Look Younger and Feel Confident with Whiter Teeth!

By: Chie Li Ee DMD and Gina Pratta

A person’s appearance and attitude can change dramatically simply by whitening his or her smile. Our smiles are one of the first features that other people notice about us, so it’s no surprise that our culture places so much importance on a perfectly white smile.  Many studies and polls have proven that a nice smile not only aids in initiating personal relationships, but is important for excelling in the professional world.  A whiter smile is commonly associated with youth, beauty, confidence and being healthy.  Whitening is a safe, easily attainable, quick and a non invasive way to look younger and feel more confident.

The outer layer of teeth is called enamel and the darker layer beneath the enamel is called dentin. As we age, enamel gets thinner and dentin becomes darker, so it’s inevitable for teeth to darken over time. Pores in the enamel can hold stains from certain foods, drinks and tobacco products. Some of these foods and drinks include coffee, tea, red wine, berries and beets and drinking or swishing with water after consuming these foods will help reduce surface stains.   Unfortunately, some of the healthiest foods are ones that stain!

Regular dental visits are not only important to keep teeth healthy for a lifetime, but regular cleanings remove many stains caused by the foods and drinks we love. To achieve the best whitening results, a cleaning and exam should be done and teeth should be restored if decayed or broken before the start of any treatments.  From take-home to in-office treatments, there are so many different whitening options available to meet the desired results of almost anyone.   Your dentist would be able to help decide which option is best for you.

We at Cape May Dental Associates offer different whitening options to meet the specific needs and goals of our patients. Zoom!® is an in-office whitening procedure which only takes about an hour and perfect for anyone looking for immediate results.  The procedure is simple and begins with a short preparation to cover the patient’s lips and gums, leaving only the teeth exposed.  The whitening gel is then applied and is used with a specially designed light, which works with the gel to break up stains and discoloration.  Zoom! ® is safe, fast and convenient for anyone with a busy schedule.

Options to whiten at home are also available at Cape May Dental Associates. Opalescence® PF whitening gel is used with custom fitted trays and offers professional whitening power in the comfort of your own home. Impressions would be taken to create the trays tailored to your smile.  Another at-home whitening option is Opalescence® Go.  Opalescence Go is an affordable, more effective alternative to over-the-counter whiteners. This whitening treatment comes in prefilled disposable trays made of a special material that comfortably adapts to your smile

Looking younger and feeling confident is safe and easy for almost anyone to achieve with the help of whitening. Please call (609) 884-5335 or find us on Facebook for any questions regarding whitening or other dental procedures.

The True Cost Of Dentures

BY: Chie Li Ee, DMD & Chrissy Boothroyd

Are you one of the 120 million Americans are missing 1 or more teeth? There are several ways that you can replace missing teeth. Dentures, bridges and implants are all replacement options with a wide range of costs. Dentures can be an economical replacement for missing teeth in the short term. However, the real cost of dentures can be much greater in the long term. Consider the following:

  • Social Costs – Dentures can move, click while eating and talking and trap food. Imagine being in a social situation and your denture won’t stay in place.
  • Convenience Costs – Dentures can’t be cleaned the same way as natural teeth. They need to be removed to clean, soaked overnight and then rinsed and placed back in your mouth. All this needs to be done carefully, as you don’t want to drop them and risk breaking them.
  • Health Costs – Dentures are not a replacement for teeth. They are a replacement for “no teeth”. Your jaw was meant to have teeth. Without them, the jaw begins to lose bone, changing the shape of your face and weakening your jawbone. When this occurs, dentures will become very uncomfortable (or sometimes impossible) to wear. Eating many foods will become impossible because dentures do not function like your natural teeth when chewing.
  • Dental Costs – If still have some natural teeth and have dentures to replace missing teeth, the denture can cause damage to your existing teeth. Since the anchors to existing teeth, it will cause stress on those teeth every time that you eat. This stress will eventually damage those teeth and lead to additional tooth loss.

So, if you don’t want to pay the true cost of dentures, implants are a great alternative. Over the long term, implants are comparable in financial costs. In terms of the other costs, dental implants are a superior option. Implants are part of your jawbone and can prevent bone loss.  They are brushed and flossed like natural teeth. They have the appearance and feel of natural teeth. The advances in implant dentistry have made it possible for people with missing teeth to confidently speak, enjoy their favorite foods and function as they would with natural teeth; they do not slip or click when talking, laughing or eating.

Could dental implants be right for you? Cape May Dental Associates welcomes new patients and is always happy to answer any questions about your dental health. As an Associate Fellow with the AAID, Dr. Ee can answer any questions or concerns that you have about dental implants. Call us at (609) 884-5335 today for more information!