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You've finally taken the plunge and had your teeth professionally whitened. They look brighter and whiter than ever, and you couldn't be happier. You're brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and switching out orange juice for your morning coffee. Your teeth love you!

But a few months down the road you forget to brush your teeth one night, and then you sneak a cup of coffee at work. A week later, you notice that the brightness of your teeth is beginning to fade. You ask yourself "What's going on here? It was only one cup of coffee, and I just had my teeth whitened!"

To get a brilliantly white smile that lasts, you will need to take steps to preserve the beautiful results. With take-home whitening kits, you can maintain your smile at home, without the need for multiple trips to the dentist.

Three Easy Steps to a Whiter Smile

At the office of the Novato cosmetic dentist, we often recommend at-home whitening as a follow-up for in-office treatments. Whitening at home can help improve the brightness of your smile and prevent your teeth from losing that beautiful glow. 

Getting the at-home teeth whitening process started is simple: 

  1. We’ll make an appointment for you to have impressions taken that will be used to fabricate custom-made whitening trays. In about a week, you’ll get the trays back and use them to apply the whitening solution to your teeth. 
  2. During your appointment, our dentist or hygienist will give you instructions on how to use the custom whitening kit. We’ll show you how much whitening gel to put in the tray and how it is dispensed. 
  3. After you receive your custom trays, you will apply the whitening gel for about an hour every day for two to three weeks. The results are not as fast as in-office whitening, but they can be just as dramatic - you can expect that the color of your teeth will improve by several shades. 

We think ake home whitening kits are a great option! If you're interested in getting more information, please call the Novato cosmetic dentist to arrange an appointment.

Do you brush and floss routinely, avoid sugary foods and drinks, and see your dentist for scheduled appointments but still get cavities? Do you have friends who don't follow healthy oral habits and don't deal with tooth decay and wonder if there's any fairness left in the world?

Your Novato family dentist understands your frustration! How is it possible to take care of your teeth and still get cavities? It turns out that your genes may be responsible.

It's Not Just about Bacteria

Keeping your mouth free of harmful bacteria is essential if you want a healthy smile, but another significant factor is the resistance of your teeth. A study conducted by two researchers from the University of Zurich shows a definite condition between defects in the gene complex that's responsible for the formation of tooth enamel and the rate of caries (cavities).

What This Means for You

There's a lot more study that needs to be conducted in this area to understand how these findings can change the way we approach oral health care. But whether or not your genetic makeup puts you at higher risk for tooth decay, there are always steps you can take:

Make sure your oral hygiene's up to par – Brushing and flossing for decades does not make you an expert, and if you aren't doing it properly, you may not be getting the benefit of your efforts. Talk to your hygienist to "brush up" on your oral hygiene for the best results.

Keep up with routine dental appointments – Prevention is the key to enjoying good oral health, making semi-annual exams and cleanings with your family dentist crucial. Decide if you'd rather take a couple hours out of your week now or wait until you need costly and complex treatment later!

Pay attention to what you eat and drink – Certain foods, especially those high in sugar and acid, are very damaging and weaken dental enamel which can lead to cavities.

Please Call to Arrange an Appointment

Your family dentist can offer you many helpful tips for keeping your smile healthy, regardless of genetics. If you would like to learn more, please call the Novato family dentist to arrange a convenient appointment.

The loss of a tooth can be a devastating event in your life. Whether it's the result of an accident or neglect, the impact is the same; your confidence suffers because you have lost a part of you that you assumed you'd have for a long time.

Beyond that, though, tooth loss also significantly your ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. You find yourself skipping nutritious foods like fresh veggies for foods that aren't as healthy but easier to chew.

But the Novato dental implants dentist offers several options for replacing missing teeth and regaining functionality. From partial dentures to full dental implants, we can restore your smile and your life.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a prosthetic that is designed to fill the space left by a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is suspended on either side by crowns that we attach to adjacent teeth. A bridge will restore function and conceal the empty space.

Full or Partial Dentures

Partial dentures continue to be a reliable tooth replacement option that works well for many people. We recommend partials in cases where several or all teeth are missing, and they are designed to fit in and around existing teeth.

Full dentures are recommended when most or all teeth are missing. Today we design natural-looking dentures that fit comfortably and restore much of the function lost with missing teeth.

Dental Implants

If you're looking for the replacement that looks, feels, and functions the most like a natural tooth, dental implants may be the perfect option. Implants are rooted in your jaw, so they offer stability and can be used for any of the above replacement methods. We can also use implants as a stand-alone tooth replacement when restored with a dental crown.

Call the Novato Dental Implants Dentist

Our doctors have extensive experience in restoring dental implants with beautiful, functional restorations. If you are concerned about missing teeth, please call our Novato, CA dental office to arrange a consultation.

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