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Teeth Whitening: Advice from Boise Dentists

Teeth Whitening: Advice from Boise Dentists

Everyone wants a bright and healthy smile, but it can be difficult to find tips for whitening your teeth both in the clinic and at home. Look at the tips and information below to understand how you can give yourself a bright smile.

Teeth Whitening Products

When you want whiter teeth Summit Dental in Boise offers in-office whitening and custom take-home whitening trays, as well as professional strength Crest White Strips. The custom take-home trays are our most popular teeth whitening product as they are easy to use and generally the most cost effective way to whiten teeth.

If the discoloration of your teeth is severe or unresponsive to whitening procedures, all-porcelain veneers are another popular choice. These will not only whiten teeth, but can also improve the shape and contour of your teeth for a restored smile.

When to Whiten

It generally takes three to four weeks to achieve the desired level of whiteness with the take-home whitening trays. After this initial time, you only need to touch up your teeth by using the whitening trays once or twice a month, sometimes less.

If you are looking to whiten your teeth for a special occasion, you should begin the whitening process about three to four weeks before the event, using the trays three or four times per week. If you plan on using the trays less than that every week, you may need to begin sooner.

Other Tips and Tricks

When beginning the whitening process, you should avoid or keep in moderation the foods and drinks that can stain teeth. This includes wine, coffee, darker teas, chewing tobacco, and smoking. Don’t think you can let go of your morning coffee? Weaker coffee will stain less, especially if it has milk in it. Most importantly, however, is brushing your teeth or at least swishing with water after every meal, and especially after you use the substances mentioned above that can stain your teeth.

Of course, good dental hygiene will keep your teeth looking their best. Regularly brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, and remember to schedule cleaning appointments with the Boise dentists here at Summit Dental every six months. With good dental hygiene and regular dentist appointments, you can help minimize or even prevent stain and tarter build up on your teeth for your brightest smile.

Have more questions on how to whiten your teeth? Leave a comment or stop by our Boise office!

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Boise Dentistry: What Is Cosmetic Dental Work?

Ever wondered what exactly “cosmetic dentistry” means? You may be surprised to find out that it means more than teeth whitening. Not only does cosmetic dentistry improve the appearance of a person’s teeth, it can also correct functional problems with your bite or teeth structure. It covers a wide range of procedures that can eliminate problems with chips, cracks, cavities, and missing teeth. Three common procedures that you can find at Summit Dental in Boise include smile restorations, dental implants, and composite fillings.

Smile restorations. 

Smile makeovers and restorations can include a wide variety of procedures. The dentist will look at your smile and suggest the procedures that will give you the best result. This can include teeth whitening in addition to porcelain veneers and crowns. Teeth whitening can either be done in the office in a single appointment or at home with a customized whitening kit. Porcelain veneers are laid on the surface of teeth to eliminate chips, cracks, or discoloration. Porcelain crowns offer similar results while covering the entire tooth.

Dental implants. 

Implants are used to replace missing teeth. They generally involve the post, which is attached to the jawbone, and the crown, which is attached to the post so that the patient has a new permanent “tooth” in both appearance and functionality. With color matching, the porcelain crowns for implants and smile makeovers can match your own teeth so exactly that they naturally blend into your smile for a unified look.

Composite fillings. 

Colored, no-metal fillings are an excellent replacement for worn-out or decayed metal fillings. Not only do they match the color of your teeth, they will also stay more resistant to staining and discoloration. When you have a cavity or other problem on a visible part of your smile, composite fillings give you the protection you need while maintaining a great smile. Composite fillings are also a great alternative to other fillings due to their strength.
Think you might need a smile makeover, or have questions about composite fillings or implants? We would love to hear from you! Give us a call or stop by our Boise office.
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Nathan Knoeller is our February Cavity Free Superstar Winner!

Nathan Knoeller is our Cavity Free Superstar Winner this Month! Congrats Nathan! This award is not easily earned. Nathan is very responsible in taking care of his teeth, and Nathan had no cavities during his appointments. Keep up the great work. We are proud of you, now go enjoy those movie passes!

The Summit Dental Super Star Cavity Free Program was created to recognize and reward those special patients who demonstrate excellent home care in between dental visits and therefore have no cavities when they come in for their dental check-up.

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join Summit Dental Cavity Free Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!

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December’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner

December’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner

Congratulations to Yale Spoja for being our December Cavity Free Super Star Winner! The Summit Dental Super Star Cavity Free Program was created to recognize those special patients who demonstrate excellent home care in between dental visits and therefore have no cavities when they come in for their dental check-up. Yale is only 10 years old, but she demonstrates responsibility way beyond her years when it comes to taking care of her teeth!

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join Summit Dental Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!

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Congrats Jackson!

Congrats Jackson!

Jackson Long is our Super Star Cavity Free Winner this Month! Congrats Jackson! To achieve this award in the midst of all the candy temptations October throws at you is quite impressive. Keep up the great work. We are proud of you, now go enjoy those movie passes!

The Summit Dental Super Star Cavity Free Program was created to to show recognition to those special patients who demonstrate excellent home care in between dental visits and therefore have no cavities when they come in for their dental check-up.

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join Summit Dental Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!

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The Cavity Free Super Star Winner This Month Maggie Reynolds!

The Cavity Free Super Star Winner This Month Maggie Reynolds!

Maggie Reynolds is our Super Star Cavity Free Winner this Month! Congrats Maggie! The Summit Dental Super Star Cavity Free Program was created to to show recognition to those special patients who demonstrate excellent home care in between dental visits and therefore have no cavities when they come in for their dental check-up.

 

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join Summit Dental Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking
care of their teeth and gums at home!
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Julia Wolfe is the winner for this month’s Cavity Free Super Star Award!

Julia Wolfe is the winner for this month’s Cavity Free Super Star Award!

Julia Wolfe is our Super Star Cavity Free Winner this Month! Congrats Julia! The Summit Dental Super Star Cavity Free Program was created to to show recognition to those special patients who demonstrate excellent home care in between dental visits and therefore have no cavities when they come in for their dental check-up.

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join Summit Dental Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking
care of their teeth and gums at home!
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New Super Star Cavity Free Winner for this Month!

New Super Star Cavity Free Winner for this Month!

Madison Catlin is our Super Star Cavity Free Winner this Month! Congrats Madison! The Summit Dental Super Star Cavity Free Program was created to to show recognition to those special patients who demonstrate excellent home care in between dental visits and therefore have no cavities when they come in for their dental check-up.

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join Summit Dental Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking
care of their teeth and gums at home!
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