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You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.

You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?

By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.

In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.

As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.

Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.

You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Signature Smiles, LLC
June 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

A person’s smile can have an enormous influence on how others perceive them. At Signature Smiles in Toms River, Dr. Carmela LaFalce specializes in offering the highest-quality cosmetic dentistry work. Between regular oral exams, to teeth whitenings and dental implants, Dr. Lafalce will make sure your smile looks beautiful for years to come.Cosmetic Dentistry

Here are a few benefits you can expect from her expert work:

Boost your confidence:

To put it simply, people with beautiful teeth tend to smile more frequently. In conjunction, those who are self-conscious of the quality of their teeth, are typically uncomfortable standing out.

Social butterflies often have a set of pearly-whites that they love to share. Which leads us to the next benefit.

Improved social life:

Those who smile frequently, appear to others as more positive, in-turn making them more likable. Even if someone has a great personality, no one will know if they’re afraid to show it.

Enhance Your Career:

Many underestimate how much of a social aspect is present in the workplace. Hard work will go a long way, but people also prefer to work with employees they enjoy spending time with. A positive, charismatic persona could be the key to taking the next leap in one’s career.

Reduce pain/ discomfort:

In addition to the mental benefits of having a great smile, there are hidden medical benefits to it as well. Tooth pain, such as from cold substances and sugar on sensitive teeth, can be remedied with the best Toms River cosmetic dentistry work.

Using either fillings, crowns, or dental implants, the damaged or decayed portions of teeth can be removed, and replaced with sturdy material to keep you smiling.

Prevent future decay:

As a large bonus, these fillings and implants will help prevent future decay in those areas.

For more information on the best Toms River cosmetic dentistry work available, contact Signature Smiles, at (732) 244-4114.

By Signature Smiles, LLC
June 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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