ABBOTT FAMILY DENTISTRY, LLC
An important part of your oral health is the quality and quantity of your saliva. Without healthy saliva you are at greater risk of cavities, sensitive and even burning oral tissue, fungal infections, bad breath, lost teeth, and painful dentures. With a simple test we can determine if your saliva flow is decreased, has an improper pH, and if the saliva is properly buffering against the acids produced by the bacteria that cause cavities.
For a limited time, Dr. Pierson at Abbott Family Dentistry, LLC is offering a free Saliva-Check test. This test is free with all paid new patient comprehensive exams with x-rays and for all existing patients at there next paid recall exam. There are some restrictions on eligibility, see below**.
To get this free test, you will need to mention that you want the free Saliva-Check when you are scheduling for your exam as the test takes about 15 minutes as we need to schedule extra time for your exam.
In office whitening is a great way to jump start whitening your teeth. Results vary from person to person and the lighter your teeth are to start with the less dramatic the results will be. People with teeth that are already light typically get 2-3 shades lighter in one visit. People with darker teeth range from 2 to 7 shades lighter in one visit. Full disclosure notice! Tooth whitening does not work on all people, up to 5% may not respond to the treatment. If it does not work at all we will refund $100 of your fee. We did have one person only get one shade lighter and that result is considered successful. Don't be too concerned about not getting results because so far most people have gotten 3-7 shades lighter, we have only had the one patient who only got 1 shade lighter, and knock on wood, we have had no cases that had zero results.
Our in office whitening system is the Boost system by Ultradent and we feel it is at least as effective as other systems that use lights in conjunction with the whitening gel. In fact, one reason the Boost system is less sensitive that some others is that there is no light over drying the tooth. We believe the whitening system we use is the most effective and least sensitive of the in office whitening systems. The above mentioned fee includes two applications in a single visit and four, single use take home disposable whitening trays. Additional single use whitening trays are available for purchase. A third in office whitening application can be applied for an additional $75 when done at the same visit as the initial two applications. Only 3 applications of in office whitening can be done in a single visit. If you wish additional in office whitening visits they are offered at a discount of 25% off the normal 2 application whitening fee and cannot be done until at least four days have passed since your last whitening visit.
All whitening has the risk of tooth sensitivity. The stronger the solution, the greater the risk. In office whitening uses stronger solutions so the risk of sensitivity is greater than take home systems. In order to minimize the sensitivity of whittening, at the end of your whitening visit, we give you one tray of ultraEZ which is a gel designed to minimize sensitivity. We also will give you a tube of Fluoridex Sensitivity Relief, a prescription strength fluoride tooth paste with the same active ingredient as most over the counter sensitivity relief tooth pastes. I suggest you purchase and start using the Fluoridex one or two weeks before whitening and we will apply that purchase price towards our whitening visit if you whiten your teeth in our office within 1 month of purchasing the Fluoridex. You may need to purchase more ultraEz trays and if you need them they are sold at our cost. I did find one person on the internet who said they had sensitivity for a year after whitening. Such a long period of sensitivity is highly suspect and I believe that they likely had cavities or defective restorations that were in the area whitened. At Abbott Family Denitstry, LLC we want you to have a beautiful smile but we are even more eager for you to have a healthy smile. To ensure that your smile stays healthy and you do not suffer harm from the whitening, we do need to verify the teeth to be whitened are healthy enough to whiten. To ensure your teeth are healthy enough to whiten, you need to have a current exam in my office including any necessary x-rays. Once your teeth and restorations are found to be healthy enough, we can then schedule for tooth whitening.