Teeth whitening: How white can a smile be?

There's no one standard system in the dental field to measure and determine tooth color. Nor is there an exact answer to how white your teeth can become-every person's situation is unique. One commonly used reference tool, however, is a shade guide.

One of the more common shade guides divides tooth color into four basic shade ranges:
Tooth Shades
A (reddish brown)
B (reddish yellow)
C (gray)
D (reddish gray)
A.Red - Brown

Within each range are different levels of darkness — which results in a chart detailed enough for almost everyone to find their exact tooth color on the guide.
To use such a guide, simply match your current tooth color to the corresponding color on the chart. This gives you a starting point as you determine how much whiter you'd like your teeth to be.

How white should your teeth become? That depends.
There's no one right way to whiten your teeth. Some people want an instant and dramatic change, while others prefer more gradual whitening such as the type that res…

A SPECIAL PATIENT RECOMMENDATION & "The Coleman Dental Experience"

We were very grateful recently to receive a kind letter from a patient named Joe G. What's it like to be a patient at Coleman Dental? Hear the answer straight from a patient.

From the moment I got to the Dental office Jennifer made me feel comfortable. When she told me she would handle my insurance, I knew that she just saved me a ton of time trying to get reimbursed. Dr. Coleman and staff did an excellent job on my teeth today.

He has the latest technology. When he told me he would use the laser to do my tooth prep instead of injecting Novocaine and making my face numb, I was ecstatic.
I like most people do not like that shot in the gum  as well as their face getting numb for hours, so the laser was a nice surprise. 
Even when Dr. Coleman has to use the injection technique, his application is second to none, as you rarely even know that a needle has gone in.
I had a lunch meeting today so I already had some anguish going into the appointment. I was hoping for a very conservativ…


The miracle we’ve both been waiting for is here: Solea. Now available to you, Solea is a powerful dental laser that replaces the dental drill in the majority of procedures in our practice. In fact, nearly every patient skips anesthesia because they just don’t need it. Solea is our way of keeping you happy. Because more than anything, we love to see you smile.
Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard, soft and osseous tissue procedures. It was developed in Boston, Massachusetts by Convergent Dental, based on research conducted at the University of California School of Dentistry.  Solea offers a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures for both teeth and gums from simple cavities to complex surgeries. The experience is so unique that you will find it hard to believe you were just at a dental appointment.
The majority of hard an…

Surprising Results From New Dental Survey

With the 2017 year coming to an end the ADA has released some interesting new numbers. 

According to their web site many brushing basics such as brushing, flossing and regular visits are still being ignored.

The BOTTOM LINE is visiting the dentist annually reduces the risk of tooth decay by over 60%. The longer you delay a regular visit the worse a problem can become.

Brushing twice a day?

+ 25% of adults do not brush twice a day, including a third of men

+ People who only brush once a day are a third more likely to develop decay.

Cleaning habits?

+ 42% per cent of adults use just a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care

+ 31% per cent of adults use mouthwash

+ 21% per cent of adults use dental floss

Visits to the dentist survey?

         + 50% per cent of adults say they visit their dentist every 6 months

+ 21% per cent of adults say they visit their dentist annually

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Medication Can Seriously Affect Dental Health

People at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check ups more than twice a year, which means about every 3-4 months.Tobacco and alcohol use,  diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up.

More and more patients that are taking multiple medications for their general health such as Osteoporosis medications, Statins for high cholesterol, multiple meds for high blood pressure etc.  

We have had many patients on these drugs for years and all of a sudden they develop a dry mouth.  This condition can cause serious damage to your mouth.  We've had 4 patients on medications that skipped their regular cleaning and the next time we saw them they had 10-20 cavities caused from the dry mouth.  

If you notice a dry mouth please contact your physician and us immediately to see how we can preven…

In your 50's or 60's? Beware teeth and gums are at a greater risk.

For decades, Conni Sota left every dental checkup with a clean bill of health. But then came a string of troubles: first the "twinges" with cold drinks, then thinning gums. Inconsistent flossing got some of the blame, admits Sota, 51, who works in a Philadelphia-area law office. But the bigger culprit was age: "Teeth and gums are vulnerable to wear, and it's during your 50s and 60s that problems often start to show up," says Robert Palmer, MD, head of geriatrics at the Cleveland Clinic.

The good news: A few changes to your dental routine can help. Here, a few dental care tips for healthy teeth and the warning signs to watch for—and fixes that will keep your smile healthy. Warning Sign: TwingesFluoridated water was less widespread when Sota was growing up, and there were no fluoride rinses. Without that protection, "most of us in this age group have fillings, and that's where we often see cracks in patients over 50," says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a cons…

Top benefits of a GREAT smile.

We often speak of the overall benefits of good oral health but that's only one reason to have a good smile. What can a great smile do you for? A recent Wiki How article suggested: Smiles improve your appearance. All you need to do is think about how you feel about a person who is frowning and a person who is smiling – who tends to be the better looking?
Smiles make things right again and say much more than words can.If you've goofed, said something less than complimentary, feel lost or alone, or feel down, a smile can restore the balance. It lets other people know that you're prepared to be open with them, and that you're willingly agreeing to make amends where needed.Smiles create trust and rapport. A smile is a great way of establishing mutual feelings of being on the same level as others, whether that is one-to-one or in front of a group giving a presentation. It says "I'm OK, you're OK, and we're all going to enjoy one another's company."