There are many ways to whiten your teeth, including toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, and trays. However, to get the best and fastest results, make an appointment to see your dentist. The whitening products used by dentists and other dental professionals are the safest and most sure way to see immediate results. Some procedures are done in office and some are at home; make an appointment today to see which type of teeth whitening is best for you!
Tray-based tooth whiteners are custom made trays, similar to a mouth-guard, that are made at your dentist’s office. The trays are filled with a whitening solution, which generally contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The trays are usually worn for a couple of hours a day to every night for up to four weeks. Treatment length depends on the degree of discoloration of the teeth and the desired level of whitening. The whitening procedure can be done at home and requires no additional appointments or procedures.
In-office whitening offers the fastest way to whiten teeth. In-office whitening requires at least one visit to the dentists’ office to have the procedure performed; multiple visits may be required to reach the desired results. Each visit usually lasts 30-60 minutes. During the procedure, the whitening agent is applied directly to the teeth. Usually, the whitening agent is used in combination with a special light or laser which speeds up the whitening process. Dramatic results are often seen right away!
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted while asleep. People with undiagnosed sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while asleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This is a dangerous sleep disorder because it means that the body and the brain may not get enough oxygen.
Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart failure and stroke. The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea may lead to problems at school or work as well as danger when driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea can also cause complications with medications or surgery.
Treatments for sleep apnea vary depending on the severity of each patient’s case and the type of apnea involved. Basic treatments may simply be behavioral and include losing weight, stopping smoking, or sleeping on the side rather than the back. If basic treatments fail to work, however, oral devices can be used to position the mouth in such a way that it prevents throat blockage. In severe cases, surgery is often the best option.
When you need dental treatment that will rebuild or restore all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw areas, you will be undergoing full mouth reconstruction. Also known as full mouth restoration or rehabilitation, the procedures and services performed in full mouth reconstruction can span several months and even years. These procedures often involve several dental specialists including periodontists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, and general or cosmetic doctors because each specialist can address your very specific and unique needs.
There are a number of reasons why you might need to undergo full mouth reconstruction, including:
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