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Teeth Whitening Tops Cosmetic Makeover Wishlists for 2010

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 5, 2010

For the thousands of Americans  considering plastic or cosmetic surgery in 2010, procedure such as tummy tucks, breast implants and Botox treatments are surprisingly lower on the list than teeth whitening.

According to Harris Interactive, a consumer polling agency, of the 2,227 U.S. adults surveyed, about 52% of adults would choose teeth whitening followed by tummy tuck surgery and liposuction.

The survey reports that 55% of men and 51% of women would be interested in teeth whitening procedures in 2010 if money were not an issue. 29% of adults surveyed would undergo a tummy tuck or liposuction, while 25% would sign up for hair removal treatments.

Other popular procedures that make the top ten list for 2010 include face lift surgery, laser skin treatment, hair replacement, cellulite treatment, breast implants and Botox injections.

Teeth whitening procedures are among the most affordable cosmetic enhancement procedures available and treatments are available at medical spas, cosmetic dentistry centers and even some spas and hair salons around the United States.

Today’s innovative treatments include the BriteSmile teeth whitening system and Zoom! teeth whitening procedures.

In-office procedures can cost about $1,000 for the complete treatment plan, while in-home treatments such as whitening strips, in-home tray bleaching and treatments at a kiosk can cost between $25 to $150 per session.  In-office procedures can be performed in under an hour, while at home whitening sessions can last between two to three hours depending on the system.

Dental insurance typically does not cover the cost of a teeth whitening procedure, which is why this treatment falls under the elective treatment category. Since teeth bleaching is a chemical process, the teeth do need to be in relatively healthy condition in order for the treatment to work. Many dentists require the patient to undergo an oral examination before the treatment can begin. In most cases, the teeth whitening treatment offers instant results.

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Researchers Unveil Painless Treatment for Receding Gums

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 11, 2009

BBE038Until now, correcting receding gums involved a relatively painful procedure that may have included some type of laser surgery in the mouth. An three-year study at Tufts University now reveals that receding gums can be treated with a specialized gum grafting technique that involves very little pain, and minimal downtime.

Results of this study have been published in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of Periodontology, and reveals an innovative tissue regeneration application treatment that can restore healthy-looking gums and improve overall results of this type of surgery.

Terrence Griffin, DMD, associate professor, chair of the department of periodontology, and director of postdoctoral periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, explains that “Patients have a less invasive treatment option for receding gums and we now have evidence to support the stability of this relatively painless procedure. Instead of leaving the dental office with stitches in the roof of their mouth, a patient leaves with a small bandage on the arm that can be removed in an hour.” (Source:

Many patients would experience significant post-operative bleeding, pain and discomfort from the traditional grafting technique used in gum recontouring and reshaping procedures because gum tissue had to be extracted from other areas of the mouth. The new procedure involves using a platelet-concentrate gel that is applied to a collagen membrane around the tooth, instead of the patient’s own gum tissue. This gel is soaked in the patient’s platelets, and then surgically secured in place.

Gum recession is the leading cause of periodontal disease, and the primary cause of tooth decay and tooth loss for adults aged 35 and older according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Gum recontouring and surgery can help many patients restore their disappearing gum tissue and preserve their original teeth. Overall, this new procedure is less painful than conventional gum recontouring procedures, and produces a better end result.

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Dental Home Bleaching Kits Can Wear Down Tooth Enamel

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 30, 2009

CB107513If you’ve been to the dentist lately and picked up a tooth whitening kit, make sure you’re aware of the downsides of bleaching your teeth. A recent study shows that many people actually lose some of their tooth enamel after using home teeth-whitening kits for a significant period of time. The chemicals in the tooth whitening products can actually break down the enamel and cause more damage to the teeth.

Deteriorating tooth enamel is an irreversible condition, but the teeth can restore their natural shine and the enamel coating after losing just small amounts of the enamel. Enamel is necessary for keeping the teeth hard and strong; it can be broken down by poor hygiene, too much acid in the diet, or cases of excessive vomiting.

The study conducted to test the teeth whitening kits is one of the first in-depth studies that measures the level of enamel lost from frequent use of these kits. Several studies have been conducted on the effects of tooth whitening and bleaching procedures on tooth enamel, but results have been inconclusive because they do not measure the level of hardness on the nanometer scale.

Dr. Shereen Azer, Assistant Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry at Ohio State University led the study, and says that, “There is some significant reduction in nano-hardness of enamel, but we are talking on a very minute scale. So even though it may not be visible to the human eye, it’s important for research because that’s how we improve products.” (Source:

Today’s most popular tooth bleaching kits are made with hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, or a combination of both. Teeth are naturally slightly yellow in color, because the enamel covering it is protecting a thin layer of dentin underneath, and the dentin is a very light yellow color. Teeth whitening and bleaching kits contain powerful compounds that break down the pigment molecules on the enamel of the teeth, thereby making teeth appear whiter. Researchers of this study are also conducting tests on the effects of teeth whitening strips, tooth whitening gums and other teeth whitening treatments.

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UV Teeth Bleaching Linked to Skin and Eye Damage

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 4, 2009

teeth-whiteningTeeth whitening procedures have become one of the leading trends in cosmetic dentistry, allowing many of us to enjoy gleaming white teeth after just one session.

However, doctors are encouraging patients to exercise caution when considering UV teeth bleaching procedures. Some cosmetic dentists promote a highly dangerous variation of the standard teeth bleaching session by using high-powered UV rays for those pearly whites.

The Royal Society of Chemistry recently published a study that suggests these UV treatments are actually a health hazard, and may be particularly harmful to the eyes and the skin.  These procedures typically involve exposing the entire face to a high-energy UV rays, which are in fact, a supercharged version of the sun’s rays.  These lamps typically deliver four times the level of natural sun exposure, which means any rays that reach the skin’s surface or the sensitive eye area are highly vulnerable to irreversible damage.

But why is UV light used in the first place?

Experts claim that UV rays can help with the oxidation of bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxoide and other compounds used to remove stains from teeth.  The effects are amplified by the UV energy waves, which makes the results of the teeth whitening much more pronounced.

However, the risk of extensive damage to the eyes and skin may negate the benefits of whiter teeth altogether.

Healthier options for teeth whitening include treatments such as the Zoom! whitening system that can change the shade of teeth in one sitting, and does not involve UV energy.  The Zoom! system has been proven to be a safe and effective teeth whitening treatment to turn  teeth up to eight shades whiter in under one hour.  A gel is applied to the teeth before the Zoom! lamp is placed only onto the teeth; this lamp does not have an effect on the surrounding skin.

Other teeth bleaching treatments involve the direct application of gels and whitening pastes that may be left on overnight for better results.

For now, patients are advised to steer clear of any UV-teeth whitening procedures and select from other proven treatments instead.

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Drink to Your Health – Your Teeth Will Thank You

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 26, 2008

teaSteering clear of red wine, coffee and sugary sodas continues to be an effective strategy for keeping teeth in great shape, but there is one beverage that can protect your teeth against erosion – brewed tea.

Refined sugars and citric acid are some of the culprits behind tooth decay, but it’s become increasingly harder to avoid foods and drinks that contain these ingredients.  In a study published in the Academy of General Dentistry’s journal, General Dentistry, brewed tea contains compounds that won’t wear down tooth enamel and may also help protect the teeth and gums in the long run.

Both black and green tea contain antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and the study suggests that these teas do not have an erosive effect that can break down teeth enamel. Green tea enthusiasts also enjoy the added benefit of flavanoids in their beverage, plant nutrients that support a healthy immune system and ward off certain diseases.

In order to reap the most benefits from drinking tea, experts say it’s best to enjoy the tea in its natural state – without using sugars, lemon or even milk to mask the taste.  The tea’s natural flavanoids cannot be absorbed as easily when they’re coupled with other ingredients, so it’s best to drink that cup of tea – iced or steaming hot – as is.

In addition to drinking freshly brewed tea regularly, there are ways to reduce the effects of erosion from foods and drinks in the daily diet.  Dentists recommend chewing sugar-free gum between meals to increase saliva flow to the mouth; this acts as a protective covering for the teeth which can then reduce the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

It’s also a good idea to rinse the mouth with water regularly, especially after a meal.   And, if you must have that sugary soda or coffee, drink it quickly through a straw to reduce the risk of erosion on the tops of the teeth.

(Source: Academy of General Dentistry)

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Visit the Dentist and Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 24, 2008

While eating low fat foods and maintaining a healthy weight with a fitness regimen are a few ways to ward off heart disease, experts say visiting the dentist regularly is another way to keep your health in good shape.

Scientists have found that people with heart disease tend to have a high level of a certain protein that causes inflammation; a recent study published in the FASEB Journal suggests that the inflammation may be a result of unhealthy teeth and gums. The FASEB Journal is published by the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) which promotes scientific progress and education in the field of human health.  This study provides some insights on ways to reduce the risk of heart disease outside of conventional methods.

researchers involved in this study reached their conclusions by examining the arteries of 35 people with a median age of 46 who had mild to moderate periodontal disease (gum disease).  After one year of dental treatments – regular brushing, cleaning, flossing and maintaining a healthy set of teeth – the amount of oral bacteria in the mouth decreased significantly and the blood vessels had become much thinner. (Source:  Medical News Today)

Infected gums can be prevented with regular flossing, deep cleaning and frequent visits to the dentist.  People who avoid going to the dentist, or those that do not floss and brush regularly may be at risk for developing unhealthy blood vessels and gum tissue that leads to the thickening of the blood vessels.  Over time, these vessels become inflamed and increse the risk of heart disease.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that everyone should see their dentist one to two times per year to prevent gum disease and oral health problems, and to use the right techniques for brushing and flossing.  Techniques include:

  • Brushing at least twice per day, ideally after every meal
  • Avoiding vigorous brushing that irritates the gums
  • Using an electric toothbrush
  • Using a mouth rinse to reduce plaque
  • Using fresh floss throughout the mouth
  • Using an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth

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Gum Bleaching Treatment Unveiled by Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 29, 2008

Discolored gums can be the result of genetics, smoking, poor health and even a side effect of acne treatments.

However, an innovative gum bleaching treatment may be able to restore dark, pigmented gums back to a healthy pink state.  A Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist by the name of Dr. Alex Farnoosh offers these unique treatments at his office, and explains that gum bleaching is a valuable alternative to painful, and sometimes ineffective, laser surgery.  Dark gums that are treated with laser technology run the risk of damaging surrounding tissues, and can have a negative effect on existing teeth.

According to Dr. Farnoosh’s site, gum bleaching offers several benefits including:

  • Quick and effective procedure – instant results with treatments lasting less than an hour
  • Restoring confidence by improving the smile overall
  • Customized treatment to target specific areas of the gums
  • Easily integrates with other cosmetic dentistry procedures
  • Little or no complications, only a brief period of sensitivity in the treatment area
  • Inexpensive procedure

Dr. Farnoosh explains how this procedure works in this video:

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Cosmetic Dentistry and Surgeons Team Up for Dental Spa Treatments

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 23, 2008

While bleaching and teeth whitening services have already reached the mainstream medspa markets, a new wave of dental treatments could be making its way to your cosmetic surgeon’s office.

Earlier this year, dental spa experts recognized that 5% of dental practices in the U.S were now offering spa dentistry on their menu of services.

As more people forego cosmetic enhancement in today’s fluctuating economy, cosmetic surgeons are looking for new ways to attract more clients, offering an array of treatments and ‘add-ons’ to the standard procedure.  Creating a dental spa environment to the office is a solution for some practices, and there are now several dental spas cropping up across the country.

Clients can walk in for their usual teeth whitening treatment, but also perfect that smile with gum recontouring services or add a set of porcelain veneers to their roster of treatments.  Some ‘spas’ are going as far as adding laser skincare and aromatherapy services to the menu. Dental spa packages may offer additional savings – and save time booking separate appointments – for those interested in a drastic improvement to their smile.

Perhaps the biggest reason to head to the dental spa is to reduce the fear factor; the spa-like atmosphere makes it easier to relax while undergoing extensive dental work.

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BriteSmile and Zoom Continue to Be Top Choices for Teeth Whitening

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 20, 2008

Zoom Teeth Whitening \'Before\' Picture

Zoom Teeth Whitening \'After\' Picture

With countless teeth whitening toothpastes, gels and kits available over the counter, it’s hard to tell what products really work, and which ones are just another marketing gimmick. Still, maintaining that megawatt smile may be easier than you think.

Some of today’s most popular in-office treatments include BriteSmile and Zoom! Teeth Whitening, innovative treatments that make use of blue light and laser therapy to help brighten up your smile after just one treatment. They’re aggressive treatments available at the cosmetic dentist’s office, and may be a worthwhile investment for getting whiter, brighter teeth.

U.S. News and World Report lists several options for teeth whitening in Tooth Whitening Leads in Cosmetic Dentistry, and indicates that both Brite Smile and Zoom can help provide instant results. The article also explains that maintaining a healthy smile involves treating cavities, tooth decay and other dental problems before proceeding with a teeth whitening treatment.

These before and after teeth whitening pictures show how much of a difference a few treatments can make.

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