a beautiful, white Hollywood smile is just a call away.

Smile Design

Smile Design offers you the opportunity to achieve a smile that is as bright and beautiful as the stars’ on Oscar night. Smile Design offers a suite of services to choose from that, when added to a strategically crafted dental plan, result in a confidence-boosting aesthetic.

Smile Design services include:

Dental implants:

Implants offer a permanent, long-term solution for missing teeth. Not only do they look and feel like natural teeth, they also maintain your facial structure and integrity. A dental implant consists of a small, screw-shaped, titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth and is covered by a porcelain tooth-like crown that will give you back your natural smile. Depending on the number of missing teeth, there are options for single-tooth and multitooth replacement.

Crowns:

Over time teeth can become weak or severely worn down, leading to decay, cracking, and breaking. Porcelain crowns are the perfect restoration for cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. These natural-looking covers make imperfections in teeth entirely unnoticeable. When crafted carefully and with your individual needs in mind, a permanent crown can restore your confidence, comfort, and overall quality of life.

Teeth whitening:

As you age, your teeth are exposed to foods and drinks that stain them. Though your teeth may be perfectly healthy, they can appear damaged and make you look older. Fortunately, if you have deep stains or want to achieve a brighter smile quickly, there are teeth-whitening options that can help you acquire a beautiful, youthful-looking, bright smile. Both at-home and in-office treatment options are available and use the most effective teeth-whitening systems available today. All treatment options are simple and noninvasive.

Porcelain veneers:

Sometimes teeth are damaged or discolored in a way that can’t be corrected with crowns or whiting treatments. When this happens, veneers offer a beautiful solution. These ultra-thin, tooth-colored coverings are custom made and are fit to the front surface of your teeth, changing the appearance to the size and shape you desire. Veneers are perfect for fixing discolored and chipped teeth.

Straightening:

Straightening your smile no longer requires years of wearing metal wires on your teeth. There are a variety of “invisible” straightening options, such as Six Month Smiles® and Invisalign®, which allow you to have a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile in just a matter of months.

If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable with or embarrassed about your smile, or if you simply wish it was just a bit brighter or whiter, Desert Valley Dentistry can help you with our cosmetic and Smile Design services. Call us at Toll Free : 800 80 80 80 to set up your personal consultation — and look forward to feeling red-carpet ready in no time at all.

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9 Tips for a Perfect Hollywood Smile

Many dream of healthy and beautiful teeth, but few people dare to try chemical whitening.

We at DentCare have found several procedures you can perform at home that won’t damage your enamel or do you any harm at all. Of course, these tricks are not a substitute for regular visits to the dentist. But if you follow this advice on a regular basis you’ll see your teeth lighten up a few tones, while your gums will become healthier.

DIY whitening toothpaste

Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric with the same amount of clear coconut oil and 2-3 drops of mint oil. Use this mix as you would regular toothpaste — it will take care of your enamel, whiten your teeth, and freshen your breath.

Tea tree oil

If you dilute 5 drops of 100% tea tree oil in half a glass of water and rinse your mouth with it every day after brushing your teeth, you’ll see the results in just a couple of weeks. To make the effect even more striking, clean your teeth additionally with a drop of oil once or twice a week, though not more often.

Strawberry paste

Take a fresh strawberry, and crush it with a spoon. Mix it with the finest sea salt you can find (try grinding it in a coffee grinder), put the resulting paste on a toothbrush, and lightly massage your teeth for a few minutes. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly. To protect your enamel, do this no more often than once every 2 weeks.

Coconut oil

Apply some oil to your teeth before brushing them, leave it there for 15-20 minutes, then thoroughly brush with your toothpaste. Repeat this 2 or 3 times a week.

Activated charcoal mask

Mix ground charcoal with water to get a sour-cream texture, then carefully apply it to your teeth. Leave it there for 2 minutes, and rinse your mouth thoroughly. After that, brush your teeth. Repeat this once or twice a week.

Banana peel whitener

Banana peel contains substances that dissolve dental plaque and help maintain the perfect color of your teeth. Rub the inside of the peel into your teeth from both sides, and wait for 5-7 minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. Repeat as often as you like.

Lemon mouthwash

This DIY mouthwash will help you whiten your teeth gradually and keep your breath fresh. Take 3 parts lemon juice and 1 part fine salt, mix them together, and rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing your teeth. Use this method 2 or 3 times a week.
Warning: don’t use this mouthwash if you have inflammations in your mouth.

Basil leaves

Grind fresh basil leaves to make a puree, and use it regularly instead of your ordinary toothpaste to whiten your teeth and make them healthier. You can also apply it for 5-10 minutes before brushing your teeth as usual.

Aloe vera

To obtain a truly Hollywood smile, use fresh aloe vera juice or buy some natural gel made from this plant. Rub some into your teeth, massage them with a toothbrush, and rinse thoroughly. You can do this after each brushing, and after a couple of weeks your smile will be bright and sparkling white.

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The 8 Dos and Don’ts of Getting a Hollywood Smile

We Reached Out To a Tooth Tech Expert To See What Tips And Tricks To Be Mindful Of When Taking The Pearly Plunge On a Whiter, Brighter Smile

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A sparkling set of pearly whites are often thought to be the secret behind the ultimate winning smile – not to mention Hollywood-esque good looks.

A recent study carried out by researchers from Leeds and Central Lancashire University revealed that when presented with 150 images of men and women, partakers chose those with the most evenly spaced, white teeth as the most attractive. When delving deeper into the reasons behind why this was, it was concluded that teeth are viewed as the human equivalent of a peacock’s tail – a sign of health and genetic quality designed to help choose a mate. And, having witnessed many a celebrity transformation thanks to a new set of bright white gnashers, we know the dazzling difference they can make.

Aside from the risk of wasting money on products which do not work, it is even more imperative to make the right decision, as many unlicensed treatments or products can put your oral health at risk, causing irreparable damage to your teeth and enamel.

1. Do Visit a Dentist

When considering undergoing teeth whitening, it is crucial that you visit a qualified and registered dentist. The UK General Dental Council has deemed that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and therefore it should only be carried out by appropriately trained and registered dental professionals.

It’s fine to use at-home treatments that are supervised by a dentist if the appropriate whitening gel is used as these can be very effective and convenient. However, beware of gels bought on the internet as at best they do nothing to improve the whiteness of your teeth, and at worst can be extremely acidic and harmful to your teeth.

2. Don’t Expect Miracles From Toothpaste

All toothpastes have a detergent-like effect on the surface of the teeth, and when combined with brushing will remove superficial stains, making the teeth feel and look cleaner. Whitening toothpastes are basically for stain removal and use either enzymes or mechanical particles to remove stains. They may be useful if you drink lots of tea, coffee and other stain-producing liquids and foods, but they do not whiten teeth.

3. Do Look At The Ingredientshollywood smile

In 2012, a change in EU regulations made sure that the maximum concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide allowed in whitening gel is 6%. If you are offered anything above this concentration, then it is illegal and you must not use it. Make sure to report any suspected illegal whitening practice to your dentist.

At Dentcare, we use the PrevDent power whitening; the treatment uses the standard 6% hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth, but the solution also contains tiny particles of the same mineral found in teeth and bones that give them their hardness and strength. These particles adhere to your tooth enamel and exposed dentin, filling in the lesions, restoring the enamel, reducing tooth sensitivity and creating a smoother tooth surface. PrevDent achieves very good results with a less aggressive ingredient and this results in far less sensitivity for the patient overall.

4. Don’t Forget Your Fillings

It is important to remember that when undertaking tooth whitening, only the natural tooth structure will change shade. Any pre-existing tooth coloured restorations, such as fillings, will likely no longer match the surrounding tooth and will need replacing. Ideally, you should whiten the teeth to your desired colour and then change the fillings to match. Before undergoing teeth whitening you should also choose a shade that will suit your face and not give you that unnatural Hollywood look. It is best to pick the shade that relates to your skin tone – using the shade of your sclera (white of your eyes) is a good guide.

5. Don’t Substitute Regular Visits To The Dentist With Oil Pulling

Oil pulling to whiten teeth and improve overall oral health has become increasingly popular with many celebrities endorsing the craze; however, there has been no evidence to date that this method works. Essentially, this technique involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 15-20 minutes; this then supposedly draws out toxins in your body and your mouth, improving your oral health and in turn, whitening teeth as stains are drawn out and removed.

If you are going to try this technique make sure you do not substitute it with your regular visits to the dentist as it will not reverse tooth decay or help extensively to whiten teeth. Some stains may be removed, but regular visits to the dentist are still essential and it is advised that whitening treatments must always be carried out by your dentist.

6. Do Be Aware Of Over-The-Counter Uv Kits

Although DIY kits bought over-the-counter claim to be safe, they can easily be used incorrectly and research has shown that they can lead to stomach problems, mouth infections, toothache, gum- shrinking and even nerve damage. Ideally It is best not to use these kits as you can also result in having spotted or patchy teeth due to an uneven spread of bleach.

Professional home whitening systems provided by your dentist are highly effective – however, products available on the high street do not contain enough active ingredient of Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide to have any real effect on the tooth colour.

7. Don’t Use Whitening Strips More Than Once A Year

Teeth whitening strips are reasonably priced and easy to order, and if you have used them before you will notice a brighter and whiter smile. However, when used excessively these strips can cause damage and painful sensitivity to your teeth. You may also find that white spots occur on your gums which is not ideal; the strips themselves do not actually get into the crevices between teeth so you may also see uneven colour. If you are going to use whitening strips though then it is best to stick to the recommended usage of no more than one course a year.

8. Do Steer Clear Of Staining Foods After Whitening

There is no hard evidence that you need to avoid consuming coloured foods when teeth are whitened, however it is best to steer clear of foods that would stain a white ceramic bowl when left to sit in it for a few hours. Generally the biggest culprits for staining teeth that you should avoid straight after whitening are tobacco, black tea or coffee and red wine.

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