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10/20/2015 8:08:00 AM | Steven Strickland

We don’t offer Zoom! In this day in age, Zoom! teeth Whitening is in high demand. Patients are in a hurry to get a picture perfect bright smile and Zoom! promises them just that. A white smile in an hour. The thing a lot of patients don’t consider is the fact that speedy whitening often hurts as the strong dose of hydrogen peroxide burns and damages the soft tissue around teeth. It also dehydrates your enamel which makes teeth much more susceptible to staining so they will likely start showing stains again in a matter of weeks.

At Dr. Steven Strickland DDS, we believe the best teeth whitening system is Opalescence take home teeth whitening. We also offer Opalescence’s version of in-office whitening for the benefit of our patients in a hurry to achieve a whiter smile for an upcoming event, but we always encourage patients to follow up with an at home treatment. We are upfront about the expectations of chairside whitening letting patients know that in order to achieve a long lasting whiter smile, they will have to put in the time of using a longer duration treatment plan.

Opalescence is currently the only teeth-whitening solution on the market approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It also includes Potassium Nitrate in the solution which helps calm the nerves around the tooth for up to 24 hours making the whitening experience a much more comfortable one whether chairside or at home.

Take home Opalescence kits are comprised of custom-made trays designed specifically for you, as well as multiple syringes of the whitening solution. You will sleep with the solution for 10 days for each arch. However, Dr. Strickland advises patients to complete one arch before starting the next arch as saliva breaks down the whitening compound and weakens the effectiveness of the treatment. Whitening one arch at a time, decreases the amount of saliva produced per session. Depending on how sensitive you are to the hydrogen peroxide used, the potency can be increased or decreased. The best thing about Opalescence is that it offers long-lasting and effective whitening for your teeth.

To discuss teeth whitening in Woodbridge, VA, call or make an appointment online with Steven D. Strickland, DDStoday.




10/8/2015 1:46:00 PM | Steven Strickland

The purpose of toothpaste is to remove stain, and to prevent dental disease including tooth decay, sensitivity, periodontal disease and bad breath. Pastes contain inactive and active ingredients.

Inactive ingredients:

These include abrasives to remove plaque.  Some examples are slicates (sand), aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).  Humectants are added to prevent dehydration and include sorbitol, xylitol, and glycerol.  Buffering agents are added to maintain proper PH.  Dyes are added to make it appear more colorful.  Flavorings are added such as sodium saccharin and xylitol to make it taste better and sweeter.  Many pastes contain preservatives such as sodium benzonate.  Most contain a foaming agen such as sodium laural sulfate.  Many toothpastes today claim whitening effect, however, it should be understood that this is an extrinsic whitening not whitening done professionally.  Baking soda can be considered to have a whitening by preventing stain.  Calcium phosphate increases luster of the enamel by polishing.

Active ingredients:

These include basically 3 types of fluoride mainly to prevent tooth decay.  Stannous flouride is added often to reduce sensitivity.  Sodim flour and sodium MFP are added to reduce caries.  Potassium nitrate is added to reduce sensitivity often in a 5% concentration.  Xylitol has been shown to reduce tooth decay if in a 10% concentration.

These are the most common chemicals that are found today in a toothpaste. I encourage open communication about your dental needs and will be happy to discuss which toothpaste is best for you.

5/15/2015 5:02:00 PM | Steven Strickland

One of the best restorations to restore missing tooth structure is called an inlay.  An inlay is a filling that fits within the cusps of a tooth.  They can be made of porcelain, ceramic, or gold.  I recommend these restorations for their conservation of tooth structure.  Gold is indicated for posterior teeth due to it's strength and durability, while the porcelain is clearly more esthetic. Both can be bonded to the remaining tooth structure with excellent long term results.

An "onlay" is a restoration that covers one or more of the cusps on a tooth. Again, a conservative option to maintain healthy tooth structure without needless grinding away of sound tooth material. Feel free to ask my staff about insurance benefits concerning these excellent restorations. I am always available to discuss these or any other restorative options with you. Thanks for your time and attention.

For better dental health,
 Dr. Steven Strickland  

4/27/2015 11:43:00 AM | Steven Strickland

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