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By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
June 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

We all want a smile that we are proud to show off, but if in spite of impeccable hygiene, if you still do not have the bright white smile you know you deserve, then professional teeth whitening may be what you're looking for. Over-the-counter products cannot deliver the same quality of results, so to learn more contact Dr. Keith Wester and Dr. Jennifer Sarantos of Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI.

Why Professional Whitening?

Over-the-counter whitening products can be effective under the right circumstances. But their application can take weeks, sometimes months, and the results can't match what your doctor can accomplish in the office. The procedure takes only about an hour and most can expect a smile many shades whiter. While some products employ the same bleaching agents as your dentist, they use them in a lower concentration because only your doctor can offer a professional and safe setting to do so.

What Causes Stains?

Your bright smile can last you for years but having your teeth professionally whitened does not make them immune to stains. You should avoid colorful foods immediately after the procedure, and then try to not overindulge in them. Good dental hygiene can help maintain your goal, but over time, along with certain foods, coffee, and tea, and tobacco, can alter the appearance of your smile.

The Limitations of Whitening

A healthy smile is usually a good first step toward a brighter, lighter smile, if not a requirement before your dentist can recommend teeth whitening. For some, especially those who have not been to the office in some time, teeth cleaning sessions alone can do wonders. It's important also to remember that whitening treatments are not effective on crowns or veneers, or by stains brought on by either trauma or medication.

Teeth Whitening in Portage, MI

So if you are ready to renew your smile schedule a consultation with Dr. Wester and Dr. Sarantos today. Make an appointment with Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI, by dialing (269) 327-1119.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
October 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
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 Wester Dental Care, P.C.
May 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A white smile can mean a couple of things, healthy teeth, good oral hygiene, as well as an aesthetic smile. It may sound redundant, but the best way to maintain white teeth is by avoiding stains on them, however, sometimes that may not be enough. There are teeth whitening options for pervasive and persistent stains. At Wester Dental Care, P.C. in Portage, MI, Dr. Keith Wester, Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and their courteous and attentive staff strive to help all of their patients understand how to maintain white teeth as well as teeth whitening options that may be available for them.

Teeth Maintenance

The best way to maintain white and healthy teeth is to have a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily for the right amount of time and using the correct technique to remove plaque buildup regularly. Flossing to ensure food and plaque does not build up in the hard to reach places. It is also important to use the correct products like antiseptic mouthwash and teeth whitening toothpaste.

Stain Avoidance

Stains on teeth can be on the surface which is usually able to be removed by over the counter whitening products. Or they can be deeper within the microscopic cracks of the tooth. These deeper stains can be persistent and not easily removed. The best way to combat these stains is to avoid them in the first place by limiting things like tobacco use, acidic beverages, strongly colored liquids, or foods with strong natural colorants.

Learn More About Teeth Whitening From The Experts

At Wester Dental Care, P.C. in Portage, MI, we work hard to help our patients achieve the oral care that they need. For teeth whitening, it is important that our patients understand how to avoid stains on their teeth as well as the available teeth whitening procedures that can benefit them. If you are looking to get a whiter smile and want to learn more about maintaining it, call our office in Portage at (269) 327-1119 to set up an appointment today.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
March 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Should you turn to a dental professional to get a whiter smile?

Want to get a whiter smile? Our Portage, MI, dentists Dr. Keith Wester and Dr. Jennifer Sarantos can help you get a more radiant smile with teeth whitening. If you’ve not had much success whitening on your own you may be wondering if it’s time to consider professional whitening. Here are the top benefits of turning to a qualified dentist for this popular cosmetic dentistry procedure,

A Fully Customized Cosmetic Treatment

Some people are dealing with some serious stains from when they used to smoke. Others have sensitive teeth. Everyone’s smile has different quirks and issues and it’s our job as your Portage, MI, cosmetic dentists to be able to tailor your whitening treatment to your smile and goals. How long the whitening gel remains on your teeth, the strength of the whitening gel and how many bleaching gel applications we perform during your session will all be factors that we will determine during your consultation to make sure you get the results you want.

Visible Results, Fast!

Are you sick and tired of noticing dingy, dull teeth in every photo you take? If so, you may be looking for the fastest way to a whiter smile. We have the answer: it’s in-office teeth whitening. Our whitening system is the easiest and most effective way to get teeth several shades whiter in less than one hour.

You will walk out of the office with a drastically whiter smile and many of our patients get the results they want in a single session. If you have a big event coming up and you want to spruce up your appearance, professional in-office teeth whitening might just be the easiest and fastest way to do it.

Safe, Trustworthy Treatment

When you have a dentist you trust it seems like a no-brainer that you will turn to them with any questions or concerns you may have, from how to remove those yellowing stains to how to address nightly teeth grinding. Having a dentist you can turn to is paramount to feeling comfortable with any and all dental treatments you receive, and the same rings true for cosmetic dentistry.

When you come into our practice for whitening treatment you know you are in safe, capable and well-trained hands. Furthermore, you know the results you’re going to get and the customized care you’ll receive.
 

If you have a special occasion or important event coming up and you want to wow them with a vibrant smile, then professional teeth whitening can give you the results you’re looking for, quickly. Call Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI, at (269) 327-1119 to schedule a whitening consultation with one of our dentists.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
September 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you wish your smile was whiter? Teeth whitening, offered by your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. Jennifer Sarantos and Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care, can help you brighten your smile.

Why do teeth become dull?

Aging, smoking and stains can make your teeth look dull and yellow. In fact, stains are a common culprit if your smile isn't as bright as it once was. Every time you eat a handful of blueberries, drink a cup of coffee, or consume other dark foods and beverages, tiny dark pigments are deposited in microscopic openings in your tooth enamel.

The tiny pores are smaller than toothbrush bristles, which makes it impossible to remove the pigments simply by brushing your teeth. The longer you eat and drink darkly pigmented foods and beverages, the more stained your smile becomes.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Your Portage dentist whitens your teeth with a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. The safe, natural chemical breaks apart the pigments in your enamel, leaving your teeth much whiter. It's not unusual to see a three- to eight-shade difference in your smile after whitening. Professional results are much quicker than do-it-yourself whitening. Thanks to the professional-strength hydrogen peroxide solution your dentist uses to whiten your teeth, your whitening session will only take about an hour.

Before whitening begins, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Those substances not only increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease but will also affect your whitening results if they're not removed. Hydrogen peroxide doesn't penetrate plaque and tartar. If you don't have a cleaning before you whiten, your teeth may look spotted.

How can I prolong my whitening results?

Whitening results can last for two or three years or even longer. You can keep your teeth white as long as possible by eliminating or limiting stain-causing foods and beverages from your diet. If you can't give up your morning cup of coffee or tea, drinking the beverages through a straw can help reduce stains in your tooth enamel.

Upgrade your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. Jennifer Sarantos and Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care, at (269) 327-1119 to schedule an appointment.