Dr. Kathleen Mullaney • DDS • FAGD

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A bright smile for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, forget the candy hearts and roses and give yourself the gift of a brighter, whiter smile.

As we age, our smiles can get dingy and stained. There are many reasons, including tooth trauma, food and drink choices, tobacco use, childhood illnesses, and even chemotherapy. Stained teeth can make a person look aged beyond their years and can affect a person’s self-esteem by making them not want to smile.

Some of these stains can be removed with twice-daily brushing and flossing and regular professional cleanings. For that deep-down staining, there are many options available.

Before we get into options for whitening, it’s important to remember that some teeth will not lighten regardless of the method used. Whitening won’t work on teeth with crowns, veneers, fillings, or dentures. Teeth where the nerve has suffered trauma, or have already been stained due to medication while the tooth was forming also can’t be lightened by surface bleaching.

Whitening Options we offer

So how does teeth whitening work? There are essentially only two tooth whitening agents used: hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. It’s the delivery method that offers the widest choice for patients.

In-Office Whitening – Sometimes called chairside whitening, this process is usually done in one visit. The concentration of this gel is powerful. Your dentist will protect your gums so that none of the bleaching agent touches your delicate oral tissue. Since a bright light often activates this material, protective eyewear must also be worn.

At-Home Trays – After your dentist takes impressions of your teeth, they will make a custom set of trays to fit for you. You’ll be given a syringe of whitener, which can vary in strength from 10-35% depending on the material used, as well as detailed instructions.

 

Generally speaking, teeth whitening is very safe. However, some people may develop tooth sensitivity if they use a highly concentrated whitening agent. Gum recession, which exposes the sensitive dentin under the enamel, can also cause tooth sensitivity during whitening. Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and limiting the time you whiten can lessen sensitivity.

Between Touchups

Regardless of the whitening method used, your teeth will need to be touched up occasionally to maintain their radiance. Twice daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional cleanings and exams are one of the most effective ways to not only keep your body healthy but your smile bright. Limiting foods like coffee, wine, and tea can help increase the time between touchups, too.

This Valentine’s Day, why not give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile you can’t wait to love

Deal of the Day

* Includes necessary X-rays, Velscope Oral Cancer Screening and periodontal examination
(New Patients Only, excludes cleaning. Not billable to insurance)

Trusted in the Community

Had my first visit to Dr. Mullaney’s office this month since the pandemic and the experience was gold standard. The safety processes and clean office environment were impeccable. Dr. Mullaney and staff were, as usual, amazing. Every step was explained, the protective garments worn by staff were the best I have experienced. It was a safe and positive visit and I recommend making an appointment!!

I am a new patient. After my first dentist appointment with Dr. Mullaney, I left feeling very informed and in control of ultimately making decisions about the care and treatment I receive. The staff is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I love that they participate in helping veterans through The Freedom Day USA program. They are committed to providing a very clean and friendly atmosphere. In addition this practice goes out of its way to bring comfort and the latest in dentistry to all their patients.

I never thought that a person could enjoy going to the dentist until I started seeing Dr. Mullaney. Her attractive and serene office and Dr. Mullaney and her competent and friendly staff make every visit a pleasure. They have a gift for making each experience smooth and efficient, with meticulous attention to the patient’s needs and comfort. On a scale of 1 to 10 this practice is a 15!

Dr. Mullaney and her staff are absolutely wonderful. They are very professional, personable and greet you by name when you walk in the door. Dr. Mullaney is very talented and really has perfected her craft. Even with a last-minute treatment change, she is unwavering in performing the highest quality treatment available. I am extremely grateful to you all for making my visit pleasant and even fun!