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What Is the Difference Between In-Office Whitening and Take Home Whitening?

What Is the Difference Between In-Office Whitening and Take Home Whitening?

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 9:27 pm.

Have you ever longed for a white and beautiful smile? If so, you are not alone. There is a reason there is an entire industry dedicated to whitening your teeth. You will find a multitude of over the counter teeth whitening options available in addition to the professional whitening treatments that our cosmetic dentist at May Conte DDS can offer – so what is the difference between the two?

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening offers a cosmetic solution to treat stained or discolored teeth. It is a minimally invasive and relatively inexpensive procedure, making it one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available today. Teeth whitening systems do not offer a permanent solution for discoloration. However, results are virtually immediate and may last for months with appropriate care.

In-Office Whitening

A dental professional trained to deliver safe and reliable bleaching results performs your in-office teeth whitening. The results are superior to products used at home because dental offices use higher concentration bleach gels.

Before treatment, your dentist will first prep your teeth by clearing away plaque and debris and will perform a thorough dental exam to ensure optimal tooth and gum health. A cheek retractor will be used to expose your teeth, and a liquid rubber dam or hardening resin applied to your gums protects them. A hydrogen peroxide whitening gel applied to your teeth remains for 15 to 30 minutes, followed by cleaning the gel then reapplication for one or more additional periods of 15 to 30 minutes. Some whitening treatments like Zoom require a high-intensity light to activate and enhance the bleaching process. You will see immediate results to your professional teeth whitening procedure, but the full effects will be apparent in a couple of days.

Take Home Whitening

At-home tooth whitening is an alternative to professional whitening. It typically costs less than in-office solutions and offers the convenience of doing it yourself rather than scheduling an appointment with a dentist. However, at-home teeth whitening products have lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, which means the results will not be the same as in-office whitening.

There are many products such as brush-on whiteners, whitening strips, trays, or whitening toothpaste that you can purchase over the counter. These products deliver minor, short-lived results compared to professional, in-office whitening. You can obtain higher concentration products from your dentist, with better results.

Contact Us Today

Schedule your appointment with Dr. May Conte at 25385 Wayne Mills Place Sant Clarita, CA 91355, to learn more about our cosmetic solutions, including teeth whitening. We are committed to offering you cutting-edge technology and personalized quality care. Your healthier, whiter smile is only a phone call away.



What Is a Sealant, and How Does It Help Fight Decay?

What Is a Sealant, and How Does It Help Fight Decay?

Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 11:54 pm.

In an ideal world, no one would ever worry about tooth decay. Everyone would flash a white, pearly smile, but that just is not the case. The good news is that there are treatments available to restore, or even prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants work well to prevent cavities. They are usually used for children and young adults but have been shown to be beneficial to adults as well.

What Is a Dental Sealant?

A dental sealant acts as a barrier to prevent cavities. It is made of plastic material, primarily designed to protect the premolars, or bicuspids, and molars, which are the teeth that tend to suffer from tooth decay the most. When applied to the chewing surface of these teeth, it stops plaque and acid from eroding and eating away at the tooth enamel, which is how cavities begin to form.

However well you brush, your toothbrush can’t reach into all the grooves or depressions on your tooth’s chewing surface, so plaque and food particles begin to collect, resulting in dental caries. Dental sealants protect your teeth in these vulnerable spots.

What Should You Expect?

Applying a sealant is a straightforward, painless process. First, we will give your tooth a thorough cleaning; then we will place an acidic gel briefly to roughen the surface to help the sealant adhere well to your tooth. The Dentist, Dental Hygienist or Registered Dental Assistant will rinse off the gel and dry off the tooth, and will finally apply the sealant and use a curing light to make sure it hardens. Dental sealants can last up to 10 years, after which they will need replacement.

Preventative Care

Along with dental sealant, practicing good oral hygiene is another way to fight tooth decay. Some of the easiest and smartest ways to maintain your oral health are brushing and flossing multiple times a day. You should also ensure you eat a healthy diet, and avoid eating junk food and drinking sugary or carbonated drinks. Most importantly, make sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanups to maintain your optimal dental health.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Drop by and see us at May Conte D.D.S Cosmetic, Implant & Family Dentistry to learn more about dental sealants and how to keep your teeth healthy. We are here keep your teeth healthy and your smile glowing. Visit us at www.maycontedds.com or call us at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia.

What is the Difference Between Traditional Crowns and Cerec Crowns?

What is the Difference Between Traditional Crowns and Cerec Crowns?

Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 7:36 pm.

There are many different situations which require a dental crown. There are also several types of restorative crowns your dentist may recommend based on your needs. Cerec crowns allow for the use of advanced technology to deliver high-quality dental restorations in one day. Traditional crowns can take weeks or months to complete. Are you willing to wait day after day to get the restorative dental work you need?

What Is a Crown?

A crown is a protective cap used for tooth restoration. You may need one to cover your tooth after a root canal, or if it is cracked or broken. Dental crowns are used to protect weak teeth that are prone to cracking or breaking. They are also used to cover dental implants and anchor teeth that support a bridge.

What Are the Types of traditional crowns?

The strongest and longest-lasting traditional crowns are made of metals, including gold alloy, palladium, nickel, or chromium. Porcelain fused to metal crowns allow for matching to your natural tooth color. However, they can cause stress and wear on surrounding teeth. You may be able to see the metal where the dental crown meets the gum.

All ceramic or all porcelain crowns can readily match your existing teeth. They can cause wear and tear to surrounding teeth. However, they are ideal for your front teeth because they look almost like your natural teeth. Resin crowns are less expensive than ceramic, porcelain, or metal crowns, but the material is prone to fracturing.

What Is a Cerec Crown?

Cerec crowns utilize computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer-aided design (CAD) to deliver quality dental restoration all in one visit! Digital impressions are comfortable and eliminate the need for messy dental impressions. Cerec crowns are made of one solid block of resin or ceramic, making them stronger than any other traditional restorative crowns.

Different situations call for different types of dental restorations. Your dentist will determine the crown that works best for you.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Visit Dr. May Conte in the Valencia area to learn all about restorative dentistry and if Cerec is the right solution for you. We are committed to offering you state-of-the-art technology and personalized quality care. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about crowns or any aspect of your oral health

How Foods and Drinks Can Affect My Oral Health

How Foods and Drinks Can Affect My Oral Health

Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 11:56 pm.

Have you ever given thought to how what you eat and drink can affect your oral health? Two of the most prevalent diseases, tooth decay, and periodontal or gum disease, may be preventable by changing your diet. Decay is a result of acids produced by oral bacteria destroying your teeth and other hard tissues of the mouth.


What Food and Drinks Should I Avoid?

Certain foods and drinks will leave you at a higher risk for dental problems. Although acidic foods, such as lemons and limes, may be delicious, frequent exposure can erode your enamel. The erosion will lead to tooth decay and potentially periodontal disease.

When you are snacking, try to avoid soft, sweet, and sticky foods that will cling to your teeth and promote tooth decay. You may end up at a higher risk of dental problems, such as tooth decay in comparison to other snacks.

Avoid drinks that contain sugar, as they allow the sugar molecules to coat your teeth and hide in hard to reach areas. Limit your alcohol consumption as it causes a reduction in the flow of saliva, leading to tooth decay and other oral infections. Did you know that heavy alcohol use increases your risk for mouth cancer?


Preventative Care

To give your body the nutrients it needs to keep your teeth strong, consume a well-balanced diet that is characterized by moderation and variety. Keeping your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day will allow a greater production of saliva, protecting both hard and soft oral tissues.

The plaque, a mass of bacteria, that grows on your teeth thrives on sugar so do your best to avoid sugary foods and drinks. The times that you cannot avoid sugar, simply brush your teeth after your snack or meal. Try to limit the amount of time sugary treats remain in your mouth!

Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly to prevent dental problems! Don’t forget to get your teeth cleaned professionally to leave your mouth, clean, fresh, and less prone to disease.


Your Experts Are a Phone Call Away

At May Conte D.D.S. we believe that preventative care and education are key to optimal oral health! Schedule your appointment with Dr. Conte today to discover more ways to prevent dental problems. Say goodbye to decaying teeth and say hello to a bright and beautiful smile!


A Kissable Mouth

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 9:14 am.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 1 or 101, no one wants to kiss or be kissed by anyone with bad oral hygiene. In fact, you should always keep your mouth healthy and attractive. Here are a few tips:

  1. Brush at least twice a day with toothpaste containing fluoride, floss at least once daily, and rinse with an ADA approved fluoridated mouth rinse.
  2. Reduce the amount of sugary and acidic food and drinks you consume. Examples are candy, sodas, junk foods and sports drinks. Instead, eat a well balanced diet consisting of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and fiber.
  3. To freshen your breath, be sure to select gum or mint products that are sugar free and with xylitol. Studies have proven that xylitol actually reduces your odds of getting cavities (tooth decay).
  4. Drink plenty of water, preferably fluoridated. Keeping your mouth moist and assuring salivary function is important in preventing dry mouth. Dry mouth is one of the key causes of bad breath and increases your chance of tooth decay.
  5. Examine your mouth daily. Although you see your Dentist at least twice a year for exams and cleanings, there are 363 other days in the year. It’s important to note any abnormal changes and follow up with a professional as early as possible.
  6. See your Dentist regularly, at least twice a year for check ups and cleanings. These check ups should include a detailed assessment of your teeth and gums as well as an oral cancer screening.
  7. Complete any dental treatment as early as possible, to avoid the progression of dental disease which can lead to infection or more serious health issues. This will not only eliminate decay but beautify your smile.
  8. Whitening will help brighten your smile. Talk to your dentist about what is best for your situation.
  9. Maintain a balanced stress free environment. Enjoy life, family and work. Find the good in things and know that life is good. Love more, laugh more and smile more.

At any age, we are here to help keep your mouth clean and healthy. Have a Happy Valentine’s.
You can find us at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia 91355 or call us at 661-505-2926. www.maycontedds.com. New patients Welcome! We’d love to have you!