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October 2012

Thank you for allowing us to care for your teeth. We value your confidence in us and are glad you are a member of our patient family. Call us today at (336) 288-4499 if you have questions or if you’d like to schedule a time to meet.

One of the most cost-effective and safest ways to help you to brighten your smile is to have your teeth professionally whitened. Whiter teeth look younger and healthier! However, I’ve found that people have many questions about tooth whitening, and there are a lot of misconceptions out there. So, in this newsletter I’m going to try to dispel some of the myths and give you some accurate information about teeth whitening.

Whitening Myth #1:FALSE
Discolored teeth are just not clean enough.

Even after a complete professional cleaning, some teeth still look discolored. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, wine, or colas, your teeth may get stained. Tobacco use, certain medications (some antibiotics and high blood pressure medications), and excessive fluoride, as well as radiation and chemotherapy, all can cause tooth discoloration.

Whitening Myth #2:FALSE
Professional tooth whitening will ruin your enamel.

Professional tooth whitening products use a completely safe form of hydrogen peroxide, which bleaches your teeth without damaging the tooth surface. Unfortunately, there are some highly acidic over-the-counter products on the market that can harm tooth enamel if used improperly.

Whitening Myth #3:FALSE
Tooth whitening doesn’t last very long.

If you have your teeth whitened professionally, the effects can last as long as 5-7 years. Most people find that they want to have their teeth whitened every 2-3 years or touched up occasionally. This is especially true if you continue the habits that stained your teeth in the first place (smoking, drinking colored beverages, taking medications that affect enamel, etc.).

Whitening Myth #4:FALSE
If you have caps or crowns, you can’t have your teeth whitened.

You can have your teeth whitened, but the bleach won’t work on the caps, which are usually made of porcelain. If you have a few caps toward the back of your mouth, whitening may still be a good option for you, as it will whiten your most-visible teeth in the front. If your caps are in the front of your mouth and the caps themselves have gotten stained, your caps may need to be replaced with new ones.

Whitening Myth #5:SOMETIMES
Tooth whitening makes your teeth sensitive.

While some tooth whitening products do cause temporary tooth and gum sensitivity, the Zoom! Professional Whitening System we use in our office includes desensitizers to minimize sensitivity and shield your enamel.

Whitening Myth #6:SOMETIMES
Professional tooth whitening is a lot more expensive than at-home kits.

Safe, effective over the counter store whitening products use weaker bleaching agents than in-office whitening products do, so they take much more time to achieve the same effect. This can mean that there’s not a big cost difference between one set of professional whitening trays and the multiple drug store bleaching kits it takes to get the same effect. If you choose to use an over-the-counter whitening system, please ask us which ones are safe!

Whitening Myth #7:FALSE
Your teeth won’t be as white as celebrities’ teeth.

With the Zoom! Professional Whitening System, everyone can have whiter teeth in just one office visitation. However, HOW MUCH whiter your teeth will become depends on the starting condition of your teeth. Every person has different enamel, and each person has exposed his or her teeth to different staining substances. In addition, some people’s teeth whiten more rapidly than others’ do.

If you have any other questions about tooth whitening in general, or about the specific whitening options we offer at Dr. Scott Welch, DDS, please let us know.

$190 for Take Home Whitening Trays

Offer Expires 12/31/12. One offer per patient.

During our summer staff day at Badin Lake, we had a blast hanging out on the landing, taking boat rides, tubing, and just generally enjoying ourselves in the beautiful weather. It’s great to be associated with a group of people who not only work well together, but who are also great company away from the office!

We’re also glad to announce two brand-new members of our extended family:

• Teri’s new granddaughter, Tinslie Elizabeth,
who was born in May.

• Ryan’s new baby boy, Carter Finn, who was
born in June.

Congratulations to both happy families... babies bring such happiness!

A dentist is working on a female patient’s teeth. The dentist asks the patient if she’d mind screaming loudly. She does so, then asks why. “I’ve got to make a train in thirty minutes,” the dentist replies. “And my waiting area is packed.”

I look forward to seeing you and your family soon.

Scott A. Welch, D.D.S., P.A.
2016-D New Garden Road • Greensboro, NC 27410 • 336.288.4499
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.) • Friday – closed

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