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By Forte Family Dentistry
April 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth whitening with your dentist could give you lasting results and a confidence boost. Your Berkley, MI, dentist at Forte Family Dentistry, Dr. Julie Forte, can help you with all you need to know about professional teeth whitening.

First Dental Appointment

This appointment will usually involve an assessment of the stains on your teeth. Stains on your teeth from food and drinks are typically good candidates for the teeth whitening process. However, filled teeth and some stains underneath your teeth surface such as antibiotics-caused stains might complicate the teeth whitening process.

Teeth Whitening Process

If your Berkley, MI, dentist, Dr. Julie Forte, decides that you're a good candidate for teeth whitening, you can proceed with the procedure. Your dentist will retract your lips with a reactor device and cover your gums with protective material.

She will proceed to apply the teeth whitening agent to your teeth. The bleaching process might take about an hour. The active ingredient in the teeth whitening gel your dentist uses is hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide penetrates your teeth to break down and eliminate complex compounds causing your teeth stains.

The professional teeth bleaching solutions that dentists use contain higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than store-bought teeth bleaching solutions that you can use at home. Home teeth whitening options include whitening toothpaste, gels, strips, and lights.

If you're whitening your teeth at home, you might need multiple sessions before you observe significant changes in your teeth. On the other hand, the results of professional teeth whitening are immediate and you can see your brightened smile immediately after your procedure.

After your teeth whitening session with Dr. Julie Forte, she might send you home with a home teeth whitening kit to help you maintain your results. Your teeth whitening results can last up to three years but you can get the most out of them if you don't smoke and avoid food and drinks that might stain your teeth.

Start the journey to getting the brilliant smile you desire. Call (248) 546-2030 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry, in Berkley, MI, to discuss your teeth whitening options.

By Forte Family Dentistry
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisible Braces  

Here’s what you should know about getting Invisalign treatment.

Most people have teeth that are slightly out-of-place or crooked. This is a fairly common problem. Of course, if you are looking to correct these problems our Berkley, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte offers a subtle and nearly invisible set of braces that can fix your smile and help you feel more confident. Invisalign offers the same results as traditional braces, but you never have to sport metal on your teeth. Instead, Invisalign uses custom-fitted plastic aligners.

Here are the top three benefits of getting invisible braces from our Berkley, MI, dental team,

You can’t see them

There is a reason people call them invisible braces. That’s because you can’t really see the clear, plastic aligners when you put them on. This makes it easier for our older teen and adult patients to feel more confident when wearing their Invisalign aligners, even when speaking to others. Knowing that others won’t immediately notice your treatment can be a major source of comfort.

You can eat what you want

If you’ve been considering other orthodontic options then you probably know that certain types of braces require you to avoid certain foods, but not with Invisalign. All you have to do is simply remove your aligners prior to eating, brushing, flossing and even drinking (unless you’re drinking water) and then brush your teeth thoroughly afterward before putting your aligners back on.

It’s a very comfortable treatment

Compared to other orthodontic options, Invisalign is a winner because it is designed with your comfort in mind. Each aligner is custom-fitted to your mouth, which means that they fit perfectly over your upper and/or lower teeth. While the aligners will fit snug around your teeth they shouldn’t be too tight or uncomfortable. Plus, the aligners are smoothed at the edges to prevent sore gums and irritation.

Are you considering turning to our Berkley, MI, dentists for nearly invisible braces? If you want to boost your confidence with a straight smile, then it may be time to talk to us about Invisalign. Call Forte Family Dentistry today at (248) 546-2030 to schedule a consultation.

By Forte Family Dentistry
December 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

How crowns and bridges from your dentist in Berkley, Michigan can rebuild your smile.

If your smile is incomplete because of damaged or missing teeth, you need to discover what dental crowns and bridges can do for your smile. Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, Michigan offers comprehensive dental care, including crowns and bridges to rebuild your smile.

An attractive smile is an important part of who you are. If you are living with a less-than-perfect smile, dental crowns and bridges can help enhance your smile, your appearance, and your self-esteem.

A dental crown can repair a damaged and even badly broken tooth by covering the entire visible surface of your tooth, above the gumline. The overall protection keeps your tooth from breaking because the biting stress is spread evenly across your entire tooth.

Dental crowns can also enhance the beauty of your smile. A common crown material is porcelain, which is light-reflective and looks just like tooth enamel.

For back teeth, you may want a little more strength for chewing. You can choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, known as a PFM crown. These crowns combine the beauty of porcelain with the strength of a metal underlay.

When you are missing teeth, a dental bridge can replace your teeth and restore your full chewing ability. Dental bridges consist of prosthetic teeth, known as pontics, which are suspended over the space where you are missing teeth. The bridge is held in place by cementing it to the adjacent teeth, which are crowned to provide support for the bridge.

Dental bridges are made of realistic materials that can enhance the appearance of your smile. When a bridge is cemented in place, it becomes a permanent part of your smile which you never have to remove.

Dental crowns and bridges can restore and rebuild your smile. To find out more about the advantages of crowns and bridges, call Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, Michigan at (248) 546-2030. Call today.

By Forte Family Dentistry
July 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening   DIY  

One of the fastest and easiest ways you can get a new look is by getting professional teeth whitening. If you’ve already decided to whiten, you may be confused by the number of options and may not know which one is the best for you. You can benefit from professional teeth whitening services by Dr. Julie Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI.

Professional VS At-home Teeth Berkley

Professional teeth whitening and DIY whitening kits offer their advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of each.

DIY Whitening Kits

Over-the-counter whitening kits such as whitening strips and whitening toothpaste offer convenient options at a much lower price than professional whitening. They are also convenient because you can use them in your own time. However, many teeth whitening Berkley dental patients use them incorrectly because it’s difficult to avoid the bleaching solution making contact with the gum line. This is a problem because it can cause gum recession and sensitivity. Many dental professionals recommend only using this type of kit in an emergency.

Professional Whitening Treatments

Although in-office whitening treatments are more expensive than over-the-counter kits, they can turn out to be more economical in the long run because of their effects. Professional teeth whitening Berkley uses a stronger bleach solution, which means it can get your teeth several shades whiter than DIY kits (up to seven shades) and the results can last longer. Professional whitening agents are regulated and can only be used by qualified dental professionals.

Some dentists also provide at-home whitening kits that are easier and safer to use than over-the-counter kits. These are comprised of a tray that is customized to the shape of your mouth so that the bleaching agent is applied precisely.

If you a Berkley MI resident and you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Forte for teeth whitening, you can reach Forte Family Dentistry at (248) 546-2030.

By Forte Family Dentistry
May 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health

To stay healthy at home during this lockdown, you may be fixing nutritious meals, going for walks, or following along with workout videos. Don't forget to include your teeth in your health routine! There are a variety of ways you can update your dental hygiene practices at home to make sure you're getting the most out of your brushing and flossing. Below, your dentist in Berkley, MI, Dr. Julie Forte, offers at-home dental cleaning guidelines for the whole family.

Tips for adults

Brushing your teeth is something you've been doing for many decades, and it's probably become so ingrained that you don't think much about it anymore. However, take some time to evaluate how you're brushing to see if you need to make any changes. Are you brushing for two minutes twice a day? Do you replace your toothbrush every three to four months? Are you using a non-abrasive toothpaste? When it comes to flossing, try ordering the plastic flossing picks to replace the traditional spool of floss. To stay on track with flossing, try updating your calendar for every day that you do floss. After about 10 to 12 days, you should be well on your way to keeping this habit!

Tips for kids

Children aren't known for being diligent about cleaning their teeth, and during this time where normal routines are disrupted, they might be even more inattentive to brushing and flossing. You can boost their interest in brushing by ordering new toothbrushes featuring their favorite color or cartoon character. A fun-flavored toothpaste can also be helpful. You may try downloading an app to your phone that times their brushing and encourages them to keep going; there are several of these apps available. To promote children's flossing, your Berkley dentist suggests similar methods as mentioned above.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to see patients for non-emergency appointments at this time, but for questions or dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkeley, MI at (248) 546-2030.





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