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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
February 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A dull smile may not affect the health of your teeth but it can impact your self-esteem. Fortunately, it's easy to brighten your smile with teeth whitening offered by Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

How can teeth whitening help me?

Whitening your teeth offers many benefits. When your teeth are dull, yellow or stained, you may feel less confident in social situations. Unfortunately, if you smile less in an attempt to hide your teeth, people may assume that you're not friendly or open to meeting new friends.

How does whitening work?

Life has a way of turning your once-bright smile dull. Teeth naturally become duller with age, but are also affected by foods, beverages and even smoking. Foods that are dark or brightly colored, such as cola, coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce and berries, deposit pigments in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate, your teeth begin to look a little gray or yellow.

Hydrogen peroxide gel, used by your Costa Mesa dentist during teeth whitening, breaks apart stains embedded in your tooth enamel. Treatments only take about an hour but leave your teeth three to eight shades whiter. (Take-home trays are also available if you prefer whitening at home.)

Before your treatment begins, tartar and plaque will be removed from your teeth. If you whiten your teeth without removing these substances, your teeth may look speckled. Safety is the priority during whitening treatments. Your gums will be covered with a protective gel, and you'll wear plastic retractors to gently pull your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during your treatment.

Whitening results generally last about two to three years. You keep your teeth looking whiter longer simply by eliminating or reducing stain-causing foods and beverages from your diet.

Boost your smile power with teeth whitening! Call Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, at (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
July 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningNo one likes to look worn out, particularly when they smile. Yet, over time, teeth tend to stain and become dull. How's your smile? If you'd like to freshen it up, Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, has the way: in-office and at-home teeth whitening. Professionally supervised, safe and effective, this popular treatment changes personal appearance and self-confidence, too.

Why teeth become discolored

Food, beverages, tobacco, prescription medications, oral injury and the aging process--these factors play a significant role in why teeth become dark and dull, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Poor oral hygiene complicates matters as plaque and tartar accumulate on and between teeth.

Your solutions

Yes, retail outlets, including mall kiosks and drugstores, offer over-the-counter products which promise dazzling smiles. However, most of these toothpastes, rinses, and strips deliver minimal results and may cause uncomfortable dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity.

What's a better option? Teeth whitening with Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon changes tooth color by as many as eight shades. Your Costa Mesa dentist inspects your oral health before offering any cosmetic dental service. Then, if you're qualified, the doctor explains how in-office and at-home teeth whitening works. Both are equally effective; so the choice is yours!

In-office whitening

It takes an hour or so and happens right in the dental chair. After protecting your gums and lips with a plastic dam, your dentist applies a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to all tooth surfaces. The gel penetrates the enamel and lifts the staining organic matter to the surface where your dentist rinses it away. You'll leave the office with a super-bright smile.

At-home whitening

This is a more gradual process but works just as well. In the privacy of your own home, you'll apply peroxide gel (a less powerful form) via custom-made acrylic trays. Your Costa Mesa dentist will tell you how long to wear the trays and for how many days. After your treatments are done, you'll love your youthful, bright teeth.

The ADA says that teeth recently whitening actually stain more easily for a while. To protect your new white smile, avoid tobacco and limit coffee, blueberries, acidic tomato sauces, and other dark dietary choices. Drink plenty of water, and brush twice a day. Daily flossing is important, as are your semi-annual visits to Harbor Mesa Dental Care. Ask about occasional whitening touch-ups, too.

Call today

A white smile could be a dental visit away. Contact the friendly team at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, to learn all about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental services. Phone (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?teeth whitening

Here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, your dentists can help. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With your Costa Mesa, CA, dentist, your smile can become several shades whiter.

But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. Some other reasons include:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Eating certain foods, such a blueberries

So how will my Costa Mesa dentist make my teeth whiter?

A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.

The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a laser is used to speed up the process. Your dentist will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Your dentist and their team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits and you'll have the added benefit of it being safe since dental experts will be taking care of you.

If your dental stains are severe though, you may need more than one session. This decision will depend on what your doctor's assessment of your teeth is.

If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call your Costa Mesa, CA, dental office today at (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dealing with a less-than-ideal smile? That’s something we can handle.Veneers

Do you feel confident in your smile or do little imperfections and flaws make you feel self-conscious? If it’s the latter, then our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists - Dr. Jeffrey Sanacore, Dr. Randall Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon - are here to the rescue. Dental chips, stains and discolorations can do a number on your smile, but simple cosmetic procedures can turn this all around for you.

Dental Bonding

If you only have a small discoloration or chip that bothers you but isn’t that significant, then our Costa Mesa cosmetic dentist may recommend dental bonding. This simple, non-invasive dental technique can be performed in just one visit and only requires us to apply a tooth-colored resin over these areas of the tooth and then shape the resin so that it blends in with the rest of your smile. The bonding resin is chosen to match the shade of your teeth and can cover everything from stains and chips to improving the overall length of a worn-down tooth.

In some cases, dental bonding can be used in conjunction with tooth reshaping, a painless procedure in which we shave off very small amounts of enamel to buff out small chips and cracks and to improve the shape of a tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

In situations in which your imperfections are too much for bonding to handle the next best option are dental veneers. These tailor-made porcelain shells are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to alter the appearance, whether you are looking to hide discolorations and chips or you want to close gaps between teeth.

Before you can get traditional dental veneers, teeth will need to be prepped beforehand. This means removing some enamel from the front of your teeth so that there is enough room for veneers to fit in front. You can get veneers in about 2-3 visits.

Are you ready to find out more about these procedures and how they can help you? If so, there has never been a more perfect time to call Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA. Turn to us for a consultation today!

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your teeth are discolored or stained, you can remove those stubborn stains with professional teeth whitening treatments performed by teeth whiteningyour dentist. Stains on teeth can be caused by taking medications, smoking, drinking certain beverages or simply from aging. Professional teeth whitening treatments can noticeably whiten and brighten your teeth by several shades in just one appointment. For teeth whitening in Costa Mesa, CA, see Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert or Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon at Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

Professional Teeth Whitening

In Costa Mesa, professional teeth whitening treatments are applied in the dentist’s office. The procedure is about an hour long. During that time, a professional strength bleaching agents are applied to the surface of the teeth. A protective gel might also be applied to the gums and other sensitive areas of the mouth to protect them against potential irritation. The bleaching agent is left on the teeth to begin bleaching and whitening the tooth enamel. Once the procedure is over, the teeth will be noticeably whiter and brighter.

Over-the-counter whitening products present another option for lightening stains on the teeth. However, over-the-counter products applied at home are not as powerful as professional treatments done in the dentist’s office. The bleaching agent in over-the-counter products is significantly weaker than what is found in professional strength treatments, which are only available through a dentist.

Additionally, whereas it takes just a single professional treatment to see noticeable results, over-the-counter products require multiple applications before achieving visible results. Finally, the results of over-the-counter whitening products do not necessarily last very long. The whitening results of professional treatments applied by a dentist can last up to five years with proper care of the teeth.

Professional whitening treatments provide the most effective removal of those stubborn stains on teeth. Dramatic results are achieved quickly and can last for years. For professional teeth whitening in Costa Mesa, CA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert or Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon by calling Harbor Mesa Dental Care at (714) 825-0025.