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UV-Activated Teeth Whitening

Why get it: Who doesn’t want a mouth full of gleaming, pearly whites? Most whitening methods rely on hydrogen peroxide solutions, but some companies claim the hydrogen peroxide works better and faster when combined with UV lamps.

The problem: New research shows UV lamps don’t boost the bleaching process, and even worse, can be dangerous. In February 2009, research published in the online version of the Journal of Prosthodontics showed no difference between teeth whitened with a combination of hydrogen peroxide and light or heat lamps, and those whitened with the solution alone. A January 2009 study in the British journal Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences went further. Not only does light-activation not work, the article reported, but it also exposes users to startlingly high levels of cancer-causing UV radiation. One lamp the team tested gave a dose four times as high as what you’d get from sunbathing for a full afternoon in midsummer.

UV-Activated Teeth Whitening

Please see www.rapidbraces.com for more information on orthodotics at Cleveland Circle dental.

Class II bite “overbite,” or more correctly overjet, means the upper teeth are ahead of the lowers.

Class III bite “underbite” means the lower incisors bite in front of the upper incisors.

Deep bite means the uppers incisors close deeply over the lowers.

Cross bite means the lower teeth close outside the uppers.

Open bite means the upper incisors never overlap or even touch the lower incisors.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are place over discolored or poorly formed teeth to cover imperfections or fractured areas. If teeth are crowded we generally recommend short term orthodontics rather than porcelain veneers.

Root Planning

Root Planning goes deeper than a regular dental cleaning, underneath the gumline.

A few weeks after a deep cleaning, bleeding gums should resolve and feel healthier. If the gum pockets are deeper and do not resolve with a deep cleaning (or root planning), then periodontal gum surgery may be recommended. This enables gum repositioning lower on the teeth so food is not trapped underneath, and allows access to brush the roots.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Georgaklis is a pioneer in short-term 6-month adult cosmetic orthodontic treatment, a unique niche. Hundreds of dentists have come to our office since 1999 to watch and learn Dr. Georgaklis’ novel cosmetic dental techniques. Our office walls are covered with Dr. Georgaklis’ articles on this topic complete with close-up photos. Visit www.rapidbraces.comfor more information on this unique area of expertise.

Teeth Bleaching

Tooth Bleaching can be done in office (top photo) or at home (bottom photo). We usually recommend at home bleaching using custom trays because the process is more gradual causing less sensitivity. Deeper penetration of the bleach brings whiter and longer lasting results. Eventually as the teeth re-stain, home bleaching can be resumed at no cost. (Additional bleach is $15 per tube if needed). This is why we recommend at home bleaching instead of in office.

All Ceramic Dental Crowns

All Ceramic Dental Crowns are needed when teeth are extensively decayed or broken and a filling would not adequately support the remaining tooth structure. Our aim is the most natural looking, computer shaded crowns, using translucent materials that are indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Dental Implants

A titanium implant fixture is surgically placed onto the jawbone and then later restored with an abutment (post) and crown.

Dental Bridge

A fixed bridge involves reshaping teeth next to missing teeth and cementing a 1-piece porcelain bridge supported by neighboring teeth. Despite being connected, teeth should appear separate.

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Maria Georgaklis personifies excellence in managing both the behavioral as well as the technical aspects of taking care of the unique restorative and orthodontic needs of children. From a Latin culture that cherishes the humanity of youth, you will be glad you brought your child to Dr. Maria. See www.drmariag.com for more information.

All Ceramic Dental Crowns

All Ceramic Dental Crowns are needed when teeth are extensively decayed or broken and a filling would not adequately support the remaining tooth structure. Our aim is the most natural looking, computer shaded crowns, using translucent materials that are indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Root Canals

There are two common cases where teeth need root canals:

  1. If there is decay and bacteria enter the dental pulp, the pulp space must be cleaned out. Disinfecting and filling the nerve canal inside the root is called a root canal.
  2. At a later stage the nerve may die and become infected (an abscess) as it decomposes inside the tooth. Root canals usually take 1 – 2 visits and require restoration of the tooth with a post and sometimes a crown afterward as the teeth are often brittle. Sometimes a root canal can be done in one visit with the latest electronics, instruments, and materials.

Composite Dental Fillings

Composite dental fillings involve decay removal and placement of metal or tooth colored filling (porcelain or plastic). Tooth colored fillings should blend in and have a base placed below them to prevent sensitivity. They should last 10 years or more with good hygiene.

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