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Posts for: February, 2018

By Prestige Dental Network
February 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in East Hartford, Meriden, Hartford, and West Hartford want you to knowteeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening can turn your smile from dull to dazzling in one quick treatment. Your smile can go from uninteresting to outstanding in a flash. Your dentists at Prestige Dental Network want to help you achieve the brilliant smile you deserve. They have several convenient office locations in East Hartford, Meriden, Hartford, and West Hartford, CT to serve your dental needs.

You’ve probably journeyed to your local grocery store in search of a teeth whitening product, but that’s the wrong choice, and here’s why:

  • Many over-the-counter products aren’t fully tested and contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents.
  • Over-the-counter products often don’t whiten your teeth as much as you would like them to.
  • Results from over-the-counter products don’t last nearly as long as results from professional teeth whitening treatments.

Professional teeth whitening treatment is the right choice, because:

  • Professional teeth whitening treatments are rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness and approved by the American Dental Association before use.
  • A professional teeth whitening treatment can whiten your smile up to 8 shades and the results can last an astounding 5 years!

At Prestige Dental Network, you can choose from two whitening options:

In-office teeth whitening if you want a bright smile quickly; this process takes only about an hour so it can be performed during a lunch hour, without taking time out of your day.

Take-home whitening if you want to whiten your smile at your own pace; this process comes in a kit with everything you need to whiten your smile conveniently at home, whenever you want.

If you want a bright, white smile that makes a great impact, professional teeth whitening is the right choice for you. Professional teeth whitening is quick, inexpensive, and provides excellent results, so if you want to enhance your smile, consider teeth whitening.

For more information about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, call your dentists at Prestige Dental Network with offices in East Hartford, Meriden, Hartford, and West Hartford, CT. Call today!


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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”