Archive for April, 2013

Teeth Whitening in Catonsville, Maryland from Affinity Dental Associates

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Almost every person on the planet wants blindly bright, white teeth. However, even with regular dental hygiene and a good diet, a person’s teeth could still not reach their brightest, whitest potential. Teeth whitening procedures are now common and are one of the best ways to achieve that luminous brightness that you’ve always wanted. After the procedure, you’ll be able to show off your new bright smile to people and relish in their reactions. A whiter smile really does turn heads – and it can give you more confidence in all of your day-to-day activities.

Discoloration of the the teeth can be the result of genetics, medication, poor oral hygiene, aging, smoking, certain foods and beverages, or a combination of these factors. At Affinity Dental Associates in Catonsville, MD, we use the Venus Chairside Whitening Gel. Venus Chairside Whitening Gel is a chemically activated 38% hydrogen peroxide formula. It is an amazing system eliminates the need for an Ultraviolet light used in other systems, which may be irritating to those with sensitive skin, or patients who prefer to avoid unecessary UV rays.

The procedure is always performed by an experienced dental professional, so you can be assured that the procedure is safe. We place a bite guard in your mouth so you can rest comfortably while your teeth are isolated and the gel is applied directly to your teeth. You can eat or drink again as soon as the procedure is complete!

Speaking with your local Catonsville dentist can determine what kind of treatment is right for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow-ish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Whitening also may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener usually won’t affect the color of these materials, and they might stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers, LUMINEERS® or dental bonding. For the best advice, ask your local Catonsville, Marlyand dentist.

Teeth whitening doesn’t damage a tooth’s enamel and won’t damage a tooth’s nerves or any existing dental restoration work. However, depending on the restoration work, new work might need to be done to match the color of the whitening. And although teeth whitening is not permanent, you can prolong its effects by practicing good dental hygiene and by maintaining a good diet. Keeping good dental habits will help your new, luminous smile last a lot longer.

Affinity Dental Associates: Teeth Whitening in Catonsville, Maryland

The dentists at Affinity Dental Associates have over 170 years of combined experience delivering exceptional dental care to our patients. They and the rest of the oral health professionals at Affinity Dental Associates strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable.

If you have any questions about Catonsville Teeth Whitening, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

Sources:

FAQ on Teeth Whitening, Ultimate Smile

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening, WebMD

LUMINEERS® Now At Your Catonsville, Maryland Dentist!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

If you’ve ever wanted straighter teeth and a permanently whiter smile brought on by a painless procedure, look no further than LUMINEERS®. These are unique, ultra-thin highly translucent veneers that replicate the natural appearance of enamel. They’re superior to traditional veneers given the fact that traditional veneers are thicker and require a grinding down of your original tooth structure to implement. LUMINEERS® are so thin that almost no tooth reduction is necessary and they’re so resilient that they can last to up to 20 years! And now they’re available to you, Maryland!

The procedure is pain-free and will completely reshape and whiten your teeth. The procedure itself requires little to no preparation and no need for shots or drilling or removal of painful tooth structure. Once the procedure is finished, there is no post-procedure discomfort or sensitivity. This means you won’t feel the difference – but you’ll certainly see the difference. It’ll only take typically two dental visits to your local Catonsville dentists to complete your LUMINEERS® treatment.

As far as what happens during the procedure, during the first visit the dentist will create a mold and discuss with you which shade of white that you feel you want. Then, that mold is sent to the DenMat Lab where your custom LUMINEERS® are created. During your second visit, your dentist will apply the LUMINEERS® to your teeth in a totally pain-free procedure. After that, you’ll be ready to go out around Maryland and beyond to enjoy the rest of your life with whiter teeth!

Food restrictions? Not with LUMINEERS®! You can eat and drink what you want, when you want. As long as you keep up with regular oral hygiene and see a dentist regularly, you’ll be home free with the awesome satisfaction of a whiter smile, straighter teeth and the confidence to go out and do the things that you want to do.

And if you have second thoughts about LUMINEERS®, they’re completely reversable since your normal tooth structure is still intact and not grinded down!

So what if nature didn’t give you a perfect smile? Now you can get the look you’ve always wanted with LUMINEERS® BY CERINATE®. What makes a natural-looking smile more possible than ever before is the innovative technology behind Cerinate Porcelain. LUMINEERS® can be made as thin as a contact lens and are translucent enough to look like your real teeth. And, even better, there’s no painful fitting because your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist doesn’t need to use a drill or anesthetic to prepare your teeth.In other words, getting a new smile now is…well, something to smile about.

Affinity Dental Associates: LUMINEERS® in Catonsville, Maryland

The dentists at Affinity Dental Associates have over 170 years of combined experience delivering exceptional dental care to our patients. They and the rest of the oral health professionals at Affinity Dental Associates strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable.

If you have any questions about Catonsville LUMINEERS®, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

Source: LUMINEERS FAQ, LUMINEERS.com

Laser Dentistry: The Future in Catonsville, Maryland

Friday, April 12th, 2013

The future is here, Catonsville! That’s right: laser dentistry. It’s not science fiction, it’s real! Laser Dentistry is an extremely safe, comfortable and precise method of dentistry that in most cases requires no needles or numbness. Laser dentistry uses laser energized water to safely perform dental procedures. The laser energy is produced by combining a spray of atomized water with laser energy. The energized water gently and precisely removes a wide range of human tissue including tooth enamel and soft tissue (gum) without heat or vibration. Since there is no heat or vibration the laser reduces the need for needles and anesthesia. The laser can make cavity preparations, numb teeth and gums and remove soft tissue without needles or numb feeling. It can also help relieve painful canker sores and accelerate their healing.

The benefits of laser dentistry are numerous and are not limited to the fact you can enjoy the advancement of it right in Catonsville, Maryland. With laser dentistry, you may not require sutures (stitches) after your procedure. Certain laser dentistry procedures don’t require anesthesia. It minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, lessening the chance for blood loss.

Any bacterial infections that could result are very much minimized because the high-energy laser beam sterilizes the area being operated on. The damage to surrounding tissue from procedures is minimized and wounds heal faster as tissues can become regenerated. The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures we otherwise may have not be capable of performing. This precision laser dentistry technology has been implemented in Maryland into many common and uncommon procedures.

Just a few of the procedures that use laser dentistry include early cavity detection (done by providing a reading of tooth decay by-products), dental fillings and even painless and suture free removal of benign tumors that may have formed on the gums, palate, sides of cheeks or lips. The early cavity detection done with laser dentistry is done with Diagnodent. Diagnodent is a non-invasive, painless tool used to detect tooth decay that is not yet visible and would otherwise go undiagnosed by conventional methods. Dental researchers agree that when used by themselves the traditional methods of detecting tooth decay are inadequate and outdated for modern dentistry.

Affinity Dental Associates: Laser Dentistry in Catonsville, Maryland

The dentists at Affinity Dental Associates have over 170 years of combined experience delivering exceptional dental care to our patients. They and the rest of the oral health professionals at Affinity Dental Associates strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable.

If you have any questions about Catonsville Laser Dentistry, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

Source:

1. Laser Dentistry: Enhancing Dental Treatment with Lasers, Consumer Guide to Dentistry