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By Jonathan Eagle DDS
March 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningAre you satisfied with your smile? If you have healthy teeth with no structural problems, that's great! But what about the appearance of your teeth? If your teeth are discolored or stained due to aging, injury, antibiotics, heredity, smoking, or staining foods and beverages, there is an easy, affordable solution - teeth whitening. At your Grand Rapids dentist, Jonathan Eagle DDS, you can opt for the professional whitening that will leave your dulled smile gleaming again! But you've likely also seen products at your local drug store that claim to whiten teeth just as well. So what's the real difference between over-the-counter and professional whitening?

What are the pluses and minuses of over the counter whitening products?

There are many tooth whitening products are out on the market today. Quality gels, toothpastes, trays and rinses will carry a Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). Usually, their active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, and when used according to the manufacturer's directions, they can whiten teeth a few shades. These products may require use one or 2 times a day for several days, and results can last for some months. On the downside, over the counter products may cause gum and tooth sensitivity if not correctly applied. In general, they cost less than in-office whitening, but they are not as effective as products applied by dentists.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of in-office whitening?

It is best to have your dentist examine your teeth and gums to see if whitening is right for you. Dr. Eagle can tell if your tooth enamel is strong enough and gums healthy enough for whitening, and how well the procedure will work. The trays that are used to apply the peroxide-based whitening product are custom-fitted by the dentist, and results are usually quicker, brighter and longer-lasting than store-bought products. The dentist may do some of the whitening in the office with the patient finishing up at home. A follow-up visit checks on how well the product worked, and also looks for any problems such as tooth and gum sensitivity. Professional procedures can improve the color of tooth enamel dramatically, and the results last for several years, especially when the patient and dentist touch-up the work. These procedures cost somewhat more than over the counter whitening.

Regardless of whether whitening is done by a dentist or at home, some individuals should not whiten their teeth. These patients have:

  • periodontal (gum) disease
  • extensive decay
  • are pregnant
  • are children or adolescents
  • have many restorations such as crowns or bridgework
  • are allergic to the ingredients in the whitening applications
  • have sensitive teeth

Tooth Whitening in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Eagle offers many innovative dental services to improve your smile and keep it healthy, too. He can answer your questions about tooth whitening and other cosmetic dental procedures and evaluate what may be right for your teeth. Call his friendly staff today for an appointment: 616-361-9330.

By Jonathan Eagle, D.D.S.
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: White Teeth  

Before whitening products and dental solutions hit the market, many Americans had to settle for a less than stellar shade for their teeth. Now it's possible to walk into your dentist's office then back out in an hour with considerably brighter teeth. Consider these four benefits of getting whiter teeth from Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Jonathan Eagle.

1. Youthful Features
If you’re concerned about maintaining a youthful appearance, one benefit of whiter teeth is that they make you look younger. Yellow, dull Cosmetic Dentistryand discolored teeth are one common symptom associated with the process of aging. The older a person gets the more wear and tear start to show up on the teeth. A whitening appointment can zap youth right back into your smile. 

2. More Confidence When Dating
Another advantage of whiter teeth is that it gives you more confidence when you’re on dates and in close, friendly settings. Have you ever been on a date and found yourself hiding your smile or trying not to smile for fear of what the other person would think of your teeth? After tooth whitening, you’ll start to feel much more relaxed and willing to smile around others.

3. Promotions at Work
Experts have also found that having a whiter smile may have benefits on the job. People who have more attractive smiles tend to do better at work and are more likely to get important promotions. If you’re up for a promotion at work soon or just want to improve your confidence on the job, consider a tooth whitening session with Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Eagle. 

4. Higher Self-Esteem
The best benefit of having a whiter smile is that it does wonders for your self-esteem. You’ll start to see the change in the mirror soon after your appointment with Dr. Eagle. The more you see your new, beautiful smile, the better you’ll feel about the face you’re presenting to the world each day.

Are You Ready for Whiter Teeth?
In-office whitening solutions are available that can brighten your teeth by eight shades or more. If you feel it’s time for whiter teeth, contact the office of Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Jonathan Eagle today by calling (616) 361-9330. You can also request an appointment online at http://www.eagledds.com .

By Jonathan Eagle, D.D.S.
December 19, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Untagged

It’s understandable that your current schedule may make it difficult to see the dentist, but neglecting your regular appointments can lead to a number of complications over time. Grand Rapids family dentist Dr. Jonathan Eagle treats a variety of dental problems that could have been avoided if the patient had made the important decision to come in for a visit as early as possible. Here are three clear signs that it’s time to make an appointment to see your family dentist for a checkup.dentist

Oral Pain 
The most glaring sign that it’s time to see your family dentist is when you have any type of oral pain. That pain may be in the inner nerves of your teeth, the gums or even from the surface of your tongue. Oral pain is an indication that something is wrong, whether there’s a hole in the tooth (cracked or cavity), infection or an inflammation of the gum tissue. If you have of oral pain that makes it difficult carry on with a normal day, see Grand Rapids family dentist Dr. Eagle as soon as possible.

Gums Are Bleeding
Do your gums bleed when you brush? If so, and this happens often, that isn’t normal—bleeding gums may be an early indication of gum disease like periodontitis or gingivitis. These conditions have to be resolved immediately with deep cleanings, scaling and root planing and possibly dental surgery to remove the bacteria and prevent tooth loss. Grand Rapids family dentist Dr. Jonathan Eagle can diagnose and treat bleeding gums.

Missing Teeth Are Making it Difficult to Chew or Talk
Some people are able to live with one or more missing teeth without a problem, but others have a hard time managing without them. Your teeth are an important part of your digestive health—if you can’t properly chew and process your food you could put a strain on your digestive system. Missing teeth can also make it difficult to talk, smile and pronounce words properly in company. So if these are concerns that you have, contact your family dentist to talk about options for temporary or permanent tooth replacements.

See Your Trusted Family Dentist Today
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, don’t hesitate to get help or at the very least a consultation. Contact Grand Rapids family dentist Dr. Jonathan Eagle at (616) 361-9330 to talk to a friendly staff member, or visit his website at http://www.eagledds.com to request a visit from your cellphone or browser.

By Jonathan Eagle, D.D.S.
September 29, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Food  
tooth friendly foodParties are full of fun, good times, and great food and drinks. Choosing food that is easy on your teeth can be done simpler than you think. We find an excuse for a party many times throughout the year, and choosing foods and drinks that are hard on your teeth can take a toll on them. Dr. Jonathan Eagle wants Grand Rapids patients to know what foods and drinks to steer clear of at your next party.
 
 
Listed below are foods that you should consider skipping:
 
  • Hard Candy: Hard candy puts constant exposure to sugar on your teeth. They also can cause broken or chipped teeth.
  • Ice: Ice is most likely going to be a part of your next party to keep food or drinks cool. Although ice is just water and is essentially good for you, chewing on ice can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and can also damage tooth enamel.
  • Citrus: Citrus can be found in many party drinks and some foods. Acidic foods like citrus can erode the enamel on teeth can make them more susceptible to decay over time.
  • Sticky Foods: Sticky foods can damage your teeth. They tend to stay on the teeth longer than foods that are not sticky.
  • Crunchy Foods: Chips are a common side for barbeques and go great with many party dips. Chips are actually filled with starch and can get stuck in your teeth. Be sure to floss to remove all the starch particles, if not, plaque will build-up.
  • Soda: Soda is one of the most common carbonated soft drink. Soda includes lots of sugar that produce acids that attack tooth enamel. It can also dry out your mouth from the caffeine. If you choose a soda, try to drink a cup of water with it.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol can cause your saliva to reduce over time. This can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections like gum disease.
 
Some good food choices to consider for a party platter include cheeses, chicken, meats, and nuts. These foods are known to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth. Firm/crunchy fruits and vegetables are also a good choice. These foods have high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugar they contain. Water, milk and unsweetened tea are the best beverage choices for your teeth.
 
As we go about the year and attend or host parties, don’t neglect your teeth. Visiting the dentist for regular checkups and appointments is important as well. Call 616-361-9330 or visit http://www.eagledds.com/appointment.html to schedule an appointment at Dr. Eagle’s office in Grand Rapids.
 
Veneers Grand Rapids DentistDental veneers have become a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment.  Today, many will choose to get veneers because it is an easy procedure in which you can cover-up your dental imperfections. Whatever your reason for wanting or needing restoration, Dr. Jonathan Eagle is available as your go-to dentist in Grand Rapids for veneers.  Find out if dental veneers might be the right choice for your smile enhancement by scheduling an appointment with us today. 
 

The Treatment: Getting Your Veneers in Grand Rapids

 
During the placement of your veneers, Dr. Jonathan Eagle will prepare your teeth for the veneer.  A small part of your natural tooth structure may be removed in order for the veneer to accommodate your tooth. It is a simple procedure in which the veneer will simply cover the teeth you are discomforted by.
 
As soon as your teeth are prepared an impression of your teeth will be taken using a special alginate that is then sent off to a dental laboratory to fabricate your veneers.  Once your new veneers are created, Dr. Eagle, Grand Rapids dentist, will place and adjust them to give the perfect look before they are permanently placed onto the surface of your teeth. 
 
Veneers can cover a wide range of dental blemishes to help you achieve the flawless smile you have always dreamed of.  Listed are a few reasons you may consider dental veneers:
 
  • Natural wear and tear – As you grow older, your teeth will naturally wear down just like your shoes as you wear them. 
  • Crooked Teeth – Your teeth can naturally be crooked or can become crooked over time with age.  Crooked teeth can be treated using braces or Invisalign, but with veneers you can get an instant straighter smile. 
  • Accidental damage – A common problem is that you can chip or damage your teeth due to trauma involved in sports. 
  • Damaged teeth – Your teeth can naturally fade and look discolored or stained with age or as a result of certain medications. 
In only a few easy visits, you can have a permanently beautiful smile without shots, drilling, or pain.  A consultation with Dr. Jonathan Eagle, your dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, can help in deciding if the treatment of veneers is a good alternative for your smile.  Take the next step to a healthier looking smile with a trip to our Grand Rapids, MI dentist, Dr. Eagle.




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