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Teeth whitening is a safe, easy treatment that is gaining traction and popularity at an amazing speed. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, 90% of patients are requesting to have their teeth whitened. At Red Cliffs Dental, in St. George, Utah, we are beyond pleased to hear that teeth whitening treatments are in such high demand, because we have state-of-the-art technology and methodology to make sure you get the best possible results. We want you to feel confident and love your smile, and we believe our teeth whitening treatments are the best ones to do the job.

There are several other types of teeth whitening treatments, such as toothpastes, mouthwash, and whitening strips. They even have at home kits with a mouthguard and whitening gel. But professional teeth whitening treatments can whiten your teeth 3-8 shades, while at home kits typically only lift 1-2 shades. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends dentist supervision even for over-the-counter treatments to ensure the utmost level of safety.

Many teeth whitening treatments are approved by the ADA, but sometimes there can be risks involved with teeth whitening that only your dentist can predict. Many home whitening kits can burn or bleach your gums and other soft parts of the mouth if applied incorrectly.

There are a few circumstances in which a dentist may discourage teeth whitening treatment, whether that be professional or otherwise. If your teeth are already sensitive, teeth whitening may not be the best choice for you. It can also be dangerous if you have gum disease. Whitening can also wear down the teeth’s enamel, so if your teeth already have worn enamel, your dentist may refuse to provide you with teeth whitening treatments.

These risks should not discourage you from seeking out your options. Consulting your dentist is the best way to find out information about teeth whitening treatments that are the best fit for you specifically. If you live in the St. George area, come on in to Red Cliffs Dental. We guarantee that we will explore all the possible options for you and give you our honest advice about how to achieve the best results. We will do whatever we can to make sure you are happy with your smile. If you have questions about the services Red Cliffs Dental can provide, you can visit our website, or you can give us a call at (435)261-3400 to schedule a consultation appointment.

Laser Dentistry 101

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Laser dentistry may seem like an obscure technology of the future, but it was actually invented in 1964 and introduced into dentists’ offices in the 1990’s. Since then, it has become more and more refined and the benefits have become more and more abundant.

However, only 6% of dentists have incorporated laser dentistry into their offices. Lucky for you, Red Cliffs Dental, right here in St. George, Utah, offers a wide range of laser dental procedures!

It’s common to feel skeptical or even a little afraid of new things, so here is everything you need to know about laser dentistry:

How do lasers work?

To start, a laser is a very small, very powerful beam of light energy. The laser causes a reaction that makes it possible to remove and shape tissue. A trained and skilled dentist, like Dr. Olsen at Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, can use that light energy to perform several different kinds of procedures.

What procedures can be performed using lasers?

Well, there are different types of lasers dentists can use depending on the type of procedure. This makes it so there can be a wider range of FDA approved laser dental procedures. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Root canal preparation by reshaping of the gums
  • Filling preparation by removal of tooth decay
  • Gummy smile correction
  • Partially erupted wisdom tooth exposure
  • Cancer screenings
  • Canker sore removal
  • Teeth whitening
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Benign tumor removal
  • Hypersensitivity correction

What are the benefits and advantages of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry is more precise and with none of the pain of traditional procedures. There is often no drill and no anesthesia. The use of lasers eliminates need for an incision or stitches, which results in less bleeding or swelling after a procedure. Laser procedures take less time to perform and the healing time afterwards is significantly shorter. Your chance of infection is much lower with the use of lasers because they sterilize as they work, without using bleach and other chemicals. Lasers can provide an earlier detection of cavities and can create a stronger bond between your tooth and a filling than traditional methods. Overall, lasers can offer you maximum safety and comfort during your dental procedures.

Dr. Olsen and his team at Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, are well trained in laser dentistry. If you want to learn more about the services they can provide, click here or call (435) 414-8452 for a consultation appointment.


Choosing a Teeth Whitening System

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If you’re looking for whiter teeth, you’re in luck. There are more options available than ever, such as over-the-counter products, and at the dentist, there is a teeth whitening solution for everyone, from whitening toothpastes and strips, to traditional, in-office whitening treatments. But how do you choose from this wide selection of teeth whitening systems and products?

Teeth Whitening Systems and Products

Whitening Toothpaste: All toothpaste will help remove surface stains due to their mild abrasives, but specifically whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical components that provide additional stain removal. However, whitening toothpastes only remove surface stains and contain no bleach. They can usually lighten the tooth’s color by about one shade.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips and Gels: The clear, peroxide-based whitening gel is applied with a brush directly to the surface of your teeth and instructions vary depending on the bleach’s strength. Gel’s initial results will be seen within a few days and the final results last about four months.

Whitening strips are thin, practically invisible strips that are coated with peroxide-based whitening gel. These strips are applied twice daily for 30 minutes over a two-week period. The results of strips last the same length as those of gel.

Whitening Rinses: Whitening mouthwashes are a newer product on the market that also reduce plaque and gum disease. A whitening rinse can contain ingredients like hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth and manufacturers say it will take about 12 weeks to see results from a mouthwash. You simply swish a rinse around in your mouth for 60 seconds before brushing your teeth every day. However, since whitening rinses are only in direct contact with the teeth for such a short time, it has less of an effect than other products.

Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners: Tray tooth whitening systems can be purchased over the counter or from a dentist. They involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution containing peroxide bleach and wearing the tray for a few hours a day or through the night. This treatment can last up to four weeks and even longer depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening.

In-Office Whitening: This is the quickest way to whiten teeth. In-office bleaching applies whitening product directly to the teeth and combines products with heat, a special light or a laser. Results can be seen in 30 to 60 minutes, but for dramatic results you need several appointments. With in-office bleaching, dramatic results will be seen after the first treatment, though this is the most expensive teeth whitening method.


Things that Stain Your Teeth

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Why Teeth Stain

As you age, little cracks form in the enamel of your teeth. Certain chemicals in foods wear down enamel and make it easier to stain while others contain strong colors that leave the stain. Chromogens, tannins and acids are the compounds that do the most damage and deposit the most color. Chromogens possess harsh pigments that stick to enamel. Tannins are plant based and make it easier for stains to latch onto teeth. Acids break down enamel and create more places for stains to adhere. When you repeatedly eat a lot of foods that contain any or a combination of these three things without receiving the proper care, you end up with this:

Red Cliffs dental is dedicated to pain free dentistry. Now they explain why and how teeth yellow and what to do to whiten them.

Foods that Will Stain

Most everyone knows that coffee and soda stain teeth and they’re right. Coffee is high in chromogens (in other words it has a very strong color) and acid. Soda is also very acidic and dark cola contains many chromogens. But tea is actually worse than even coffee. This might surprise half the US population who drinks it every day but it is full of acid and tannins.

Red wine is also commonly known to stain teeth. However, white wine will also tint your now-not-so-pearly-whites. Although white wine deposits no color, the acid and tannins inside it will damage enamel enough to make it incredibly easy for stain to linger.

Candies and sweetened drinks are sometimes colored for fun but remember, your teeth are fair game. Rule of thumb: if it changes the color of your tongue, odds are it will change the color of your teeth. And don’t think you are out of the woods with Gatorade or other sports drinks. Even those leave pigments in your enamel.

Also, be careful with fruit. Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries…) are crawling in chromogens. So are grapes and pomegranates as they also have tannins. Even tomatoes contain a large amount of chromogens.

What to Do About It

Obviously you can’t be expected to not eat anything that contains chromogens, tannins and acids. So, how do you combat their effects?

When you consume something that you know will stain your teeth, try to brush immediately after. If brushing is too inconvenient or simply not possible, rinse with water. Use a straw so that the liquid doesn’t come in contact with your most visible teeth. Check out this list of foods that whiten you teeth. And come see Dr. Olsen. Our whitening procedures are pain free and very effective. Contact us now for more information.

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