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By Avenue Dental Group
November 18, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are you looking for a way to brighten your teeth? If so, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI. Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas Dudley, and Dr. Eyad Bittar with Avenue Dental Group can help you obtain the smile you deserve. Learn more about how teeth whitening works, and remember to reach out to a professional dentist who can help you improve the quality of your smile. 

What Are the Most Common Causes of Stained Teeth?

One of the biggest reasons why people are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI is that their teeth are stained. There are numerous reasons why your teeth might be stained. The most common cause is a dietary issue. For example, if you are someone who consumes coffee, tea, or soda on a regular basis, then your teeth might be stained.

There are other reasons why your teeth might be stained as well. For example, some people have a congenital or genetic issue that increases their chances of developing stained teeth. The good news is that no matter the reason why your teeth might be stained, there are options available. Teeth whitening may be able to help you remove those stains. 

How Does a Teeth Whitening Procedure Work?

There are several steps involved in the teeth whitening process. These include:

  • First, a dentist will take a close look at your teeth to figure out the cause of the stains.
  • After this, a dentist will review the benefits and drawbacks of each option with you.
  • Next, the dentist will carry out a procedure. There are multiple options available, but many of them involve bleach treatments in the office.
    Finally, the dentist will give you a chance to review the results, making sure you are happy with them.

You should park with a professional dentist who has experience with teeth whitening procedures. 

Rely on a Professional Dentist To Help You

There are numerous benefits you will enjoy if you decide to get your teeth whitened. For example, you may experience improved self-confidence and self-esteem. You may have the courage to smile more often. You might even love the results you see the next time you have a big photoshoot. At the same time, there are numerous options available when it comes to teeth whitening. You need to work with a team that has the experience necessary to deliver the results you deserve. 

That is where the team from Avenue Dental Group can help you. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI, then rely on Dr. Stark, Dr. Dudley, and Dr. Bittar to help you. Call (262) 251-6555 today to make an appointment.

HughJackmanIsAllSmilesforHisNewBroadway-InspiredShow

To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.

With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.

The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…

Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.

A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.

And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.

One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.

If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Avenue Dental Group
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
WhatYouShouldKnowAboutaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.

That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.

Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.

Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.

For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.

Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?

By Avenue Dental Group
September 10, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   teeth whitening   Veneers  

Cosmetic Dentistry TeethLet the dental experts of Menomonee Falls, WI, give you the smile you know you deserve.

You’ve decided it’s time to give your smile a spruce, or perhaps you’ve decided it needs a full makeover. No problem! Our Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise offer a wide array of cosmetic services that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Discover what we can do for your smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry,

Dental Bonding

This simple technique involves applying a moldable tooth-colored material (known as composite resin) over certain areas of a tooth or teeth to cover small gaps between teeth while also hiding cracks, chips, stains and other minor flaws.

Even though bonding won’t be able to treat extensive flaws that affect the overall strength or function of your teeth, this simple non-invasive treatment can be a great option for making small changes to a tooth’s overall shape, size or color without having to undergo extensive dentistry.

Tooth Reshaping

Reshaping or contouring involves painlessly shaving down very small amounts of enamel from a tooth to improve the tooth’s appearance. This is a great option if you have a tooth that is slightly crooked, chipped, oddly shaped or excessively pointy. If a tooth also causes minor bite issues, tooth reshaping may help correct the bite. In many cases, tooth reshaping is also paired with dental bonding and it’s also completely non-invasive.

Teeth Whitening

As we get older our smiles begin to fade and look dull. You can thank not just the natural effects of aging but also the foods and drinks we eat. This includes everything from red wine and coffee to tomato sauce. Yellow stains respond best to in-office teeth whitening and our professional system can get smiles several shades whiter in just a single one-hour session. This is the perfect cosmetic treatment to consider before a special occasion, job interview or your wedding day.

Porcelain Veneers

If you are dealing with more widespread or moderate-to-severe cosmetic flaws then bonding or tooth contouring may not be enough to get the results you want; however, this could be a job for dental veneers. These thin porcelain layers are applied to the front of a tooth to hide a wide range of imperfections, from poorly shaped teeth and discolorations to gaps between teeth and cracks. It’s a great way to get a more uniformed, attractive and straighter smile.

Are you interested in sitting down with our dental team here in Menomonee Falls, WI, to find out the best cosmetic dentistry option to fit your needs? If so, call our office today to schedule your consultation. We want you to feel confident in your smile.

KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”