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By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
November 17, 2017
Category: Dentist

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your Overland Park, KS dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Overland Park, KS Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your Overland Park dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
December 01, 2016

Discover whether this powerful whitening system could finally brighten your dulling smile.

Are sick and tired of noticing yellow stains on your teeth whenever you smile? Do you want to feel confident talking and smiling around teeth whiteningothers without fearing that all they see is yellow, dull teeth? Of course, you could try over-the-counter remedies that may or may not actually make much of a difference or you could turn to our Overland Park, KS dentist, Dr. Michelle Deutch, for professional in-office whitening. Find out more about this cosmetic procedure and whether it could brighten your smile.

What causes teeth to yellow?

Yes, yellowing of teeth is a natural part of aging. This is due to the fact that as we get older the dentin, the inner part of the tooth just past the enamel, darkens over time. Since enamel often thins as we get older, this means that the darker dentin layer is more easily visible. Besides aging, dental stains can also be caused by,

  • Direct trauma to a tooth
  • Too much fluoride usage
  • Genetics
  • Consuming certain foods and drinks that are known to cause stains
  • Taking antibiotics for long periods of time before 10 years old
  • Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products

Can teeth whitening help me?

The whitening system that our Overland cosmetic dentist offers is stronger than any whitening products you’ll ever find. This system has been known to whiten smiles by several shades in less than one hour; however, even our amazing whitening system won’t be able to tackle all issues. If you want professional in-office teeth whitening (or even our at-home system) here are some things to consider:

  • You need to have dental stains that are external (caused by food, drink, aging or smoking) rather than internal
  • You shouldn’t have any dental work (e.g. fillings, crowns, etc.) unless you are okay with the fact that whitening will not be able to whiten these restorations
  • You are dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and clean and you will come in every six months for routine cleanings to keep your smile looking its best. You’ll also avoid certain foods and drinks that may restain your teeth
  • You don’t suffer from tooth sensitivity or you have talked to us about ways to combat this issue before getting teeth whitening treatment in Overland, KS

If teeth whitening sounds like the right option for you, then it’s time you called our Overland, KS dental office to schedule a consultation!

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
September 21, 2016
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign from your Overland Park, Kansas dentist can help your smile

Not too many years ago, if you wanted a straight smile you had to wear unsightly metal brackets and wires for what seemed like an invisaligneternity. Now, thanks to modern, innovative Invisalign orthodontic treatment, getting a straighter smile has become much easier. Dr. Michelle B. Deutch, your dentist in Overland Park, Kansas wants to help you explore the magic of Invisalign.

Invisalign is completely different than old-school orthodontic treatments. Instead of cumbersome brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic trays, called aligners. Because they are made of clear plastic, Invisalign aligners create a virtually invisible, completely discreet way to straighten your smile.

Your Invisalign treatment is truly state-of-the-art and has many benefits that can’t be matched by other orthodontic treatments. With Invisalign, you will experience:

  • Greater comfort, because the appliance is smooth plastic, with no metal parts to irritate your soft tissue
  • Greater convenience, because you can remove the appliance when you eat, allowing you to still eat the foods you love
  • Enhanced self-confidence, because no one will notice you are straightening your teeth, except you and your dentist
  • Improved dental health, because you can remove the appliance to brush and floss normally

Your dentist in Overland Park, Kansas begins your treatment with the first set of aligners, which you will wear for two weeks. You switch to a new set of aligners for another two weeks. You change aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete at nine to fifteen months. That’s all there is to it! No more “metal mouth” or years of discomfort, thanks to Invisalign!

Invisalign can correct all the same major issues as conventional metal braces. Consider Invisalign if you suffer from overlapped, crowded or rotated teeth, or wide gaps between your teeth. Invisalign can also correct bite problems including open bite, crossbite, underbite or overbite.

You owe it to yourself to find out how getting a straighter smile has become much easier, thanks to Invisalign and the skills of your dentist in Overland Park. Get the smile you deserve by calling Dr. Michelle B. Deutch. Call today and get started on your new smile!

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
July 20, 2016
Tags: Epic of Biolase  

In the past, lasers were a science fiction movie creation, used to shoot at aliens or monsters. However, lasers have become more and more common in medical and dental settings. From performing surgeries to whitening teeth, lasers are a priceless tool. Epic of Biolase, a versatile dental laser, is a one-size-fits-all laser system which performs many duties. Learn more about Epic from Dr. Michelle Deutch in Epic of BiolaseOverland Park, KS.

What is Epic of Biolase? 
Biolase’s Epic is a diode laser which combines several dental instruments into one. This revolutionary product is available in different configurations depending on your dentist’s needs. Epic is portable, FDA approved and effective in the treatment of several dental conditions. Additionally, Epic is the only diode laser dentistry tool in the United States which can perform three separate therapies using the same unit.

What can Epic do for me? 
Epic performs three main tasks with three different settings:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery: Epic of Biolase treats conditions which require soft tissue surgery. This setting also treats ulcers and lesions and can even treat periodontal issues.
  • Pain Management: Pain management for symptoms of conditions like TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder is also available from Epic. Laser therapy relaxes the muscles and relieves pain.
  • Teeth Whitening: The Biolase Epic system can perform a full whitening session in about 20 minutes. On average, sessions lift the color of the teeth about 5 shades. This cuts the appointment time of traditional whitening methods in half.

Epic of Biolase Treatments in Overland Park
Epic of Biolase systems are small, light and portable, allowing your dentist to move around freely. Depending on the procedure, your dentist adjusts Epic’s settings and changes its tip to one necessary for the procedure. Soft tissue surgery uses a small tip and pinpointed laser, while pain management procedures use a handpiece to evenly distribute the laser’s intensity and ensure the best results. Teeth whitening procedures use another type of specialized handpiece.

Laser dental procedures allow for less downtime after a treatment and require less anesthetic before performing the treatment. For more information on Biolase Epic treatments, please contact Dr. Deutch in Overland Park, KS. Call (913) 469-0085 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Deutch today!

By Dr. Michelle B. Deutch
May 20, 2016

Tired of unattractive, dark metal fillings? While amalgam has been the material of choice for dentists across the country for generations, new tooth-colored fillings provide durability and exceptional aesthetics. Dr. Michelle B. Deutch, your Olathe, KS dentist, provides patients with modern composite resin fillings as one of many precise restorative dental treatments.Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored Filling Material

Composite resin is a enamel-colored mixture of glass and acrylic. The Academy of General Dentistry states that composite resin has many benefits over other kinds of filling materials, including:

  • perfectly matched, lifelike color and texture
  • bonding directly to healthy tooth structure
  • less enamel preparation
  • great durability, particularly on front teeth directly in the smile zone
  • return of 85 percent or more of a tooth's strength
  • little or no dental sensitivity
  • immediate curing with no need to delay chewing or drinking

The Restorative Process in Olathe

Dr. Deutch discovers dental decay on visual inspection and with ADA-accepted DIAGNOdent laser detection. Digital x-rays also uncover cavities in more hidden areas of the mouth, especially in between teeth.

After removing the decayed material from the tooth, Dr. Deutch etches the area with a primer liquid which allows the resin to adhere well to tooth enamel. She then begins layering composite resin onto the tooth. She hardens each layer with a special curing light and sculpts the filling for best appearance and bite. She also polishes the composite resin for a beautiful finish and stain-resistance.

Some patients choose to have old, dark and damaged fillings removed and replaced with composite resin fillings. Also, composite resin bonding improves smile aesthetics by filling in chips, closing spaces, smoothing rough spots and pits and strengthening hairline cracks.

With good oral hygiene at home, limiting staining beverages and foods, and keeping routine exam and cleaning appointments with Dr. Deutch, tooth-colored fillings last for years.

Consider Tooth-colored Fillings

You will be pleased with the results, and you can trust the expertise of Dr. Deutch and her professional team to create restorations that improve your oral health, appearance and self-confidence. If you wish to learn more about composite resin fillings, call the office for a consultation: (913) 469-0085.

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