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Posts for: January, 2015

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Christie Brinkley's world-famous smile has graced the covers of countless magazines for over 30 years. In fact, in her own words from an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the supermodel said, “I think my smile was really my passport to success in the modeling industry.” And while most of her smile's appeal comes naturally, Christie does give it a boost with good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and tooth whitening. As Christie says, “When it comes to teeth, keep it as natural as possible. Do not go overboard on whitening. You want your teeth to compliment your face…your friends should not be required to wear sunglasses when you smile!”

Aside from some potential minor side effects such as tooth sensitivity, whitening teeth through bleaching is a relatively inexpensive way to brighten your smile conservatively and successfully. There are three common methods, as described below:

  • An external or vital approach where “vital” (living) teeth are bleached through direct contact to the tooth's surface.
  • An internal or non-vital approach where the tooth is whitened from the inside during a root canal treatment.
  • A combination approach in which both internal and external bleaching techniques are used.

But what causes teeth to become discolored?

Tooth discoloration can be caused by a traumatic blow to your teeth resulting in nerve tissue (pulp) death. However, there can be many other causes: consuming or using products that stain the teeth such as coffee, tea, cola, tobacco products and red wine, to name just a few. Aging is another factor, as it results in changes in the mineral structure of the tooth as the enamel, the outermost layer, loses its beautiful and youthful translucency. Other causes include exposure to high levels of fluoride; tetracycline, an antibiotic, administered during childhood; inherited developmental disorders and jaundice in childhood; and tooth decay.

The good news is that we routinely brighten smiles through tooth whitening. To learn more about brightening your smile, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.” Or if you are ready to have your teeth professionally whitened, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss your whitening treatment options. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Christie Brinkley, continue reading “The Secret Behind Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

If you don't like your smile when you look in the mirror, or feel self-conscious because your teeth are discolored, there are a variety of whitening procedures that can help you obtain the smile of your dreams.

Choosing the Right White: With strips, trays and toothpastes all claiming to be the best tooth whitening systems, it can be hard to choose how to whiten your teeth. Our office can help you decide the best approach based on your individual needs, time constraints and budget. Whiteners may not correct all types of discolorations.

Whitening in Our Office: This procedure is called chair-side or professional bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour. We use an in-office whitening gel that is professionally applied to your teeth and activated by a light source, giving you significantly whiter teeth in less than an hour. Typically, teeth with a yellowish hue respond best to whitening.

Whitening Your Teeth at Home: If you are an adult who practices good oral hygiene and doesn't suffer from periodontal disease, our office can help you decide whether an at-home whitening system, or having your teeth whitened in our office best meets your needs. If you decide to go with an at-home system, you will wear a custom-made whitening tray that looks like a thin, transparent night guard. You fill the tray with a mild whitening gel and need to wear the gel filled tray for a specified period of time each day (per our office's instructions). This procedure must be continued over a period of time that generally extends from 2-4 weeks.

Whitening Products Found in Stores: If you are considering over-the-counter whitening products we can also recommend products that will offer you the best results. Whitening toothpastes that have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance contain special chemical or polishing agents that generally provide some stain removal effect.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss any questions that you may have regarding teeth whitening. Read more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
January 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: BreathRX  

Do you suffer from persistent bad breath? If so, regular visits to your Newport Beach, California dentist may not be enough. While Dr. Timothy Bui DDS can help you keep your teeth clean and strong, if you have persistent bad breath that won't go away, you may need to add something new to your dental routine: BreathRx.

What is BreathRx?

Unlike other bad breath treatments you can get from any dentist in Newport Beach, California, BreathRx is a revolutionary new system that at treats bad breath at the source. Instead of just masking your bad breath by covering it with a nice scent, BreathRx actually gets deep within the cavities and crevices of your mouth to kill the bacteria and to neutralize the odor. The process is easy and pain-free, and you'll love the results!

How Do I Use BreathRx?

BreathRx uses a simple but effective three-step process: just brush, scrape and rinse!

1. Brush: Ditch the old toothpaste that isn't working for you and try BreathRx toothpaste instead. With Zytex, fluoride and advanced whitening ingredients, this is one toothpaste that really makes a difference.

2. Scrape: The bacteria in your mouth don't just sit on your teeth. They hide on your tongue too - at least, until you attack them with the BreathRx tongue scraper. Those bacteria don't stand a chance!

3. Rinse: Lastly, finish your oral hygiene routine with a rinse that is clinically proven to clear the bacteria away and give you the fresh breath you've been wanting.

Is BreathRx Right for Me?

If you are self-conscious about your bad breath and want something easy and effective, BreathRx may be just right for you! Why not join all the other loyal BreathRx users and find out? Give your dentist in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Bui, a call and ask about BreathRx today!