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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Linden Dental
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There are more smile advantages than you might think when you get dentures in Naples, FL.

While you certainly have options when it comes to treating your tooth loss, there is a reason people still turn to dentures to replace their denturesmissing teeth. Sometimes dentures get a bad rap but our Naples, FL, dentists, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden, are here to tell you the advantages you can enjoy with dentures.

Maybe you think you know dentures and what they can do for you, but dentures have come a long way over the centuries. Modern dental technology has made it possible for dentures to become a more reliable and realistic way to replace missing teeth. Even though dentures will never be as good as natural teeth, there are many advantages to choosing dentures in Naples, FL.

Here are a few:

  • Wearing dentures can actually prevent facial muscles from sagging. Sagging facial muscles can cause you to look older than you actually are, but wearing dentures can help you maintain your facial structure.
  • You will enjoy restored self-confidence now that you have a full smile again. You won’t worry about smiling in public or feel self-conscious that people are seeing gaps in your smile due to tooth loss. All they will see is a full set of teeth.
  • Dentures restore both speaking and chewing. Those with significant tooth loss may find it difficult to eat, which can hinder patients from receiving proper nutrients. Tooth loss can also affect someone’s speech. Fortunately, dentures can improve all of these issues.

Besides the benefits listed above, you’ll also enjoy getting a restoration in just a couple of visits. Other options, like dental implants, can take up to a year to get. But in just three visits, you too can get a full set of teeth.

And if finances have you stressed out about your upcoming dental treatment, note that dentures are one of the most affordable ways to replace your teeth. Other options may last longer or offer other advantages, but dentures are also kind to your wallet.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? Want to find out if they are right for you? Then it’s time you called Linden Dental in Naples, FL, to schedule your cosmetic consultation and see if dentures can improve your smile.