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By Signature Smiles, LLC
October 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Getting a smile upgrade doesn’t necessarily require extensive dental work. You might be able to change your appearance for the better with teeth whitening.

This technique employs a bleaching solution that brightens dull enamel, the outermost layer of teeth. It isn’t a permanent fix, but if cared for properly your brighter smile could last two years or more.

Here’s what you need to know about this proven smile brightener.

Know your options. Enamel whitening is usually obtained in one of three ways: a dentist performing the procedure in-office; at home using custom trays created by a dentist; or at home with an over-the-counter whitening product. The in-office option is the most expensive—but since dentists use a stronger bleaching solution, your brighter tint may last longer and dentists can control the degree of whiteness better.

Know your preferences. That last point is important if you’re looking for a particular look. Teeth whitening can give you a dazzling “Hollywood” smile or one that’s a bit more subtle. It all depends on your lifestyle and personal preferences. Because of their advanced techniques and equipment, you may have better chances getting the look you want from your dentist rather than by doing it yourself.

Know your limitations. This type of teeth whitening won’t work if the staining originates within the teeth—for that you’ll need an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform. You’ll also want to be careful with any whitening if you have dental work like crowns, veneers or fillings: the bleaching solution won’t alter these materials’ color, which could make them stand out beside whitened natural teeth. And if you have diseased teeth and gums, those need to be treated first before any cosmetic procedures like whitening.

Teeth whitening is a great way to take years off a smile. Even if you plan to whiten your teeth at home see your dentist first for a complete examination and helpful tips on products and techniques.

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 “Important Teeth Whitening Question…Answered!

By Signature Smiles, LLC
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

If your teeth have you feeling down about your appearance, teeth whitening may be just what you need to boost your smile and improve your self-esteem. Learning how professional whitening procedures can benefit you and understanding the qualifications for a good candidate for the process can help you make an informed decision regarding your cosmetic dentistry treatment plan. Find out more about teeth whitening and how it can rejuvenate your smile with Dr. Carmela LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ.

How can teeth whitening help my smile? 
A professional teeth whitening treatment at your dentist’s office is powerful enough to lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single session. Depending on your preferences and teeth, your dentist can adjust your whitening treatment to help you get the results you want. Not only will you look great, but you will also feel great, too. Improving your smile can also improve your confidence and self-esteem and help make face-to-face interactions more enjoyable.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening? 
Though teeth whitening can help almost anyone’s smile, there are some instances where a patient may not make a great candidate for this procedure. Patients who have tooth decay or gum disease should treat those conditions prior to considering teeth whitening. Additionally, those who have visible porcelain dental restorations, such as a bridge, dental crown, or veneers, should consult with their dentist before considering teeth whitening. The treatment does not work on porcelain, resulting in an unevenly-colored smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments in Toms River, NJ
If you think you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, you should talk with your dentist about this fast, simple cosmetic dental procedure. A consultation allows you to ask questions or address concerns and go over how the process works and what you can expect during your procedure.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Carmela LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Call (732) 244-4114 to schedule your appointment with Dr. LaFalce today!

By Signature Smiles, LLC
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Put down that at-home whitening kit and read on about how you can achieve a truly whiter smile.teeth whitening

You have been trying whitening kit after whitening kit to no avail. It doesn’t really seem to be making much of a difference. After all, you still notice that your teeth just aren’t as radiant as you had hoped after weeks of use. If this sounds like the scenario you are currently dealing with, our Toms River, NJ, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Carmela LaFalce, has an easy way to turn your smile around.

What is professional teeth whitening?

If you’ve ever wished you could alter the color of your teeth and remove stains and discolorations then you are in luck. This is exactly what in-office whitening can do for you. This is the reason our in-office teeth whitening system has become such a popular option for so many in Toms River. It’s a quick fix to say goodbye to dull, yellowing teeth and to get a smile that’s several shades whiter.

While a lot of people can get the results they want in just one session, it’s important to know that you can continue to come back for multiple sessions in order to improve the color of your teeth and to get an even brighter smile. This is often the case for patients with more severe stains.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Our whitening gel is different than the ones you’ll find at your local drugstore or supermarket. While these gels, across the board, contain one active whitening ingredient (usually carbamide or hydrogen peroxide), the professional whitening system that your Toms River dentist uses contains a higher percentage of the active ingredient, which means that you’ll obtain results faster.

Once the gel is painted over teeth, sometimes a laser is directed over the teeth to active the whitening components of the gel, break up stubborn stains faster and get your smile visibly whiter. Professional teeth whitening is the strongest whitening system you can find and it works best on external stains caused by aging and certain foods and drinks.

If you are ready to turn heads with a beautiful smile, then it’s time you called the dental experts at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ, to help you out. Walk into our office and walk out with a smile that radiates.

By Signature Smiles, LLC
December 14, 2016
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.”


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.”

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

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