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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.

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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.

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Is Tooth Whitening Making You Feel Sensitive? What You Need to Know

Is Tooth Whitening Making You Feel Sensitive? What You Need to Know | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NM Getting ready for the holidays is all about looking and feeling your best. As one of the best ways to make sure that you stick out in your family pictures and that you have good enough photos to post to Instagram is to get a brighter, whiter smile. However, with both in-office and over-the-counter whitening, sometimes patients experience sensitive, sore teeth. Here are a few things to know about tooth sensitivity.

It’s Not Permanent

The good news about tooth sensitivity caused by teeth whitening is that it’s not permanent. In fact, it should go away as soon as you stop using the whitening products. However, if you suffered from tooth sensitivity before you ever started whitening them, then it may be caused by something else altogether— but we should be able to treat it.

You Can Take a Break

If your tooth sensitivity is making things like eating a yummy bowl of holiday peppermint ice cream or drinking a cup of hot chocolate too painful to enjoy, consider taking a break from whitening. Sometimes by taking just a week or two off of whitening, you can find fast relief and then start it back up again.

Toothpaste May Help

If you just don’t want to take a break from tooth whitening or if you feel like the tooth sensitivity you are experiencing isn’t bad enough, then you may want to consider using toothpaste for sensitive teeth (like Sensodyne) in conjunction with your whitening.

Most sensitivity caused by tooth whitening is both preventable and treatable. If you are experiencing sensitivity after using either over-the-counter whitening strips or after coming in to get professional whitening, contact our office today.

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To learn more about dental whitening or to schedule a whitening consultation, call our Albuquerque office today at (505) 881-1159!

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How to Smile Brighter This Season

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMThe holidays are finally here! Whether you are traveling to spend time with family or if you are hosting the holidays at your home, there’s one thing that’s for certain: there is magic in the air. And with parties to attend and pictures to be taken, it’s important that you look and feel your best. If you have a smile that’s a little stained and is preventing you from feeling like your confident self, Dr. Steven Holbrook can whiten your teeth just in time for the holidays.

Whitening Trays

Different dentists have different methods used to whiten teeth. Here at Dr. Steven Holbrooks office, however, he likes to use customized whitening trays to give patients a whiter, more vibrant looking smile. During your initial appointment, Dr. Holbrook will take molds of your mouth to create the trays— unlike over-the-counter whitening trays; these customized ones are designed to fit around every contour of your mouth.

During your second appointment, Dr. Holbrook will make sure that your new trays fit your mouth and will make any tweaks or adjustments as necessary. Then, he will send you home with your new trays and a whitening gel to put in them. You can either wear them twice a day for 30 minutes at a time, or you can wear them while you sleep— whatever way you prefer. After about a couple of weeks, patients notice a visibly whiter smile— which gives you just enough time to get the smile of your dreams before all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

One thing that many patients aren’t aware of is that dental whitening can only be used on natural teeth and teeth that are stained— not teeth that are discolored due to things such as the use of tetracycline. During your initial appointment, Dr. Holbrook will determine whether or not he thinks whitening will be successful for you.

Don’t let a discolored smile ruin your holidays. Schedule your whitening consultation at our Albuquerque office today!

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Whiten Without Fear: 3 Myths Debunked

Whiten Without Fear: 3 Myths Debunked | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMIt can seem like that lurking behind every positive thing about teeth whitening on the internet, there are at least three bad things to follow. However, as one of the safest and easiest ways for you to transform your smile from drab to fab, teeth whitening is nothing for you to be wary of; for the most part. To help you feel more calm and confident about this cosmetic procedure, we have debunked three myths. Read on to learn more.

Myth #1: It Is Bad for Your Enamel

If you have thin or weak enamel, then we do not recommend prescription strength dental whitening. However, for the most part, it’s safe to say that dental whitening is not harmful to your enamel— especially when used in small doses. For instance, over-the-counter whitening strips or toothpaste only contain a small amount of hydrogen peroxide which shouldn’t harm your enamel. And, the kind of whitening products that Steven Holbrook uses— although effective —  can be used in smaller doses if you have already weak enamel.

Myth #2: It Doesn’t Really Work

As long as it is used to treat surface stains and not teeth that are permanently discolored due to things like tetracycline, dental whitening works. However, just like with most cosmetic procedures, dental whitening does require some upkeep in the form of whitening toothpaste and some occasional touch-ups.

Myth #3: It Isn’t Good for Your Health

If you like to know what you’re putting in and on your body, you are certainly not alone. In fact, now more than ever, patients are concerned with the ingredients that are in their food, toothpaste, beauty products, and household goods. One thing not to be concerned with though is whitening products. Approved by the FDA, as long as you aren’t swallowing high amounts of whitening products, they are perfectly safe.

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Having a white smile from Dr. Steven Holbrook can make you look like a completely new you. To learn more about dental whitening or to schedule a consultation appointment, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook today!

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Over-the-Counter Vs. In-Office Teeth Whitening

The age long debate between whether over-the-counter or in-office teeth whitening is better and more effective continues. Each with their own unique benefits, it’s important to understand these unique differences and the results you will get from each option before you decide on one. And although you won’t want to end up with a smile as white as Ross Geller from the hit 90’s sitcom FRIENDS, you are going to want to get a whiter smile than the one you began with. Read on to learn more about the differences between over-the-counter and in-office teeth whitening.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
If your teeth are naturally fairly white but you have started to notice them yellowing a bit due to things such as coffee or tea, then you should give over-the-counter teeth whitening products a try. With an array of different options to choose from, you can find whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, and whitening pens at virtually any pharmacy or grocery store. Containing small doses of hydrogen peroxide, these over-the-counter whitening products are only really good at removing surface level stains and won’t be able to help you remove deeper stains.

In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you have naturally yellow teeth or if your surface stains are much too deep for an over-the-counter whitening product to get rid of, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook. Dr. Steven Holbrook likes to use customized bleaching trays that you can use from the comfort of your own home in order to give you the best and whitest results possible. This whitening process is two-fold; during your first visit, you will be fitted for custom trays by getting molds done. Then, during your second visit, Dr. Steven Holbrook will ensure your molds fit and will equip you with the bleaching agent that you need to use at home. As an easy, safe, and effective way to whiten your teeth, this treatment is sure to deliver you with great results!

Whitening your teeth can completely transform the way you look and feel. If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Seven Holbrook, contact our office today!

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Show Me Those Pearly Whites!

oral health in Albuquerque NM | Dr. Steven HolbrookDid you know that scientists studying decay inside an ancient wisdom tooth recently discovered the earliest known evidence of dentistry, dating back to the Paleolithic era?

Looking through an electron microscope, the scientists noticed a pattern of chipping and scratches that researchers say were made using a tiny stone pick.

Our teeth are pretty amazing!

And…did you know:

  • The average adult has 28 to 32 teeth, depending on whether or not they have kept their “wisdom” teeth.
  • The hardest substance in the human body is tooth enamel.
  • Tooth decay is the most widespread disease of mankind…and the oldest.
  • •The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.
  • Most tooth loss in people over the age of 35 is from periodontal disease.
  • Most tooth loss in people under the age of 35 is from athletic trauma, fights or accidents.
  • A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die within 15 minutes. But if it’s held in the mouth or put in milk it will survive longer.
  • People with hyperdontia have extra or ‘super-numerary’ teeth. Most remain hidden below the gum line, but occasionally they erupt and crowd other teeth.
  • The ancient Summarians called tooth decay “tooth worms.”
  • If you don’t floss regularly, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
  • Sadly, 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
  • Happily, over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.
  • More than 300 types of bacteria combine to make dental plaque.
  • The average person brushes for a mere 45-70 seconds a day…the recommended amount is 2-3 minutes.
  • The first nylon bristled toothbrush with a plastic handle was invented in 1938.
  • The electric toothbrush first appeared in 1939.
  • Babies begin to develop their primary teeth just six weeks after conception.
  • About one in every 2000 babies is born with ‘natal teeth.’

And last, but not least…

  • The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is three feet wide…now that’s a lot of teeth!
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