September 26th, 2022
We love seeing our patients smile proudly from the great work our Live & Smile team accomplishes. To keep our patients’ smiles looking nice and bright, we recommend an option that you can do right in your own home!
We want to introduce the Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening trays! This is a great option when you are on the go and want a quick whitening or to gradually get the shade of brightness you are happy with.
Opalescence Go is a pack of 10 trays that are prefilled with whitening gel. No impressions or molds are required to obtain this whitening treatment. Each pack of trays are packaged individually so they are ready to be used right of the box. The UltraFit trays are designed to conform to any smile, so you are able to move the tray around your teeth to maximize the whitening gel.
A few other great things about Opalescence Go :
- teeth whitening gel contains potassium nitrate and fluoride for patient comfort
- Vegan—no animal products used
- Certified gluten free
- Certified kosher
Most patients are able to use Opalescence Go, however we do recommend you speak with your dentist to make sure that this is the right product for you. There is a potential risk of teeth sensitivity or gum sensitivity if the gel is left on for too long or reaches the gums. Please read all instructions before starting the trays.
As always, we are more than happy to answer all of your questions in regards to Opalescence Go, so next time you’re in the office, just let us know. We would be so glad to help you on your smile journey!
September 19th, 2022
We all enjoy that fresh brewed coffee each morning before starting our day, we sometimes can’t function without it! But have you ever thought about what it does to our teeth over time?
Coffee can cause bacteria to grow in your mouth which can lead to tooth and enamel erosion. This can cause your teeth to become thin and brittle. Drinking coffee can also cause bad breath because it sticks to your tongue throughout the day. The best way to avoid bad coffee breath is to eat food before you drink coffee, and use a tongue scraper and toothbrush after you finish drinking.
Avoiding creamer and sugar is the best way to stop the growth of discoloring bacteria. You can also try to drink your coffee in one sitting instead of small sips throughout the day to prevent bacteria buildup. If you cannot give up that cup of joe try to prevent stains by cutting back and drinking less, like using a smaller cup to slowly wean off the size of consumption. Stick to drinking only one cup a day and substitute the afternoon or evening with tea or water.
For iced coffee (or any cold drinks), we recommend drinking it through a straw to reduce the risk of stains. This prevents the drink from touching your teeth as much.
We of course always recommend brushing your teeth twice a day to help keep those teeth shiny and bright, but remember that coffee is acidic so wait at least 30 minutes after drinking to brush. Brushing immediately will weaken your tooth enamel and cause the staining to worsen.
August 24th, 2022
Have you ever had a nice cold drink with the perfect bite size pieces of ice? Those are the best to just chew on with the loud crunch and the best texture. But did you know that it is doing harm to your teeth?
Chewing on ice can cause a lot of damage such as cracking and chipping. It can also damage your enamel, causing increased sensitivity to hot and cold, and more likely for you to have tooth decay and cavities. Chewing ice can create even further problems by damaging existing dental work like fillings, crowns, and veneers. We definitely do not want more damage to those since you most likely spent a lot to fix.
When you chew ice, you start to create a cycle where your teeth quickly cool down and heat up over and over again. This makes your enamel expand and contract, which usually always leads to micro fractures forming in the surface of your teeth.
We recommend that you stop chewing on ice, obviously. However, if you find yourself not being able to break the habit, we suggest switching the ice out for something else. To get that crunchy texture and the cooling sensation together, try veggies and fruits (nice and crisp!) They have a great texture and crunch, but are so healthy for you at the same time! There is also an additional benefit to munching on crisp fruits and vegetables, too. All that chewing of fibrous material will stimulate saliva production, which acts as a natural mouthwash and the particles of fiber will help scrub your teeth. (Of course, you should still brush and floss, and see your dentist regularly for cleanings.)
We may not think about these small things when doing it but trust us, in the long run this will save your teeth.
August 15th, 2022
Last time on the blog we talked about how mouthwash can be a great addition to your daily dental routine. A product that we definitely recommend is the OraCare Health Rinse. You may have tried it at your last appointment before starting your cleaning, given to you in a small cup by our lovely Live & Smile staff.
What is OraCare you may ask? OraCare is an activated oral cleanser. Activated chlorine dioxide, the secret behind their award winning health rinse, is a formula that OraCare created to help care for the whole mouth. When the two solutions are mixed together, the chlorine dioxide is activated. Since true chlorine dioxide is a gas, the two solutions must stay separated until ready to use, which is why each box comes with two bottles. When utilizing the rinse you must place equal parts (4 pumps from each bottle) into the cup. Allow the rinse to activate for 30 seconds, then rinse for 30-60 seconds.
What’s really wonderful about OraCare is that there is no staining, no additional calculus/tartar buildup, and no altered taste. OraCare helps fight off and kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, neutralizes bad breath, reduces bleeding/inflammation, and promotes great tissue health.
OraCare is exclusively sold in dental practices, but you are in luck because Live & Smile Dental has them just for you! The next time you are in the office, come and ask about OraCare and how you can add it to your dental routine at home. Our team would love to help you be more confident with your smile.