Eby Dental Care Blog
By Eby Dental Care
September 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Okemos, MI, can give you a brilliant smile

If your smile isn’t as bright and white as you want it to be, it’s time to give it a little extra TLC. It’s time for a professional teeth whitening treatment! Don’t settle for a dull smile, when your new bright white smile is just a phone call away.

Dr. Eric Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, offers comprehensive dental care, including teeth whitening, to give you a brilliant smile.

Your smile is your trademark, so you need to make it stand out. Professional teeth whitening is just the right touch you need. Consider that professional teeth whitening can:

  • Whiten your smile up to 8 shades, to give you a smile people will notice
  • Give you results that can last up to 5 years, and that’s far longer than over-the-counter products
  • Provide safe whitening, because all products and methods have been approved by the American Dental Association
  • Give your smile a quick boost, because the in-office whitening treatment takes only about an hour

At Eby Dental Care, you can choose either of these teeth whitening treatments to give you a brilliant smile. Consider:

  • In-office whitening, if you want the quickest option to give you a white smile; in-office teeth whitening fits in with your busy schedule because it only takes an hour to achieve outstanding results.
  • Take-home whitening, if you want to whiten your teeth in the privacy and convenience of your home; take-home whitening comes in kit form, containing prescription-strength whitening gel and custom trays, to allow you to whiten at your own pace.

If you have a special event coming up, there’s nothing like professional teeth whitening to make an impression, or if you just want to look your best.

To learn more about the magic of professional teeth whitening, call Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, at (517) 349-9860. Call today and get started on your brilliant smile!


Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.

There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist's professional whitening, these DIY kits can still give you effective results.

But since these products involve chemical solutions that bleach tooth enamel, there's a common concern about their safety. Could you be harming your teeth by using a home whitening kit?

The answer is no—as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product. These kits have been formulated with a lower percentage of bleaching agent (usually 10% carbamide peroxide) than whitening solutions used by dentists. They've also been subjected to several clinical studies gauging both their effectiveness and safety.

That said, though, exceeding a product's recommended directions and frequency of use could cause you problems. If not used properly, a bleaching solution can erode tooth enamel—and this protective tooth layer doesn't grow back! As long as you whiten "within the lines," so to speak, you shouldn't encounter this kind of situation.

With that said, though, there are good reasons to consult your dentist before using a whitening product, or have them perform the whitening for you.

For one thing, an over-the-counter whitening product won't work if the staining originates from inside a tooth. It's wise, then, to have a dental examination first before using a whitening product to uncover this or any other underlying dental problems that should be addressed first.

You may also find a professional whitening will give you a more desirable result. A stronger professional bleaching solution under a dentist's expert control can produce a brighter, longer lasting smile than a home use product. A dentist may also be able to control the level of brightness better to help you achieve the smile effect you desire, from subtle white to ultra-bright.

Whichever way you go, your dentist can advise you on your options and make sure your teeth are in good shape for whitening. The end result can be a brighter smile—and a brighter mood.

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.”


There are different ways to ease a child's potential nervousness with dental visits, like starting those visits around their first birthday or seeing a pediatric dentist who specializes in children. But even doing those things won't guarantee your child won't develop some form of dental anxiety, which could complicate their dental care.

To help make appointments easier for anxious children, many dentists use conscious sedation as a means of helping them relax. With this technique, the dentist administers a mild sedative to the child to take the edge off their nervousness, while allowing them to remain awake during treatment.

Sedation isn't anesthesia, the means we use to stop pain during treatment (although sedation may be used with anesthesia). Rather, sedation reduces emotional fear and anxiety. And unlike general anesthesia, a sedated child can still breathe without assistance and, depending on the depth of the sedation, respond to physical and verbal stimuli.

In most cases, children are administered sedation medications by mouth, usually as a syrup, although on occasion it might be delivered intravenously with an IV. The dose is usually given some time before their treatment session after the dentist has evaluated them. Dentists mostly use mild sedatives like Midazolam or Hydroxyzine with very little risk of side effects for children.

During the procedure, a designated staff member continually monitors the child's vital signs. Besides heart rate, pulse and respirations, they may also check the child's exhaled carbon dioxide levels to ensure they're breathing normally.

After the treatment session is over, staff will continue to monitor the child until their vital signs return to pre-sedation levels. If the child is of driving age, they'll need someone to drive them home. Children who've been sedated should remain home for the rest of the day, but they can usually return to school the next day depending on what kind of dental work they've undergone.

Dentists follow strict protocols for pediatric sedation adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Society, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, many states have also established processes for administering sedation therapy. It's a safe and effective method to ease a child's anxiety over their dental visit.

If you would like more information on making dental visits easier for kids, 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 “Sedation Dentistry For Kids.”


The few teeth your one or two year old has will eventually fall out in a few years—so, why be concerned about tooth decay this early? Actually, you should: Fighting tooth decay should always be a priority, even at this early age.

Even though primary teeth are short-lived, they make a huge impact on future dental health. These early teeth help guide the eruption of permanent teeth—if lost prematurely to decay, the later teeth may come in misaligned and create a poor bite. Preserving them could help you avoid later orthodontic treatment.

Fortunately, you can help prevent decay in your child's primary teeth. Here's how.

Practice oral hygiene even before teeth. You should begin daily oral hygiene, the principal defense against tooth decay, even before their first teeth emerge. You can reduce harmful bacteria in their mouths by wiping their gums with a clean cloth after nursing. When teeth appear, begin brushing with just a smear of toothpaste.

Limit sugar consumption. Because decay-causing bacteria thrive on sugar, reduce your child's intake in snacks and beverages. For example, don't put them down for bed with a bottle filled with a sugary liquid like juice, sweetened drinks or even formula or breast milk. If you do give them a night-time bottle, fill it only with water.

Avoid bacterial transfer. Your child's immature immune system can't handle the same level of bacteria as in your mouth. So, reduce the chances of bacterial transfer that may cause tooth decay by avoiding kissing on the mouth or sharing eating or drinking utensils with your infant.

Begin dental visits early. Even though they may have few teeth by their first birthday, it's still a good time to begin your child's regular dental visits. Your dentist may be able to diagnose decay early (and treat for maximum effectiveness), as well as provide sealants, topical fluoride and other measures for preventing decay.

Tooth decay at an early age could impact your child's future dental health. Taking steps now to reduce it could help ensure they have healthy teeth and gums later in life.

If you would like more information on dental care for children, 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 “Do Babies Get Tooth Decay?

By Eby Dental Care
August 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

You can completely transform your smile with veneers. They can reshape teeth that are crooked or oddly shaped, as well as conceal stains and discolorations. Veneers also give cracked or chipped teeth a flawless new look. In Okemos, MI, veneers are available at Eby Dental Care, where Dr. Eric Eby can reshape your smile into the one you’ve always wanted.

How Veneers Help

A dental veneer is a thin laminate cemented to the front surface of a tooth to conceal imperfections and improve its appearance. Veneers can be made from various materials, but porcelain is commonly used because it looks just like tooth enamel. Once in place, porcelain veneers look completely natural. Each veneer is also custom-made to be the perfect size and shape.

Veneers help enhance and reshape your smile by addressing a wide range of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Dull, stained, or discolored teeth

Veneers are permanently cemented in place and are strong enough to bite and chew food. You can enjoy your favorite foods without causing the veneers to come loose or slip out of place. Our skilled dentist can enhance your smile with custom veneers at our Okemos, MI, dental office.

Getting Veneers

Getting custom veneers only takes a few simple steps. After identifying which teeth could benefit from veneers, those teeth are then prepped. A thin layer of enamel is carefully shaved from the teeth to make room for the veneers. Doing this allows the veneers to sit flush with the surrounding teeth rather than stick out past them.

After prepping the teeth, a mold is taken that will be used to create your custom veneers. The mold is sent to a dental lab that will fabricate the veneers and then send them back to the dentist’s office. While waiting for your custom veneers to be ready, a temporary set of veneers can be placed on the teeth. Once the custom ones have been made, you will return to the dentist’s office to have them permanently cemented onto the teeth.

Reshaping teeth and concealing imperfections is easy with porcelain veneers. For custom veneers in Okemos, MI, schedule a consultation with Dr. Eby by calling Eby Dental Care at (517) 349-9860.

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