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By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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There are many over-the-counter products on the market that claim to have the capability of whitening your teeth. However, it’s important to know exactly what kind of products you are using. Without the guidance of a trained professional, many people put themselves at risk with these products.

There is an abundance of people who have had poor experiences with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. Some of those kits contain gels that are made just for the teeth and can damage gums. Casual users are often unaware of this fact and can experience issues with their gums. Over-the counter mouth trays are also not custom made to fit your teeth.

Professional dentists can design a tray to match up precisely with your teeth since they are made from an actual mold taken of your mouth. These trays allow the gel to stay right on your teeth where they belong.

Stains can accumulate on teeth as products such as coffee; berries and wine can take their toll. These stains often require stronger whitening gels and substances, which are not available at your local pharmacy. Dentists can offer more powerful gels that are capable of removing even the most stubborn stains. Those gels also have the right amount of hydrogen peroxide and will not damage teeth by eroding the enamel or causing discoloration in the future.

Having a professional administer your teeth whitening procedure takes out all the guesswork. There is no trial and error. Professional supervision also makes for a safer and more productive experience. There is an exact isolation of the teeth which works to protect periodontal tissue from being damaged.

It is also recommended that teeth and gums are healthy before beginning the whitening process. A professional dentist can complete any restorative work as a prelude to starting teeth whitening service.

There are not a great deal of items you can buy to truly enhance your confidence. However, being able to show off a bright smile can do wonders for boosting confidence levels. Your smile is something that never leaves you, so an investment in your smile is an investment in you.

When you decide on the option of teeth whitening, Bellevue has the right place for you. Fine Dental Arts can provide you with the smile you have always wanted. Residents of the Redmond and Kirkland communities can also take advantage of our affordable teeth whitening service in Bellevue.

By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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Root canal is often thought of as one of the most painful and unpleasant experiences anyone can endure. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many common misconceptions people have developed  about root canal.

First and foremost, root canals are not a source of pain. When you are in need of a root canal, you are usually already in pain. That pain is nothing that you will feel during your actual root canal. The entire area is numbed before the dentist begins any work, so you will not feel a thing. Remember that the pain of your root canal comes from an untreated infection and not the actual procedure itself. It is a way of saving your tooth.

There also no health risks associated with root canal. Undergoing this type of procedure will not lead to heart disease, kidney disease or any other issues in the future. The tooth is completely disinfected, leaving behind nothing that could cause other health complications. The tooth is also not deadened even though the crown is used to finish off the procedure.

Many people fail to realize that a tooth treated with root canal can be retreated years later. This process is referred to as a retreatment, which is a re-cleaning of the root.

Another myth that surrounds root canals involves tooth extraction. A common misconception is that pulling a tooth would be a better alternative. This may be a quicker procedure, but it will leave you with a sizeable space somewhere in your mouth. Not only is that unsightly, but it could lead to problems with chewing or talking. Most people who believe this myth believe the myth that root canals are painful.

Root canals do not have to be a costly expense. It is less expensive than pulling a tooth and replacing it with a dental implant or dental bridge. Costs of root canal can fluctuate.

Pregnant women can also benefit from root canal without having to worry about any side effects. Since the infection is what calls for the need of a root canal, it is healthier for an unborn baby. Root canal kills the infection.

If you are looking for a root canal Bellevue dentist, Fine Dental Arts has a solution for you. We can show you how painless and simple this procedure can be. Root canal in Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue can be done with comfort and ease with affordable pricing at Fine Dental Arts.

By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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Cosmetic dentistry has evolved to such heights that it can completely transform a smile by straightening your teeth. Before that can be achieved, there comes the decision of how exactly to attain that winning smile. The use of Invisalign and porcelain veneers can both achieve the same outcome.

Porcelain veneers work a bit differently in that they do not move your teeth but rather reshape your teeth. A dentist will remove pieces of your teeth and then outfit you with a straight line of teeth, which is the actual veneer.

Invisalign works more like braces although its aligners are clear and plastic as opposed to being silver and metal. The process begins by wearing one aligner for a couple of weeks, gradually moving your teeth, and as they start to move, you move on to a different aligner. The process then continues.

The good thing about the Invisalign is that all of your natural tooth material is preserved. Those with an improperly aligned bite may be  better off choosing Invisalign, which works to correct this problem. Porcelain veneers will not correct such a problem and, over time, an improper bite can damage veneers and call for the premature need of a replacement.

Porcelain veneers are more of an instant fix as there is no waiting period involved like there is with the Invisalign. It can take only a few weeks to have your teeth straightened and your smile perfected.

Porcelain veneers also add some bonuses that Invisalign does not offer. Teeth can be whitened with this method and problems with smaller sized teeth can also be corrected. Rotated teeth are another issue that can be cured with porcelain veneers.

There is also the option of using Invisalign with porcelain veneers. Patients may need to have just one tooth veneered after using Invisalign to straighten their teeth.

Cost is an obvious disparity between these two options as porcelain veneers carry a higher price tag than Invisalign. However, there is a bit of patience required with the use of Invisalign because it is not an immediate fix. It takes time. And if you can’t afford to wait, you will have to pay a little bit more for immediate results.

Whichever option is right for you; Fine Dental Arts can get you on your way to having perfectly straight teeth. Patients looking for porcelain veneers in Bellevue; Redmond and Kirkland are welcome to visit our office and finally get the winning smile they have always wanted.

By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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It is not uncommon for people to experience sensitivity in their teeth. In fact, about one of every three Americans experiences some type of pain or sensitivity in their teeth. The bad news is tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable, but the good news is that it is a solvable problem.

There are ways to free yourself of that uncomfortable feeling, more commonly known as dentinal hypersensitivity. There is a protective cover atop the dentin, which is tissue in your tooth. When that cover starts to erode, you start to feel a tingling sensation. Temperature sets off this sensation as does levels of pressure.

This can be caused by receding gums, which can be caused by a number of things. The first and most obvious cause is poor oral hygiene. The buildup of plaque can make for some very sensitive teeth. Plaque deteriorates enamel that protects your dentin. Without that protection, you will experience more and more sensitivity in your teeth. A cure to that is just to follow the appropriate steps to good oral hygiene.

Nonetheless, the more conscientious person can also fall victim to dentinal hypersensitivity. Brushing your teeth too aggressively can be a cause. If that is the case, the remedy is rather simple. Switch to a softer brush and ease up on the force you use when brushing.

People who grind their teeth can also expose their dentin by wearing down the enamel on their teeth. The way to combat this issue is to obtain a mouth guard from your dentist. Mouth guards can be custom made to fit your teeth exactly.

Some toothpaste includes teeth whitening ingredients, which can be damaging to your teeth. Some people are just more sensitive to those ingredients, which naturally makes their teeth more sensitive. A simple solution would just be to switch brands of toothpaste.

Too much mouthwash can have the same effect. There are lots of chemicals and alcohol in mouthwash, and too much of those ingredients could make for an all-out assault on your enamel. If that is the case, try easing up on the mouthwash or going with a neutral fluoride rinse.

When searching for a general dentist Bellevue residents can trust, look to the experienced team at Fine Dental Arts. We will find a solution that works for you and show you the way to maintaining proper oral hygiene. We also provide general dentistry service to residents of the Redmond and Kirkland communities.

By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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There is an abundance of family dentists throughout the country, although there are plenty of differences between them. Choosing the right family dentist is key to your health and the health of your family. Here are some helpful hints to consider when choosing a family dentist in your area.

Cleanliness should be a primary concern. This applies to more than just a waiting area, but also applies to the examination rooms. If neither is clean, run for the door. Also, be sure to check out their equipment and see what kind of condition it is in. Any dirty or unsanitary equipment could lead to infections.

The education level of a quality dentist should always be ongoing. There is more to just receiving a degree and certification in order to practice dentistry. Innovations, techniques, and equipment routinely arise in the dental industry. Failing to keep pace with those trends shows that a dentist is not looking out for the patient’s best interests. Be sure to ask about the dentist’s most recent qualifications or certifications and it will tell you a lot.

Technology also plays a part in maintaining a steady pace with innovation. Dentists should always be upgrading their technology to give patients the best up-to-date treatment on the market. Whether its teeth whitening procedures or  some other cosmetic upgrade, patients deserve the best technology the industry has to offer.

Reputation and reliability are prerequisites when it comes to any business. The same applies to family dentists. Spend some time on the web checking out online reviews of the family dentists you are considering. It doesn’t hurt to have the input from real people who have been in those dental offices before.

Payment options are another important area to consider. That means finding out what insurance policies or discount plans certain dental offices will honor. It’s not recommended to cut corners when it comes to the health of your teeth. But it is also important to know what will be expected of you from a financial standpoint.

If you are searching for the best family dentist Bellevue has to offer, look no further than Fine Dental Arts. Our facilities are equipped with everything a patient could hope for. A Bellevue family dentist will give you the attention you need with the proper time, dedication and care you deserve. Our services are also available to residents of the Redmond and Kirkland communities.

 





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