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By Forte Family Dentistry
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening has become a very popular cosmetic dental service. Why? It's because people see the value in a bright, attractive smile. It Teeth Whitening Smilehelps both interpersonal and professional relationships, and who wouldn't feel good about a beautiful, bright set of teeth? At Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, Dr. Julie Forte offers at-home and in-office teeth whitening services to help adults of all ages reach their smile goals.

FAQs about Teeth Whitening

What is teeth whitening? It's the process of applying hydrogen peroxide gel to tooth surfaces stained by tobacco, coffee, sports drinks, and more. Poor oral hygiene habits contribute to dull, yellowed teeth, but teeth whitening treatments improve tooth color by as much as 8 shades.

Will this chemical ruin my tooth enamel or gums? As opposed to shopping mall whitening services or drugstore products, professional teeth whitening is very safe. Your Berkley, MI, dentist will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums before advising teeth whitening or any cosmetic dental service. Also, Dr. Forte will place a protective dam in your mouth to keep the gel from spilling on your gums or lips. The trays you use at home are customized to fit your teeth perfectly, so the gel does not spill onto your soft oral tissues. You may, however, notice a bit of tooth sensitivity after the treatment, but this will resolve quickly.

How long does the treatment take? If you choose in-office whitening, expect to spend one to two hours at Forte Family Dentistry. If you whiten at home, the process takes about a week of daily applications.

Do the results last? Most teeth whitening treatments produce dramatic results which last for months--even years. The key to keeping your smile white is good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings at Forte Family Dentistry, maintains that sparkling, bright finish. Also, you should avoid tobacco and reduce the amount of coffee, tea, and other dark foods and beverages you consume.

Find out more

Of course, you have more questions. So, why not arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry. We love helping our patients make informed decisions about their oral health and smile appearance. Call our Berkley, MI, office at (248) 546-2030 today!

By Forte Family Dentistry
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

A teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Berkley, MI, can rejuvenate your smile

When you smile into the mirror, do you like the smile you see? Is it bright, white, and dazzling? Quite often, our smiles can become dull and yellowed due to aging, coffee, tobacco use, and other factors. You can take back what years and habits have done to your smile. You Teeth Whiteningcan rejuvenate your smile! The answer is a professional teeth whitening treatment! Dr. Julie M. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, offers professional whitening that can give you the beautiful smile you deserve.

If you have a dull smile, you may have tried over-the-counter whitening products. Many people turn to these products to help whiten their teeth. What they don’t know is that some of these products contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents that can make your teeth sensitive. They also have fair to limited effectiveness, and the results you achieve don’t tend to last very long.

Professional teeth whitening is different. It’s far more effective than over-the-counter products. Just consider these important benefits:

  • Professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.
  • Professional teeth whitening can give you long-lasting results that can last up to 5 years.
  • Professional teeth whitening treatments are quick, taking only about an hour.
  • Professional teeth whitening products are rigorously tested for both safety and effectiveness and are approved by the American Dental Association.

A professional teeth whitening treatment begins with prescription-strength gel applied to your teeth. The whitening action of the gel is accelerated with a special ultraviolet light. After about an hour. The gel is removed and you have a dazzling white smile!

When you choose professional teeth whitening, you can achieve a brilliant, beautiful smile inexpensively compared to other cosmetic dental services. Rejuvenating your smile is easy. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Julie M. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI. Begin your journey to a brighter, whiter smile by calling today!

By Forte Family Dentistry
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Saying goodbye to your dental stains may seem like a far-fetched wish, especially if you have never considered professional teeth teeth whiteningwhitening treatments. However, with help from your dentist, you can have a smile you love in just a single dental appointment. Find out more about professional teeth whitening treatments with Dr. Julie Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening? 
Teeth whitening can benefit almost anyone. However, there are some people who do not make a good candidate for this procedure. Dentists recommend teeth whitening for those patients older than 18 who want to improve the appearance of their smile. Good candidates should have realistic expectations for their results. Patients should also have a healthy smile, free from teeth decay and gum disease and a good at-home oral care routine which can help prevent these issues in the future.

What can I expect during a teeth whitening procedure? 
Your dentist will first section the teeth off from the oral tissues using a dental dam. This prevents irritation from the whitening gel. Next, your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth and lets it sit for about an hour. Your only job during the treatment is to sit back and relax while the whitening gel does its work. Depending on the type of whitening process your dentist uses, a special light directed at the teeth may help the whitening process along.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI 
Teeth whitening is a fast and easy procedure which only lasts about an hour. A small portion of patients report some sensitivity after the treatment, but it usually clears up within a day or two. You will notice immediate results after your procedure. However, most teeth whitening patients come back every six months to a year for touchup appointments to maintain their bright white smiles.

For more information on teeth whitening and how it can benefit your smile, please contact Dr. Julie Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI. Call (248) 546-2030 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Forte today!

By Forte Family Dentistry
May 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

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One’s a singer who made her name playing New York clubs in the 1980’s before catapulting to international pop stardom; the other’s an actress from New Zealand who, in 1994, at the age of 11, became the second-youngest person ever to win an Academy Award. Both remain at the top of the A-list today. What other feature do Madonna and Anna Paquin have in common?

You guessed it — it’s their teeth. Both have a small but noticeable gap between their two front teeth, known as a diastema. This condition is relatively common, and it’s normally easy to treat — if that’s something you’d like to do. But wait a moment… In certain African countries, this kind of smile is considered a sign of fertility; in France, they call it “dents du bonheur” (lucky teeth); some other cultures consider the gap a predictor of future wealth. So if you’ve already made this look work for you, there’s no need to change it — even if you might need other cosmetic dental work.

The “perfectly imperfect” smile has become an increasingly popular option for people having veneers, cosmetic bonding, or even dental implants. Some trend-watchers have even noted a pushback against the ideal of a completely even, flawless, Hollywood-white smile. Does that create a problem at the dentist’s office?

Absolutely not! We call the process of figuring out how your teeth should look “smile design” — and it’s as much an art as a science. When we’re just beginning to design your smile, we look at a number of features — including the size, shape, color and alignment of your teeth, the position of your lips, the amount of gums exposed, and the relationship between your smile and your other facial features. We’re also listening carefully to you: what you like and don’t like about your smile, how you think it could be improved… and what should stay just the way it is.

Of course, before doing any cosmetic work, we will always perform a complete dental exam to detect any underlying condition and determine what treatments are best. Then, we will work with you to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Not sure exactly how it will look when it’s all done? Ask us for a preview — from computer-generated pictures to actual 3-D models, we can show you how your new smile will enhance your appearance.

So if your smile needs a little help to look its best — but you still want it to be uniquely yours — maybe now is the time to come in and see us. If you would like more information on smile design, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “The Impact of a Smile Makeover” and “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”