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By Robert Wick, DDS
February 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Whitening  

Have you stopped smiling because your teeth are dull and stained? As the most popular cosmetic dentistry service available today, professional teeth whitening offers a simple way to boost your smile and improve your confidence. Available at the Hayward, CA, office of dentist Dr. Robert Wick, read on to learn what this treatment can do for you!

Whitening removes stains at their source

If your smile has become a little duller over the years, it's only natural to feel a little self-conscious. After all, our society values bright, white smiles. Fortunately, teeth whitening removes stains caused by foods, beverages, tobacco, and aging.

Stain-causing pigments seep into microscopic pores in your tooth enamel when you eat, drink, or smoke. As these pigments begin to build up, your teeth look dull and yellow. Teeth whitening treatment targets these pigments, bleaching away the stains. Hydrogen peroxide, a safe and natural chemical, is the active ingredient in the gel used by your cosmetic dentist. This chemical breaks apart and removes the pigments that dull your teeth, improving your smile.

Teeth whitening is convenient and quick

Professional whitening here at our Hayward dental office only takes about an hour to complete and can be accomplished in just one visit. Before your whitening session begins, however, your teeth will be cleaned to remove tartar and plaque. After all, without this crucial step, your teeth would look mottled after whitening.

Following this cleaning, retractors are used to protect your gums, roots, cheeks, and lips, and your dentist applies the whitening gel. While you wait for the gel to work its magic, you can relax, listen to music on your headphones, or catch up with the latest news on your phone. When the gel is removed, you may see a three-to-eight-shade difference in your teeth.

A take-home whitening kit will make it easy to touch up your whitening results occasionally or whiten at home if you prefer. Avoiding coffee, tea, cola, red wine, berries and other foods and beverages that cause stains can help you extend your whitening results.

Interested? Give us a call

Renew your smile with professional teeth whitening! Make a cosmetic dentistry appointment today by calling Dr. Robert Wick's Hayward, CA, office at (510) 782-1444.

By Robert Wick, DDS
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

How can you prolong the life of a failing tooth and improve its appearance? A dental crown from your family dentist, Dr. Robert Wick, could do both. At his Hayward office, Dr. Wick designs and places crowns crafted from lifelike and long-lasting porcelain, giving his patients complete and beautiful smiles and avoiding extractions.

The marvelous crown

A dental crown, or cap, covers and restores a tooth above the gum line. Supporting worn and weak enamel, remaking shape and size or replacing large fillings, this restoration preserves as much natural tooth structure as possible and facilitates clear speech, efficient biting, and chewing.

Also versatile, a crown restores a dental implant or a tooth treated by root canal therapy. Used in multiples depending on need, crowns support the opposing sides of a fixed bridge.

The treatment is simple

After examining and X-raying your tooth, Dr. Wick will remove the chipped or decayed portions, shaping the enamel to accept the crown. Also, he'll make oral impressions and instruct the dental lab on how to craft your crown. In between appointments, you may wear a temporary cap.

At your next appointment in his Hayward office, your family dentist will take off the temporary crown and cement the new one over your tooth. A few minor adjustments ensure good fit and bite, and you're done.

Advantages of modern dental crowns

1. Most of today's crowns are 100 percent porcelain which is tooth-colored, resilient and long-lasting. Your smile will look--and feel--perfectly natural. Crowned teeth look similar in size and shape to their natural, healthy neighbors.

2. Most porcelain crowns last up to 15 years, says

3. Crowns strengthen teeth which otherwise could wear down, chip or even fracture.

4. Your crown fits your smile, and no one else's. In other words, these restorations are fully customized to your needs and preferences.

5. They are easy to care for with daily brushing and flossing and semi-annually hygienic cleanings and exams with Dr. Wick.

6. You get to keep your tooth.

Whenever possible, tooth-sparing restorations, such as crowns, are preferable to tooth extraction and the resulting smile gaps and bone loss in the jaw.

Learn how crowns can help you

Is a tooth troubling you? Come see your family dentist in his Hayward, CA, office. Dr. Wick may be able to restore it with a beautiful porcelain crown. Call us for an appointment: (510) 782-1444.