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Tips for Safe Whitening

Teeth whitening

Have you noticed the enormous amount of teeth whitening products in the marketplace? There seems to be no end to the over the counter, mail order and professional teeth whitening options for people who want to brighten their smile. If you have dark or stained teeth, there are numerous options to help turn your lack luster smile from drab to fab. It is important however, to take precautions when whitening, so whether you’re whitening at home or having it done professionally, here are a few tips to consider for healthy and effective results.

Start by seeking advice and a professional teeth cleaning and checkup from your dentist. It’s always a good idea to have a thorough cleaning prior to whitening for the best results. Your dentist will check for any problem areas or cavities that are developing. It’s important to treat cavities before you whiten. Your dentist will also check the health of your gums. You should not whiten if you have inflamed or problematic gums.

If you are not looking to have professional whitening done from your dentists, your dentist can give the best advice for which over the counter products would work best for the results you desire. If you do decide to try at home whitening you should know what you are buying and how to administer the products. At home products vary in strength and concentrations of peroxide (usually carbamide peroxide). They can range from 10% to 20%, so target a product that is somewhere in the middle to test the tolerance level for your teeth and mouth. You should narrow your selection by choosing a product that is endorsed with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Stick to the directions of the whitening product carefully. It’s not a good idea to over-do whitening by leaving products on longer than recommended. Stay away from soda, sports drinks or other acidic or high staining drinks for several hours or the remainder of the day after whitening. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should wait to whiten just to be safe. Remember, dental work like porcelain or composite crowns, veneers and fillings won’t lighten. It is normal to experience mild, temporary tooth sensitivity. If you encounter lasting gum irritation or extreme sensitivity, you should discontinue whitening immediately. When your teeth reach a realistic shade, you can repeat bleaching sessions twice a year or less to maintain the results.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

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  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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