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Teeth tend to become dull or stained over time, even if you practice good oral hygiene. Fortunately, teeth whitening offered by your Okemos, MI, dentist, Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care, can help you brighten your smile.

How professional whitening can improve your appearance

There's certainly no shortage of whitening products online and in the aisles of Okemos drugstores. While these products can be helpful, they don't always produce the expected results.

Using over-the-counter products may take much longer than you anticipated, causing you to give up on whitening your smile. Even worse, some abrasive products can even wear away your tooth enamel and expose the yellower dentin layer underneath.

Professional whitening offers safe, consistent, quick results. In fact, a whitening session at the dental office only takes about an hour. Whitening brightens your teeth by getting rid of the dark pigments that cause stains. The pigments are found in many types of foods, including:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cola and other soft drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Ice pops
  • Candy
  • Berries

Pigments from tobacco products and dark foods and beverages become stuck in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As these pigments collect, your teeth begin to look dull and yellow.

Teeth whitening gets rid of the stains by breaking apart and removing the pigments. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the whitening gel your dentist uses, is a very effective stain buster. Although hydrogen peroxide is also found in over-the-counter gels, your dentist uses a stronger formulation that works quickly and more effectively.

Whitening offers impressive results

When you choose professional whitening, you'll see a definite change in your appearance. It's not unusual to notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in the color of your teeth.

If you prefer, you can also use a take-home kit provided by your dentist. You'll receive custom trays and a supply of whitening gel, which you'll use for several weeks. Whether you choose in-office or at-home whitening, you'll love the way your smile looks after teeth whitening.

Are you ready to give teeth whitening a try? Call your dentist in Okemos, MI, Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care, at (517) 349-9860 to schedule your appointment.

By Eby Dental Care
November 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   porcelain veneers  

If you're dissatisfied with how worn and chipped your front teeth look, Eby Dental Care has the cosmetic treatment for you. Designed and placed by your Okemos, MI, dentist, porcelain veneers disguise a variety of dental flaws, giving you a beautiful smile and wonderful self-confidence. Dr. Eric Eby recommends these dental laminates frequently, and they may be right for you too.

What is a porcelain veneer?

Porcelain veneers are a thin piece of tooth-shaped ceramic. It covers the front of a tooth marred by stains, wear, unusual shape or deficient size, and other defects. These flaws do not compromise the health or function of your teeth but do impact smile aesthetics.

What does the treatment involve?

Porcelain veneers involve several steps spread over two or three appointments at Eby Dental Care. They include:

  1. An oral exam and X-rays. Your teeth and gums must be disease-free to receive porcelain veneers. This evaluation will determine how healthy your mouth is.
  2. Treatment goals and planning. In this step, you and your Okemos dentist will discuss how you wish your smile to change. He may show you virtual representations of your finished smile.
  3. Oral impressions. Taken digitally or with impression putty, these negative imprints give the lab technician information necessary for proper fit, bite, shape, and size.
  4. Enamel preparation. Veneers are permanent. Dr. Eby will use special dental tools to remove some enamel from each tooth, thus ensuring an accurate fit for your veneers.
  5. Veneer placement. Dr. Eby uses a naturally-colored cement to bond the veneers on the front surfaces of your teeth.

Do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers last about ten years, but you must not abuse them, says the Consumer Guide to Dentistry. That means brush and floss conscientiously, avoid hard foods, and never use your teeth to open packages. Grinding your teeth can crack, chip, dislodge, or wear down your veneers. So, see your Okemos dentist about a bite guard to wear at night. Go to Eby Dental Care two times a year for professional cleanings and exams.

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Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services available today. They renew smiles just like yours, and our patients love the outcome. Call your dentist, Dr. Eric Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI. Learn your options for a great smile. Phone (517) 349-9860.