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Invisalign … the CLEAR alternative to braces…

Dr. Openshaw offers No charge – No obligation consultation appointments. Come see if Invisalign is the way to go for you.

Are you looking for a dentist who offers Invisalign in Modesto, CA? Look no further…

Invisalign® braces are clear plastic aligner trays that provide orthodontic patients with straight teeth and an even, healthy smile. These trays are custom-fabricated to apply precise pressure and gradually move teeth into better alignment. This non-invasive approach to correcting tooth and bite alignment problems is an alternative to metal and tooth-colored braces. It is especially beneficial for patients who feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. If you choose to get Invisalign in Modesto, you can correct the following:

• Crooked teeth

• Unevenly spaced teeth

• Overcrowded teeth

• Mild to moderate bite problems

 

Who is a Candidate for Invisalign®?

The Invisalign® system has been used in the US since 1998. At first, only adult patients were treated using these trays. Today, teen patients whose molars have fully emerged are also candidates for this procedure. There is no upper age limit on treatment for patients without major dental health issues. You must be willing and able to wear the trays as instructed for best results. Invisalign® is most commonly used to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and spacing issues. Patients with severe bite problems are usually treated with traditional braces instead because they can be augmented with additional orthodontic appliances like bands or headgear. If you have fixed dental restorations such as bridges or dental implants, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment.

Invisalign® Procedure Overview

If you are considering having Invisalign in Modesto, CA, the treatment process starts with a visual dental exam and a consultation. Photos, x-rays and computer imaging are used to create a precise treatment plan that will deliver the results you want. This digital technology lets you see what your final smile will look like before you even start using Invisalign®. Molds of your upper and lower teeth are sent to the Invisalign® laboratory so your aligner trays can be custom made. All of the trays used during your treatment are created at the same time.

Once your trays arrive, installation is as simple as placing them over your teeth. You must wear these trays at least 22 hours per day. Every two-to-three weeks, you will move on to the next set of trays in your treatment series. This way, you keep constant, gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. You will need a quick checkup visit every six weeks or so to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Invisalign® trays don’t require any special care. You can simply brush them gently and rinse them with warm water whenever you take them out.

Because Invisalign® braces are typically used for less severe bite misalignment, treatment may last six-to-18 months. However, some patients need more time to achieve their desired results. After you are finished with your aligner trays, you will be fitted with a retainer. You must wear this retainer as directed to keep your teeth from drifting back to their old position.

“The Clear Alternative to Braces” They are practically invisible. There has never been a better time to get started on your Invisalign treatment case. We have brought on board an Elite Invisalign Provider to provide you with expertise of Dr. Openshaw and Dr. Cater for your perfect smile.

We offer NO CHARGE first consultations. Call us today to schedule. (209) 524-4763

 

Why Choose Invisalign®?

This tooth alignment system offers three main benefits compared to traditional braces. First, the trays are clear plastic. Unlike other “invisible” braces that still feature metal wires, there is no metal at all in the Invisalign® trays. This makes them even less noticeable than both tooth-colored ceramic braces and lingual braces (the kind attached to the tongue-side surface of the teeth). Once you get used to talking normally with the trays in your mouth, other people may not even be able to tell you are wearing braces.

Second, there are no brackets or ties. This means there are no protruding components that can irritate the tongue, gums and other sensitive oral tissues. You do not need to coat Invisalign® braces with dental wax to stay comfortable.

Third, these trays are removable. You can (and should) remove the trays for each meal and during tooth brushing and flossing. You can eat a normal, healthy diet without restricting foods that might get stuck in or damage metal braces. Since the trays do not interfere with normal hygiene by making flossing more challenging, you may be less likely to experience tooth decay and gingivitis as a side effect of orthodontic treatment.

 

More Information about Invisalign®

While Invisalign braces are very comfortable compared to metal braces, they may cause initial soreness by placing pressure on your teeth. You may experience a recurrence of soreness each time you switch to a new set of trays. Over the counter pain relievers may help with this symptom.

These clear plastic aligner trays generally cost about as much as traditional braces. Some dental insurance plans cover a portion of treatment costs. Other affordable payment options are available for patients without insurance.

 

For more information about Invisalign in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us. (209) 524-4763 or on facebook at www.facebook.com/openshawsmiles

You have questions… we have answers…

Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation. This is a great way for you to meet our team, and of course to meet Dr. Openshaw. See if we are a good fit for you! You can take a tour of the office and check out our dental equipment. We want to make sure that your questions are answered so that you can make the best decisions regarding your dental care. We will research any insurance that you may have helping out with the cost of treatment, and we can go over several other financial options also. We help out in every possible way to get you the care you need and want so that you can be on your way to a healthier smile! Summer is a great time for our patients to take advantage of time off and use that time to take care of themselves. Get the kids in before school starts. Send them to school with the peace of mind knowing that their cavities are filled, the teeth are cleaned and orthodontic treatment is started if necessary. With Invisalign you have less office visits than traditional ortho. Call us for more info on scheduling a consult to see if your teen would be a good candidate for Invisalign TEEN. Stock up on electric toothbrush heads if you need them, or make the first purchase of an electric toothbrush, and a waterpik water flosser to help get those gums back to a healthy state! We can help with all of this and we L♥VE to help! We are always accepting new patients too! So tell a friend! If you have any questions at all please just call us! (209) 524-+4763

CEREC (single visit) crowns…

It amazes us that people still sound surprised when we tell them that we can get them in for their crown and complete it in one single visit.  We have been doing this for years. Our new patients oftentimes find this to be very surprising and they really like it. They don’t have to take multiple days off of work or school. They can come in and have their treatment done and be on their way in the matter of a couple of hours.

CEREC technology is fascinating! Here is how it all works. You come into the office needing a crown. Dr. Openshaw uses CAD/CAM technology to take a digital impression of the tooth needing restoration. He then designs the crown to fit perfectly into your mouth. The crown is then milled on the CEREC machine. You can actually watch your new crown being made. This process takes about 7 minutes. The crown is prepped and then permanently bonded to the existing tooth structure that remains and has been prepped for crown placement. A final x-ray is taken and Voila! you are ready to go! The whole process takes about 2 hours.

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We love to help people attain the smiles they deserve! We value your time and we value you! We strive to make your visit comfortable, and as smooth as possible. Transitioning from your work day to your dental appointment and most times our patietns can return to work immediately after their visit. Call us today for a no charge consultation to see if we are a right fit for you and your family! (209) 524-4763

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CEREC crowns come with a 5 year guarantee*. (Call office for details, limitations and requirements)

The importance of flossing…

Here at Dr. Philip Openshaw’s dental office in Modesto, CA we stress prevention. If you can clean well then you can prevent the buildup, and thus prevent decay, then in most cases, you can avoid cavities, root canals and crowns. You can keep your teeth as long as you live. Flossing… some people never do it, some people do it immediately after eating each meal! To each his own, but truly at a minimum everyone should floss once a day. Why do we floss? What happens when you don’t floss? What’s the best time to floss? How do you floss correctly? These are all GREAT questions. Let’s see if we can shed some light on each one and help make a difference for you today!

 

Why do we floss?

We floss to clean the gums and tooth surface areas between teeth.

What happens when you don’t floss?

When you don’t floss, bacteria can build up and cause decay between the teeth which brushing alone cannot reach. This can quickly lead to cavities and thus more problems.

What’s the best time to floss?

Anytime of day is fine, but most people prefer right before bed to have that deeper clean for that uninterrupted time of sleep to stay clean while they sleep.

How do you floss correctly?

Here is a video showing you

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Video-Library/How-to-Floss.cvsp

If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at (209) 524-4763.

Here is some additional information on dental floss from the American Dental Association website. http://www.ada.org/1318.aspx

What does floss do?

Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces.

Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

Flossing helps remove debris and interproximal dental plaque, the plaque that collects between two teeth. Dental floss (or dental tape) helps clean these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduces the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay.

Cleaning between teeth is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine. Need instruction on how to floss?

What’s in floss?

Floss was once made from silk fibers twisted to form a long strand. Today, floss is usually made from nylon filaments or plastic monofilaments. It may be treated with flavoring agents, such as mint, to make flossing more pleasant.

What’s the difference between waxed and unwaxed floss?

There is no difference in the effectiveness of waxed or unwaxed floss. It’s not what type of floss you use, but how and when you use it. If you have a preferred type of floss, you may be more likely to use it.

What’s the difference between floss and other interdental cleaners?

Floss is a flexible strand. Interdental cleaners are special wooden or plastic picks, sticks or brushes that are used to clean between teeth.

How does floss and other interdental cleaners get the ADA Seal?

A company earns the ADA Seal for its product by producing scientific evidence that the product is safe and effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates the evidence according to objective guidelines.

How does the ADA evaluate floss?

The ADA looks for evidence that:

  • Using the floss with toothbrushing is more effective than brushing alone at reducing plaque and gingivitis.
  • The product components are safe for use in the mouth.
  • Unsupervised use of the product by the average patient will not harm hard or soft oral tissues or restorations.

Why look for floss brands that display the ADA Seal?

The Seal is your assurance that the product has been evaluated by an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal statement in a box on the product label. It tells you why the ADA has given the Seal to this product. You can also be assured that all claims on packaging and container labeling have been reviewed and approved by the ADA. Products with the prestigious ADA Seal must say what they do and do what they say.

When’s the best time to floss?

The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. Some patients prefer to floss in the evening before bedtime so that the mouth is clean while sleeping.

Should I brush or floss first?

Either way is acceptable as long as you do a thorough job. However, if you use dental floss before you brush, the fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching between teeth. Some people brush their teeth and unfortunately skip flossing because they think their mouth feels clean or they may be short on time or tired and flossing is postponed. That’s not a good idea.

Can I rinse and reuse floss?

The ADA does not recommend using a floss strand more than once. Used floss might fray, lose its effectiveness or may deposit bacteria in the mouth. Discard after use.

What is plaque?

So what is plaque anyways? Plaque is a sticky coating of bacteria that grows constantly on teeth and gums. If allowed to build up, it can lead to swollen gums (gingivitis) and weakened tooth surfaces (tooth decay). In addition to the Good Habits for a Healthy Mouth listed below it is highly recommended that you see a dental professional twice a year for preventative visits. This includes two cleanings done by a Registered Dental Hygienist, as well as annual x-rays and an exam by a dentist. We see new patients almost every day and would love to see you too! Send in those you know and love. They will love it here! Call with any questions you may have at (209) 524-4763… we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

No Charge No Obligation Invisalign Consults available for this afternoon

Dr. Paul Cater our Elite Invisalign provider will be in the office today and we have a 2:30pm and also a 3:00pm appointment available for a no charge no obligation consultation appointment. Come see if Invisalign is the way to go for you.

Are you looking for a dentist who offers Invisalign in Modesto, CA? Look no further than Dr. Openshaw!

Invisalign® braces are clear plastic aligner trays that provide orthodontic patients with straight teeth and an even, healthy smile. These trays are custom-fabricated to apply precise pressure and gradually move teeth into better alignment. This non-invasive approach to correcting tooth and bite alignment problems is an alternative to metal and tooth-colored braces. It is especially beneficial for patients who feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. If you choose to get Invisalign in Modesto, you can correct the following:

•    Crooked teeth

•    Unevenly spaced teeth

•    Overcrowded teeth

•    Mild to moderate bite problems

Why Choose Invisalign®?

This tooth alignment system offers three main benefits compared to traditional braces. First, the trays are clear plastic. Unlike other “invisible” braces that still feature metal wires, there is no metal at all in the Invisalign® trays. This makes them even less noticeable than both tooth-colored ceramic braces and lingual braces (the kind attached to the tongue-side surface of the teeth). Once you get used to talking normally with the trays in your mouth, other people may not even be able to tell you are wearing braces.

Second, there are no brackets or ties. This means there are no protruding components that can irritate the tongue, gums and other sensitive oral tissues. You do not need to coat Invisalign® braces with dental wax to stay comfortable.

Third, these trays are removable. You can (and should) remove the trays for each meal and during tooth brushing and flossing. You can eat a normal, healthy diet without restricting foods that might get stuck in or damage metal braces. Since the trays do not interfere with normal hygiene by making flossing more challenging, you may be less likely to experience tooth decay and gingivitis as a side effect of orthodontic treatment.

Who is a Candidate for Invisalign®?

The Invisalign® system has been used in the US since 1998. At first, only adult patients were treated using these trays. Today, teen patients whose molars have fully emerged are also candidates for this procedure. There is no upper age limit on treatment for patients without major dental health issues. You must be willing and able to wear the trays as instructed for best results. Invisalign® is most commonly used to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and spacing issues. Patients with severe bite problems are usually treated with traditional braces instead because they can be augmented with additional orthodontic appliances like bands or headgear. If you have fixed dental restorations such as bridges or dental implants, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment.

Invisalign® Procedure Overview

If you are considering having Invisalign in Modesto, CA, the treatment process starts with a visual dental exam and a consultation. Photos, x-rays and computer imaging are used to create a precise treatment plan that will deliver the results you want. This digital technology lets you see what your final smile will look like before you even start using Invisalign®. Molds of your upper and lower teeth are sent to the Invisalign® laboratory so your aligner trays can be custom made. All of the trays used during your treatment are created at the same time.

Once your trays arrive, installation is as simple as placing them over your teeth. You must wear these trays at least 22 hours per day. Every two-to-three weeks, you will move on to the next set of trays in your treatment series. This way, you keep constant, gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. You will need a quick checkup visit every six weeks or so to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Invisalign® trays don’t require any special care. You can simply brush them gently and rinse them with warm water whenever you take them out.

Because Invisalign® braces are typically used for less severe bite misalignment, treatment may last six-to-18 months. However, some patients need more time to achieve their desired results. After you are finished with your aligner trays, you will be fitted with a retainer. You must wear this retainer as directed to keep your teeth from drifting back to their old position.

More Information about Invisalign®

While Invisalign braces are very comfortable compared to metal braces, they may cause initial soreness by placing pressure on your teeth. You may experience a recurrence of soreness each time you switch to a new set of trays. Over the counter pain relievers may help with this symptom.

These clear plastic aligner trays generally cost about as much as traditional braces. Some dental insurance plans cover a portion of treatment costs. Other affordable payment options are available for patients without insurance.

For more information about Invisalign in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us. (209) 524-4763 or Office@dropenshaw.com

Dr. O truly cares about you…

Here at Dr. Openshaw’s office we truly care. Dr O is genuinely concerned about the oral health and overall well-being of his patients. He wants everyone to have the smile they really want and of course we think that everyone deserves a great smile! We love to see people smiling bigger and having a brighter smile to show off! If you or someone you know needs a smile evaluation we do those for free in our office. We take some time to go over what the patient wants and needs in order to bring optimal health to their mouth and also any aesthetics that we can help with to perfect the smile. We love new patients!

To see more about our office visit our website at www.OpenshawSmiles.com

We do everything dental!

Comprehensive, periodic and limited dental exams, digital x-rays, Laser Gum Surgery, composite (tooth colored) fillings, Single visit CEREC crowns, root canal therapy, Dental implants, screw retained dentures, partials, flippers (for missing tooth), NTI night guards for TMJ Disorders, custom at home whitening kit, 3d pano digital xray, Invisalign. We provide Sedation dentistry to those with anxiety or fear, or for those who have an extensive list of treatment to have done. We offer sleep apnea assessments and provide a dental option of treatment to help with Sleep Apnea.  We carry a variety of retail products such as the electric toothbrush, the waterpik, various samples and professional grade mouthrinses. Our fabulous hygienist Mary does cleanings, periodontal cleanings, root planing and scaling.

We see children too! From their very first “Chair Ride” visit to meet the team to their Kindergarten registration visits, also doing sealants, topical fluoride and anything else that they need.

Don’t hesitate to get the care you deserve! Call us today at (209) 524-4763.

 

Are you pleased with our team?

Good morning friends! Happy Thursday! Today I am asking that if you have ever had a great visit at Dr. Openshaw’s office would you be so kind as to take a few minutes to post a public review. As you probably know we do not advertise and we rely strictly on patient word of mouth. We feel that this is the best because you all know someone who wants the same quality of care as you are getting. When it comes to a dentist most people do not want less than the best care. Patients want a gentle dentist who really cares about their oral health, their smile and most of all comfort in the chair. We do that! You know that if you have been here, right? So I am going to provide several links to our listings on public sites. If you are a member of any of these and you have a minute would you please write a quick review. We would love if you would do this. Thank you!!

 

Google – https://plus.google.com/113560816561582259962/about?gl=US&hl=en-US#113560816561582259962/about?gl=US&hl=en-US

Yelp – http://www.yelp.com/biz/philip-openshaw-d-d-s-modesto

Yahoo – http://local.yahoo.com/info-21662323-philip-openshaw-dds-modesto

 

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The importance of flossing…

Here at Dr. Philip Openshaw’s dental office in Modesto, CA we stress prevention. If you can clean well then you can prevent the buildup, and thus prevent decay, then in most cases, you can avoid cavities, root canals and crowns. You can keep your teeth as long as you live. Flossing… some people never do it, some people do it immediately after eating each meal! To each his own, but truly at a minimum everyone should floss once a day. Why do we floss? What happens when you don’t floss? What’s the best time to floss? How do you floss correctly? These are all GREAT questions. Let’s see if we can shed some light on each one and help make a difference for you today!

Why do we floss?

We floss to clean the gums and tooth surface areas between teeth.

What happens when you don’t floss?

When you don’t floss, bacteria can build up and cause decay between the teeth which brushing alone cannot reach. This can quickly lead to cavities and thus more problems.

What’s the best time to floss?

Anytime of day is fine, but most people prefer right before bed to have that deeper clean for that uninterrupted time of sleep to stay clean while they sleep.

How do you floss correctly?

Here is a video showing you

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Video-Library/How-to-Floss.cvsp

If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at (209) 524-4763.

Here is some additional information on dental floss from the American Dental Association website. http://www.ada.org/1318.aspx

What does floss do?

Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces.

Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

Flossing helps remove debris and interproximal dental plaque, the plaque that collects between two teeth. Dental floss (or dental tape) helps clean these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduces the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay.

Cleaning between teeth is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine. Need instruction on how to floss?

What’s in floss?

Floss was once made from silk fibers twisted to form a long strand. Today, floss is usually made from nylon filaments or plastic monofilaments. It may be treated with flavoring agents, such as mint, to make flossing more pleasant.

What’s the difference between waxed and unwaxed floss?

There is no difference in the effectiveness of waxed or unwaxed floss. It’s not what type of floss you use, but how and when you use it. If you have a preferred type of floss, you may be more likely to use it.

What’s the difference between floss and other interdental cleaners?

Floss is a flexible strand. Interdental cleaners are special wooden or plastic picks, sticks or brushes that are used to clean between teeth.

How does floss and other interdental cleaners get the ADA Seal?

A company earns the ADA Seal for its product by producing scientific evidence that the product is safe and effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates the evidence according to objective guidelines.

How does the ADA evaluate floss?

The ADA looks for evidence that:

  • Using the floss with toothbrushing is more effective than brushing alone at reducing plaque and gingivitis.
  • The product components are safe for use in the mouth.
  • Unsupervised use of the product by the average patient will not harm hard or soft oral tissues or restorations.

Why look for floss brands that display the ADA Seal?

The Seal is your assurance that the product has been evaluated by an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal statement in a box on the product label. It tells you why the ADA has given the Seal to this product. You can also be assured that all claims on packaging and container labeling have been reviewed and approved by the ADA. Products with the prestigious ADA Seal must say what they do and do what they say.

When’s the best time to floss?

The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. Some patients prefer to floss in the evening before bedtime so that the mouth is clean while sleeping.

Should I brush or floss first?

Either way is acceptable as long as you do a thorough job. However, if you use dental floss before you brush, the fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching between teeth. Some people brush their teeth and unfortunately skip flossing because they think their mouth feels clean or they may be short on time or tired and flossing is postponed. That’s not a good idea.

Can I rinse and reuse floss?

The ADA does not recommend using a floss strand more than once. Used floss might fray, lose its effectiveness or may deposit bacteria in the mouth. Discard after use.

Brightening your smile with a custom at home whitening kit

Here at Dr. Philip Openshaw’s office in Modesto, California we offer a custom fit whitening tray with a solution that you take home to whiten. We use Philips ZOOM! Nite White and Day White ACP: These are the only take-home whiteners with amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), a proven enamel re-builder, and sensitivity-reducing potassium nitrate and fluoride. Our patients love this and the results they get with it. Here is a little more information about teeth whitening at home. Call us about our Spring Whitening special at (209) 524-4763.

At-Home Teeth Whitening:

When contemporary peroxide-based teeth whitening gained popularity in the early 1990s, it was limited to custom-made bleaching tray treatments that were available only at dental offices.

These whiteners set off what has become known as the “smile revolution,” and now dozens of whitening options are available for every budget and temperament – whether professionally dispensed, store-bought or sold on the Internet.

The consensus is that dentist-dispensed whitening trays, when used as directed, can be even more successful than in-office bleaching over the long haul.

A key reason is their ongoing use, combined with the fact that small amounts of bleach remain within the tooth structure for up to 36 hours. When a new dose of bleach is applied to a tooth retaining the previous day’s peroxide, its effect is greater.

Advantages of At-Home Teeth Whitening

Long-term results: Dental professionals agree that the only way to maintain your whitened teeth is with at-home bleaching products, repeated regularly – preferably every four to six months. But lately, many dentists are advising people with very dark-stained or tetracycline-affected teeth to continue home bleaching over a period of months (or up to a year) for optimal results. Talk to Dr. Openshaw about the treatment that will work best for you.

Convenience: You can do home whitening at any time of the day or night, for short or extended periods.

Portability: You can also use your custom trays while on the go or at the office. Perfect for people with a 15-30 minute (or longer) commute.

Cost: Over-the-counter whiteners range from $4 to $100, while dentist-dispensed products cost approximately $400. By contrast,in office whitening costs an average of $650 per session.

Must-Knows About At-Home Whitening

Although you can get over-the-counter whiteners without a dentist’s recommendation, if you over-use them or use them incorrectly, they can harm your tooth enamel and irritate your gum tissue. Also, over-bleaching can produce an undesirable bluish hue, chalky whiteness or uneven results (otherwise known as “the technicolor effect”).

Supervision by a dentist can prevent these problems. To ensure the health of your smile, see your dentist before choosing an over-the-counter tooth whitener and beginning the bleaching process. Dentists know a lot about these products and can help you choose the right one and use it correctly.

Also keep in mind:

The stronger the peroxide formula, the more rapid its effect; the weaker the formula, the longer it can remain on the teeth safely. A low-percentage bleach used overnight every night of the week will produce about the same results as a high-percentage “day-bleach” that stays on the teeth one hour per day for seven days.

The best time to begin at-home whitening is right after Mary’s prophylactic cleaning. This procedure removes the surface layer of plaque and grime that can interfere with bleaching. Call to schedule your visit with Mary at Dr. Openshaw’s office at 209-524-4763.

Dr Openshaw recommends brushing and flossing the teeth prior to any kind of at-home or on-the-go whitening.

For best results, don’t consume food or beverages (excluding water) for a couple of hours after whitening.

According to dental professionals, the best bleaching results come from dentist-dispensed take-home kits – particularly those that are used over extended periods. These kits contain higher percentages of bleach than over-the-counter kits and typically consist of:

Custom-fitted application trays made of a flexible plastic material. Custom trays cost about $200 and offer several benefits:

They help ensure that the bleach stays in contact with the teeth, for maximum whitening.

They help prevent saliva from coming into contact with the bleaching agent (which can dilute its strength).

They minimize the amount of bleach that can dribble onto (and potentially irritate) the gums.

Please feel free to call us with any questions you have about our custom at home whitening system. We call it our Brighten for Life for program with our patients. Ask about how you can get FREE WHITENING solution at your hygiene visits! Call us today! (209) 524-4763


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