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Brighter Whites: Choosing the Best Way to Whiten Your Teeth

April 6th, 2009

We get so many questions at Southcenter Dental about various teeth whitening procedures that we thought we'd take a couple weeks and explain the differences and answer some common questions.

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.
– Rodney Dangerfield

That's certainly one way to deal with the unpleasant realization that your teeth are yellowing. But there are much better ways to solve the problem – and at Southcenter Dental, we'd hate to doom you to a lifetime of dressing in brown!

If you're concerned about the color of your teeth, you are not alone: Americans spend between one and two billion dollars annually on whitening products and services. Many people find tooth whitening to be a simple, painless way of improving their appearance and self-confidence.

Why Your Smile Loses Vibrancy

Reasons for the dismaying loss of tooth luster are myriad. Coffee, tea, red wine, cola, and certain fruits can discolor your teeth. Smoking, in addition to creating serious health problems, can cause your teeth to stain. Some medications can stain your teeth. Life itself wears away the whiteness of your teeth: as you age, the enamel on your teeth simply wears down, allowing the darker tissue at the center of your teeth to show through.

Your First Step Toward a Brilliant Smile

There are a few ways you can go about creating a brighter, whiter smile. Give us a call at Southcenter Dental to talk about which method is best for you.

Want to Enhance Your Smile? -- Southcenter Dental

March 30th, 2009

Want to enhance your smile? Dr. Baruffi can help.

For patients who desire a dramatic new look or even a subtle change, Dr. Baruffi is able to combine many options as part of a smile enhancement plan. Depending on the desired results, Dr. Baruffi may use just a few or a variety of techniques to enhance your smile. Your smile enhancement may include porcelain veneers, dental implants, white fillings, porcelain crowns, dental bridges, and teeth whitening.

If you have any questions about ways to enhance your smile, please feel free to call us at 206.973.8211. We will gladly answer any question or concern you may have.

All About Cerec from Dr. Baruffi

March 23rd, 2009

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a technology for restoring damaged teeth, and this restoration can be completed in a single visit to Dr. Baruffi's office. It makes your teeth stronger and more beautiful — all while keeping your teeth looking natural. The restoration is metal-free and the high-grade ceramic material is compatible with the natural tissue found in your mouth. This is the finest restorative material available today, all in one appointment.

The CEREC Process

First, Dr. Baruffi will meet with you to discuss the details of the procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Baruffi will apply a thin layer of reflective powder onto your tooth and will use a special camera to take a photo of your tooth. Using Computer Aided Design, the photo serves as an optimal impression. The restoration will then be designed by the computer on this impression. Then CEREC will use a diamond bur and disk to create your restoration piece out of a high tech ceramic. Finally, the ceramic restoration is bonded to your tooth using state-of-the-art adhesive dentistry.

Dr. Baruffi is your local CEREC dentist for single-visit tooth restorations. Call us today at Southcenter Dental to make an appointment.

All About Chewing Gum from Southcenter Dental

March 16th, 2009

We know the rumors going around – that once you swallow a piece of chewing gum it will stake a claim and take up residency in your stomach for at least seven years! We really hate to take all the fun out of the mystery, but the truth is that chewing gum, when swallowed, will enter the stomach and move through the digestive system just like any other piece of food and leave the body long before seven years! So, if you ever have accidentally swallowed a piece of gum, there is no need to worry!

This being said, gum does not have any dietary benefits, so while it’s not harmful to swallow, you still want to avoid swallowing it. If you are a gum-chewer, make sure you chew sugarless gum, because gum with sugar can lead to cavities. Sugarless gum still has the same amount of flavor, but with less cavity causing ingredients. You see, when the bacterium in your mouth breaks down sugar, what’s left behind is acid. This acid eats away at the enamel coating of your teeth, causing holes that we call cavities. Cavities can lead to other long term mouth problems if they are not treated in time, so it is best to try and avoid overexposing your teeth to too many harmful substances!

Happy (sugar-free) gum chewing from Southcenter Dental!

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