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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.

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.
grand rapids mi cosmetic dentist dental implantsWe understand that tooth loss can take a toll on your self-esteem and overall well-being.  To help you smile with confidence once again, Dr. Jonathan Eagle offers dental implants in Grand Rapids.  With the availability of dental implants from Dr. Jonathan Eagle, you can enjoy the following benefits:
 
  • Restores a tooth to look, feel and fit like natural teeth.  With dental implants in Grand Rapids, you can enjoy strong and durable restorations that look, feel, fit, and function like your natural teeth. 
  • Long-term solutions.  When teeth are missing, traditional dental bridges only last five to seven years—possibly 10 years with proper care.  However, at some point they may need to be replaced, but with dental implants, you can maintain a smile restoration that lasts a lifetime.
  • Retain your natural face shape and smile.  When teeth are missing, your face can begin to sag and you may appear sunken and sad.  With dental implants you can maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
  • Protect healthy bone. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, including the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone.  When your jawbone is not being used to support a natural tooth, it can deteriorate, which causes it to lose its strength and firmness.  Dental implants are the only dental restoration that helps to preserve and stimulate natural bone.
  • Speak with ease. Adjusting removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words.  With dental implants you don’t have to worry about speech problems because implants function just like your natural teeth.
 
Visit Dr. Jonathan Eagle, your family dentist in Grand Rapids, for more information on dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate for this smile restoration procedure.  Feel free to explore our practice website to learn more about Grand Rapids and dental implants so that Dr. Eagle can help you smile with confidence once again.
 
How did you lose your tooth?  Do you have a replacement tooth?  If so, what procedure did you undergo to restore your smile?  Share your answers below!