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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Four Options For Whitening Your Teeth

by Alfredo Moore

Certain foods, medication, trauma, or habits such as tobacco use can cause discoloration of teeth. Having your teeth professionally whitened offers a number of benefits. For one, it produces the fastest results and it's safe, even if you have sensitive teeth. The teeth whitening process is also very simple. Whitening products contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which break stains into smaller pieces to brighten teeth. If you're considering having your teeth whitened, here are four options to consider. 

Opalescence Boost

Unlike other tooth whiteners, Opalescence Boost does not use a light activator to work. The composition has an especially sticky quality, which is a bonus in tooth whitening. It comes in a gel and contains a solution of hydrogen peroxide with a mix of potassium nitrate. This option is commonly recommended if you have tooth sensitivity, as potassium nitrate reduces the risk of sensitivity. It also contains fluoride, which helps reduce the risk of cavities. It takes longer than other options; you can expect the procedure to take about two hours.


BrightSmile is a particularly gentle form of tooth whitening, which is excellent if you have tooth sensitivity. Like Opalescence Boost, it contains a mixture of hydrogen peroxide gels. The proprietary formula is pH balanced to maximize effectiveness. The formula also contains glycerin, which helps prevent your teeth from becoming dehydrated. The system uses a blue light system to help break stains up. BrightSmile is administered in 20-minute intervals. You can expect about three intervals, so plan on about an hour in the dental chair.


Zoom uses a unique, powerful lamp to make stains less concentrated, which accelerates the whitening process. The formula consists of hydrogen peroxide gel and is administered in about three 15-minute intervals for less than an hour of total time in the dental chair. You're also given a take home kit to self-administer touch-ups as needed. Your dentist will instruct you on how to use it.

Den-Mat Sapphire 

Another option is Den-Mat Sapphire. It contains hydrogen peroxide and comes with a desensitizing agent to prevent pain and discomfort. The dentist places the gels on your teeth and leaves them on for about 30 minutes. A light is then placed in front of you, pointed at your teeth. After 30 minutes, the treatment is complete. For stubborn stains, you may require an additional 30 minutes, so expect to be in the chair for 30 minutes to an hour. Visit http://www.pikedentistry.com to learn more.