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To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.
With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.
The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…
Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.
A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.
And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.
One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.
If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.
If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
If your teeth appear dull or discolored, you can rejuvenate them with professional teeth whitening! At Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD, Drs. Herbert and Harold Mendelson can make your teeth gleam like never before!
Types of Professional Teeth Whitening
There are two types of professional teeth whitening treatments: in-office and take-home. Your Owings Mills, MD, dentists can help you decide which type of professional teeth whitening is right for you.
In-office teeth whitening treatment is applied by dental professionals in the dentist’s office, and delivers the fastest results of any whitening treatment. In fact, it is possible to achieve a smile that is several shades whiter with just one in-office treatment. During these treatments, the mouth is gently held open using a retractor device, while additional measures are then taken to protect the gums and other sensitive areas. After these safety precautions have been applied, a whitening gel is evenly applied to the surface of the teeth. Within about one hour, the teeth will be several shades whiter.
Take-home teeth whitening kits are a convenient alternative to in-office treatments, and they still deliver professional level whitening results! For this variety, custom plastic mouth trays are created just for you based on a mold of your teeth. These trays are used to hold whitening gel and are worn over the top and bottom rows of teeth for about one hour at a time, a few times each week. Within a few weeks, your smile will be whiter and brighter.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening
In-office and take-home teeth whitening both have several advantages over other options, such as over-the-counter whitening strips and toothpastes. In-office and take-home whitening treatments utilize high quality, professional strength bleaching agent to whiten the teeth and remove stains. Over-the-counter products typically do not contain a professional strength bleaching agent and cannot achieve the same level of whitening results as professional treatments. Additionally, the results of professional whitening tend to last much longer.
You can quickly and easily rejuvenate your smile with teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. For help choosing between in-office and take-home whitening treatments, schedule an appointment with Drs. Herbert or Harold Mendelson, your Owings Mills, MD, dentists, by calling Mendelson Family Dentistry at (410) 356-4100.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.
There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.
First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.
In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.
A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.
Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.
In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”
Find out if this at-home method really has what it takes to get your smile brighter.
One day you are sifting through Pinterest and you come across a pin that talks about the wonders of baking soda for brightening your teeth. You wonder, “Could this really be all it takes to remove dental stains? Better yet, is it safe?” If you aren’t quite sure whether you should try baking soda or not, our Owing Mills, MD, dentists, Drs. Herbert and Harold Mendelson, are here to weigh in on whether this is a safe and effective option.
If you were to look at the ingredients on a lot of whitening toothpastes you may see baking soda. It’s true that baking soda is commonly used to surface stains from teeth, but if you also think about some of its other uses (e.g. cleaning the oven or a stained coffee pot) then you may quickly realize just how abrasive baking soda actually is.
So, just how effective will baking soda be for you? It will be difficult to tell; however, if you have severe, deep-set or older stains that you want to treat, then even making up a strong baking soda mixture to apply to your teeth won’t cut it. You’ll need something a little stronger than can penetrate through the hard layers of enamel to break up the stain-causing molecules.
If you want to remove some serious stains and get a whiter smile fast then the best option is to visit our Owings Mills cosmetic dentist for professional teeth whitening. Sure, it’s no inexpensive DIY remedy, but you’ll get immediate results and it’s completely safe to use on teeth. Which brings us to another point.
If you do decide that you just have to try baking soda out for yourself, a word of caution: If you continue to do this you may find that the abrasiveness of the baking soda, over time, could wear away and damage your teeth so always be careful and gentle with your teeth. Also, you’ll still need to be brushing with fluoride toothpaste even if you are using baking soda to clean and whiten your teeth because fluoride will actually keep teeth enamel strong and healthy.
We know that a lot of people want whiter smiles but can’t always afford in-office whitening. If this is the case, call Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD, to find out more about our at-home whitening system. We are dedicated to helping you safely achieve that more radiant smile.