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How to keep your teeth white (and teeth whitening services)

What makes a smile beautiful? When patients are asked this question, their first response is often “bright, white, and clean teeth.” While our teeth are designed to last a lifetime, they can change in their appearance over time. Not only can yellowing and discoloration be caused by aging, but it can also result from eating and drinking certain foods and beverages that can stain the natural tooth enamel. Coffee, red wine, and teas are commonly known to discolor natural tooth enamel.

Though many drugstores offer a wide selection of teeth whitening treatments such as take-home trays, strips, and toothpastes, many of these fall short of providing the results patients really want. At the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook in Albuquerque, NM, patients can find solutions that work for them and offer more dramatic results!

  • Professional whitening – First and foremost, patients seeking whitening solutions that provide immediate results are welcome to ask our team about professional teeth whitening options. Our practice proudly uses Opalescence teeth whitening products which are used in the privacy of one’s home. Patients whiten their teeth using specialized bleaching gels and whitening trays, wearing them as needed to boost the brilliance and natural beauty of their smiles.
  • Lifestyle changes – In-between whitening products, patients should also pay close attention to what they are consuming that is contributing to the discoloration of the natural tooth enamel. Many beverages are known to contribute to discoloration, including coffees, red wines, and teas. Patients should also avoid smoking cigarettes which may also dull the enamel and it’s natural beauty.
  • Medication concerns – Some patients experience staining due to certain medications they may take. One of the most problematic medications for this is tetracycline, which is an antibiotics with a side effect of tooth discoloration. Patients may want to talk to their primary care provider to determine if an alternative can be used to avoid further impact to the teeth.

Albuquerque, NM patients ready to work with a team of professionals to learn more about maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile are encouraged to book an appointment at our practice by calling (505) 881-1159.

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Enjoy a brighter smile for the new year!

Teeth Whitening During the holiday season, many patients reconnect with friends and family at activities and events held in the months of November, December, and January. Many patients visit with Dr. Steven Holbrook at Comprehensive Dental Care in Albuquerque, NM to ask about the solutions available to them for improving and enhancing the smile. One way in which patients can quickly rejuvenate their smile is with professional teeth whitening solutions.
 
 

What is involved in the teeth whitening process?

Dr. Steven Holbrook is pleased to offer whitening using the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System. This system utilizes potassium nitrate and fluoride to lift deep stains and improve brilliance in the natural tooth enamel. The whitening procedure using this system requires two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth. These impressions are used to create custom trays that are used with the bleaching gel. Patients return for a second appointment to obtain their trays and ensure they fit the dental arch properly. Adjustments can be made if needed. Patients are educated on how to use the trays and bleaching gel properly to obtain the desired results.

Is teeth whitening with the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System permanent?

Teeth whitening procedures are not permanent. However, they can be enjoyed for several months, even longer, with continued treatment and by avoiding foods and beverages known for staining the teeth. Patients who are serious about maintaining their whiter smile can ask their dentist for more bleaching gel to touch-up the whitening every few months. Patients who have dental restorations placed in their smile will need to have them matched to the current color of their smile and maintained.

Who is a candidate for teeth whitening with a dental team?

Professional teeth whitening is best for patients who have dulling or discolored teeth and are seeking a boost in brilliance and beauty. The best patients for this treatment are those who do not have color-matched dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers as these are not affected by the whitening gels.

Ready to have your smile shine this holiday season?

Contact Dr. Steven Holbrook of Comprehensive Dental Care today to learn about the benefits of professional-grade teeth whitening solutions. The practice can be reached by calling (505) 881-1159 and visiting the office at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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How to Get The Perfect Smile in 2019

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMHaving the perfect smile is about more than just looking good in pictures on Instagram. If you feel like your smile is less than perfect then there are a few different things that we can do to help you get there. From teeth whitening to regular teeth cleanings, this article will list a few things that Dr. Steven Holbrook can help you with during this year.

Teeth Straightening

Having a mouth full of crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious and it can even make chewing be uncomfortable sometimes. Here at our office, Dr. Holbrook offers patients Invisalign which works to straighten the teeth by using a series of clear aligners. Every two weeks, you will change out your custom aligners which will move them one step closer to the perfect smile.

Teeth Whitening

After you have done Invisalign, let us give you a whiter smile. With professional teeth whitening, we can help you get whiter teeth in just a matter of weeks. During your initial consultation with Dr. Holbrook, he will discuss whitening trays with you so that you can decide whether or not it’s a good option for you and your smile.

Regular Cleanings

The best way for you to keep your smile looking good is by getting regular dental cleanings from Dr. Holbrook. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults get their teeth professionally cleaned every six months. During your bi-annual cleaning, Dr. Holbrook will not only clean and polish your teeth but he may take x-rays as well to look at the condition of your jaw bone health.

If you want to step into 2019 with a brighter, whiter, and healthier smile then make sure that you consider these things. To learn more, contact Albuquerque office and call us today at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get a Smile That Would Even Make Santa Himself Feel Jealous

Veneers Albuquerque NMIf you have a smile that you aren’t exactly proud of, then why wait any longer to fix it? Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we offer patients a variety of different cosmetic dental procedures to help you get the smile that you’ve always wanted. Rather than asking Santa for the same old thing again this year, why not ask for the smile you’ve been wanting? Let’s take a closer look at a few ways that you can get a new smile that would even make Santa jealous.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers can kind of be compared to one stop shopping. By sanding down your existing teeth and then placing thin porcelain veneers over the top, we can help correct a variety of issues including crooked teeth, chipped teeth, stained teeth, small teeth, or teeth that you simply aren’t too fond of. During your initial veneers consult, we will take a closer look at the different sizes, shapes. and colors of veneers that we have to help you land on the ones that will give you the best possible smile.

Whitening

If you feel like you have a hard time saying “cheese” because of the color of your teeth, then you may want to consider getting your teeth professionally whitened. Here at our office. we use a take-home whitening system called Opalescence which uses a combination of bleach and customized whitening trays to help patients, like you, achieve the smile that you’ve been wanting.

Invisalign

Whether you have had braces in the past and it didn’t work or if you have never had any sort of straightening done on your smile, then you may want to consider Invisalign. The great thing about Invisalign is that instead of a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, it uses clear aligner trays to help patients achieve a straight smile. Skip feeling sorry about your smile and get one that would have Santa and all of his reindeer feeling a little bit jealous. If you want to learn more about these options, contact our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881.1159.

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3 Types of Dental Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMNobody wants to smile in front of the camera with a mouth full of brown or yellow teeth. With Christmas cards and a lot of photos to post on social media, now is the perfect time to get rid of your stained teeth and embrace newly whitened teeth. Here at Steven E. Holbrook’s office, we have three types of dental whitening options that we offer patients depending on the severity of your tooth discoloration and your lifestyle.

 

Home Whitening

If you have tooth sensitivity, then home whitening may be the perfect thing for you. Why? At home tooth whitening is convenient and gentle because the concentration of hydrogen peroxide and whitening ingredients are much lower.

Power Whitening

If you want really fast results, then power whitening will be the trick for you. During this one-hour visit, we will apply a special whitening gel to the teeth which will help give you immediate results. So, if you are looking for a really fast way to get visibly whiter teeth then power whitening may be the perfect solution for you.

Deep whitening

If you have more than just surface stains, then you may want to consider deep whitening. Deep whitening combines both home whitening and power whitening to help give you the best results possible. To start out, we will combine two weeks of at home whitening with a comprehensive one-hour whitening session.

It can be frustrating to use over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and not get any results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Holbrook at our office, he will take a close look at your teeth and determine which type of whitening solution will give you the best results possible. Then from there, we will get started on getting you one step closer to having a brighter, whiter smile.

Are you ready to get a whiter smile? Schedule your consultation at our Albuquerque office and contact us at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get Rid of Coffee Stained Teeth

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMYou wake up every morning and the first thing you do is make a piping hot cup of coffee and then a few hours later you stop off at your local coffee shop and grab another freshly brewed cup. Let’s face it, coffee is what gets a lot of people going in the morning and without it, we may as well sleep all day long. Even though coffee can give you that energy boost that you need every day to keep going, it can also cause some serious damage to your teeth; especially when it comes to surface stains. If you have coffee stained teeth but can’t seem to get rid of the stains, then this article will list a few ways that you can hopefully get whiter teeth in no time.

Drink Water Afterward

One of the keys to drinking coffee without staining your teeth is to follow up each cup with an entire glass of water. Water will work to wash away the stains on your teeth and make it so that they don’t sit on your teeth for very long as well. Plus, water will keep you hydrated,

Water Down Your Coffee

If you are an avid black coffee drinker, then the coffee you drink is more acidic than those who add a splash of milk. To help dilute your coffee and its staining power, consider adding a little bit of milk (skip the sugar) to it every day to help make it, so it’s less likely to stain your teeth.

Use Whitening Toothpaste

Another thing that you want to do is use an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste will work to help you get rid of surface stains on your teeth so that you can get a whiter, healthier smile in no time.

Get Your Teeth Professionally Whitened

In addition to using the three tips we have already listed above, why not give professional teeth whitening from Dr. Steven Holbrook a try? During your tooth whitening consultation, we will go over all of your whitening options and help you pick one that is good for your smile.

Drinking coffee may be something that you are never going to give up, but that doesn’t mean that you also have to give up on your dreams of having a whiter smile as well.

To learn more about dental whitening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Things You May Not Know About Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMIf you lived through the 90’s, then you’ve likely seen your fair share of FRIENDS episodes and may recall the one where Ross gets his teeth whitened so much that they glow in the dark. And although Dr. Steven Holbrook can try his hardest to get your teeth to glow in the dark, it luckily likely won’t happen. If you have been wanting to get your teeth professionally whitened without having to look like Ross in the process, then this article is for you. From tooth sensitivity to upkeep, this article will discuss three things you may not know about teeth whitening.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain in the mouth; especially when you’re trying to enjoy a bowl of ice cream. One common side effect of any type of teeth whitening is an increase in tooth sensitivity. Normally, this should subside fairly quickly. You can also use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne to help alleviate the pain and irritation.

Tooth Whitening Is Not For Everyone

You have stained, discolored teeth so you can get them whitened, right? It just depends on the cause of your stains. For instance, if your teeth are stained a greyish color because you were given medication like tetracycline when you were little, teeth whitening won’t work. If, however, your teeth are only discolored because of food and other factors, then we usually can whiten your teeth.

Whitening Requires Upkeep

Even though one really good in-office whitening session is going to get your teeth whiter faster than at-home treatments, they will still require a little bit of upkeep— especially if you’re a coffee, black tea, or red wine drinker. Depending on how well your teeth take to whitening and your lifestyle choices, we will determine just how often you should have your teeth whitened.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you ready to get that perfect white smile you’ve always wanted? Schedule your whitening consultation online with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today or call (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Teeth Whitening

How to Get the Most Out of Your Teeth Whitening | Albuquerque NMWhitening your teeth is one of the fastest and easiest ways that you can transform your smile from drab to fab. Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we use at-home dental whitening trays and bleach to help whiten your teeth up to several shades whiter than they were before.

During your initial appointment, we will create molds for your dental trays, and you will pick them up at your second appointment. But, how can you get the most out of your teeth whitening experience? Try these three tips.

Teeth Whitening Tips

Don’t Skip a Day

Because we use an at-home whitening treatment at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you are using it every day. Remember that if you skip a few days, it’s going to take that much longer to get the maximum results. If you’re having a hard time remembering to whiten your teeth, try keeping them right by your bathroom sink as a reminder.

Use a Whitening Toothpaste

One of the best ways to get the most out of your teeth whitening is to follow up with whitening toothpaste every time you brush. Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste contains ingredients like hydrogen peroxide which help you get rid of surface stains from food and beverages— leaving your teeth whiter for longer.

Watch What You Drink

Even though there are scientific studies out there pointing to the health benefits of beverages like red wine and black coffee, they are terrible for your teeth. Not only can coffee and red wine stain your teeth almost immediately but coffee is very acidic which means that it can erode away your enamel. Try cutting down on coffee, black tea, and red wine. Or, if you have to have a glass or two, make sure to drink a glass of water afterward to prevent it from staining your teeth.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you ready to learn more about how you can get whiter teeth? Schedule an appointment at our office in Albuquerque, NM by calling (505) 881-1159.

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3 Things to Know About Dental Whitening

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMThere are some trends, like 1980’s perms, that luckily fade. But there are others, like having your teeth professionally whitened, that are here to stay. If you have yellow teeth due to surface stains, Dr. Steven Holbrook has got you covered. With professionally teeth whitening, we can help you get rid of those surface stains and reveal a whiter, brighter smile in the process. To help you decide if teeth whitening is the right solution for you, we have created a brief list of some basic things to know. Let’s take a closer look.

It Isn’t Always Permanent

Even though getting your teeth professionally whitened by Dr. Steven Holbrook is the fastest and most efficient way to whiten your teeth, dental whitening isn’t always permanent. In fact, we encourage our patients to use a daily whitening toothpaste to help get rid of surface stains caused by food and beverages. Additionally, you may need to come in every few years to have your teeth whitened.

It May Cause Sensitivity

One of the things that many patients aren’t aware of when it comes to dental whitening— even over-the-counter kinds— is that it can cause tooth sensitivity. Luckily, the sensitivity should subside, but until it does, you can help to combat it with a simple over-the-counter toothpaste for sensitive teeth like Sensodyne.

It Works

The best news about getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist like Dr. Steven Holbrook is that it works on most patients with surface stains on their teeth! In fact, after your first visit, you will notice a visibly whiter smile that you can show off right away!

Ready to whiten your smile? Schedule your teeth whitening consultation online or call our office at (505) 881-1159.

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The Truth Behind Charcoal Toothpaste

The Truth Behind Charcoal Toothpaste | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NMIt seems like all across Facebook and Instagram, people are claiming that charcoal toothpaste is giving them the whitest teeth of their lives. Although charcoal is naturally occurring with some unique health benefits (especially for your skin), there may be some oral concerns.

Charcoal Toothpaste Risks

  • Yellowing: Your initial instinct to avoid rubbing anything black across your teeth, has some scientific standing. According to a recent article published in the Journal of The American Dental Association, some charcoal toothpaste may do the opposite effect of whitening and may yellow your teeth.
  • Toxicity: Another thing to consider when using a product that contains charcoal— especially orally— is the toxicity of it. Although charcoal can have some health benefits, it’s important to find out where it was derived from.
  • Enamel: One of the main benefits that charcoal toothpaste claim to have is the ability to scrub your teeth of stains because they contain abrasives. However, although charcoal is a naturally abrasive substance, there is a concern that it’s too abrasive. It may actually erode away your enamel. Remember that your teeth are delicate and that although brushing them is a great way to get rid of surface stains, too much abrasiveness can cause permanent damage.

Professional Teeth Whitening

  • Consider Professional Whitening: Let’s Face it, it’s better to be safe than sorry. This is especially when it comes to your oral care. We encourage our patients to give professional tooth whitening from DR. Steven Holbrook a try because we know that we can give most patients real results almost every time. However, if you are interested in trying an over-the-counter whitening remedy, skip the charcoal toothpaste altogether. Invest in a toothpaste or dental product that has The American Dental Association’s stamp of approval on it.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about tooth whitening or to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office, please call (505) 881-1159

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