Posts for: November, 2016

By Brookside Dental Care
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Brookside Dental Care
November 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

With all of the options and decisions that go into straightening your smile, choosing the best orthodontic treatment option for you can be invisaligna daunting task. However, your Stockton, CA, dentists can help you find the answers to your questions and get you started on a journey to a beautiful smile. Learn about Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, with Brookside Dental Care.

Is Invisalign right for me? 
Most patients over the age of 12 who wish to improve their bite and straighten their smile may benefit from Invisalign. As an Invisalign patient, you must have a strong commitment to wearing your trays for at least 22 hours a day. Failing to wear your trays for the proper amount of time results in longer treatment times or other complications. Additionally, Invisalign patients should have or be willing to adopt a strong at-home oral care routine involving both brushing and flossing to keep their teeth healthy and clean throughout treatment.

What does Invisalign treat? 
Invisalign treats the same problems as traditional braces, including:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite
  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • under crowded teeth

If you have misaligned teeth or if your jaw does not line up properly, Invisalign can help you get a smile and bite that is both functional and beautiful. Consult your orthodontist at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, to determine if Invisalign is your best orthodontic treatment option.

Invisalign Orthodontic Care in Stockton, CA 
Invisalign’s process begins with your dentist taking a state-of-the-art, 3D model of your mouth. This model gives Invisalign’s laboratory a basis to begin the design of your trays. It also allows for a completely natural fit since the lab customizes each tray for you. Before receiving your ready-to-wear aligner trays, the laboratory sends your dentist a video showing the route on which your teeth will move throughout the treatment process. After approval, you will receive your aligner trays. You will wear each tray for about two weeks. After two weeks, you will wear the next tray in the series, switching them out until the end of treatment.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar or Dr. Emil Tanase at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA. Call (209) 952-8804 to schedule your consultation with your dentist today!