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Make Your Holiday Season Merry & Bright

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI—We can’t believe how fast 2012 flew by, but it’s already that time of year again when your calendar is packed with shopping, dinner parties, office gatherings and family events.

“The social events of the holiday season can get people thinking about their appearance, especially their smile,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, who is a Springfield MO dentist at Barnett-Davis Dental Group. “Patients tend to be more interested in teeth whitening services this time of year.”

Types Of Whitening

Stained teeth can be lightened by as many as 10 shades in just one hour-long office visit. We offer several types of bleaching systems, including custom tray bleaching, in-office laser bleaching and the most specialized in-office KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System.

• One whitening method that can be done easily at home is whitening with custom-made bleaching trays that slip onto upper and lower teeth. Patients put the prescription whitening agent into their custom made tray, put the tray over their teeth and then lightly press it into place. We recommend wearing the bleaching trays every day or evening for the prescribed length of time, typically one hour, and within two weeks patients will see noticeably lighter teeth.

Springfield laser teeth whitening treatment provides same-day results. We use a powerful prescription bleaching solution in combination with an FDA-approved dental laser to get teeth up to 10 shades lighter.

• The KöR system is ideal for patients with special whitening needs like patients with tooth sensitivity, tetracycline discoloration or dark, stubborn staining. After an office visit to make molds for customized mouth trays, we then do an office conditioning visit to prepare the teeth for bleaching. We give patients a two-week supply of prescription bleach to use in their custom trays at home. After two weeks of overnight bleaching at home, a chairside in-office power bleaching session completes the whitening process.

You can keep your smile lustrous and bright after the whitening procedure with good dental hygiene, regular dental appointments and periodic touch-ups.

“Be mindful of what you’re eating and drinking, too,” says Dr. Kelly Barnett, who is a Nixa teeth whitening expert. “Certain types of foods and drinks can stain your smile, such as coffee, tea, dark colored soft drinks, berries, red wine and any food with artificial coloring.”

Sometimes patients want to get their teeth whitened, but they feel like they can’t justify the expense. Instead of thinking of whitening as only a cosmetic procedure, they should look at smile whitening in a different context: a boost to self-confidence and improvement in quality of life.

“When people are so self-conscious about their teeth that they’re afraid to smile in public or unhappy every time they look in the mirror, a yellow smile can be devastating,” says Dr. Nick Matthews, a Springfield MO dentures provider. “Most patients are so happy with their whitening results and feel so much more self-confident when they smile.”

Our office offers many flexible payment options, including pre-payment accounting courtesies, credit cards and interest-free financing through our healthcare financial partners. (http://www.exceldentalozarks.com/payment-options/) Our office is also having a fun contest right now called Grin2Win. You can submit a picture to our Grin2Win contest through our website or Facebook page for a chance to win a free teeth whitening procedure. (http://www.exceldentalozarks.com/) Entries are accepted from the first through the last day of each month. The winner is chosen and notified by email on the fifth day of the following month.

“You can also put teeth whitening on your holiday wish list,” says Dr. Marc Barnett, who does minimally invasive dental surgery to replace missing teeth. “We offer teeth bleaching gift certificates for you or someone you know who has wanted to get their teeth whitened.”

Call today to schedule a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for one of the whitening procedures we offer at our practice.