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By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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What does it take to win a gold medal in figure skating at the Winter Olympics? Years and years of practice…a great routine…and a fantastic smile. When Tara Lipinski won the women’s figure skating competition at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan, she became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event in Winter Olympics history—and the whole world saw her winning smile.

“I love to smile, and I think it’s important—especially when you’re on-air,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “I am that person who’s always smiling.”

Tara’s still skating, but these days you’re more likely to see her smile on TV: as a commentator for the 2018 Winter Olympics, for example. And like many other athletes and celebrities in the public eye—and countless regular folks too—Tara felt that, at a certain point, her smile needed a little brightening to look its best.

“A few years ago, I decided to have teeth whitening. I just thought, why not have a brighter smile? I went in-office and it was totally easy,” she said.

In-office teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. In just one visit, it’s possible to lighten teeth by up to ten shades, for a difference you can see right away. Here in our office, we can safely apply concentrated bleaching solutions for quick results. These solutions aren’t appropriate for home use. Before your teeth are whitened, we will perform a complete examination to make sure underlying dental problems aren’t dimming your smile.

It’s also possible to do teeth whitening at home—it just takes a bit longer. We can provide custom-made trays that fit over your teeth, and give you whitening solutions that are safe to use at home. The difference is that the same amount of whitening may take weeks instead of hours, but the results should also make you smile. Some people start with treatments in the dental office for a dramatic improvement, and then move to take-home trays to keep their smiles looking bright.

That’s exactly what Tara did after her in-office treatments. She said the at-home kits are “a good way to—every couple of months—get a little bit of a whiter smile.”

So if your smile isn’t as bright as you’d like, contact our office or schedule a consultation to find out more about teeth whitening.  You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A whiter smile can be yours even if you delve into your coffee cup every once in a while.teeth whitening

Nothing is better than that morning cup o’ Joe, right? Of course, your smile may not feel quite the same way about your morning routine; fortunately, our Salisbury, MD, dentist Dr. Kathleen Geipe has a simple and effective way to remove those stubborn and unsightly dental stains caused by foods and drinks: teeth whitening.

The good news is that most people can benefit from professional teeth whitening if they are looking to brighten their smiles. Before you get whitening treatment our Salisbury, MD, general dentist will need to check the health of your smile to make sure that the stains you have can be treated with teeth whitening and that teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry.

Once we determine that you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening there are two proper ways to get your teeth significantly whiter: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. The option you choose is a personal one and will depend on what you are looking to achieve through teeth whitening.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

If you want to get a smile that’s several shades whiter in just an hour then professional whitening is the only way to go about it. Yes, you will spend a little more than you would for at-home whitening but the results are well worth it. Whether you have an important job interview or your wedding is coming up, if you are looking for fast results then this is your best option. You’ll walk out of our office with teeth multiple shades whiter.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

If you are looking to get a whiter smile but you’re on a budget this doesn’t mean that you can’t get professional teeth whitening. Just take our whitening system home! The whitening gel that’s used is professional grade and much stronger than anything you’ll get in your drugstore whitening kits. Instead of sitting in our dentist’s chair you can whiten from the convenience of your own home. With continued daily use, you could get your smile several shades in a couple of weeks.

If you are ready to find out how teeth whitening can improve your smile’s radiance then it’s time you called our Salisbury, MD, dental office today and scheduled your no-risk consultation with Dr. Geipe. Let’s find out if whitening treatment is the best option for you.

By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
September 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
BeSuretoHaveaDentalExamBeforeWhiteningYourTeeth

You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
December 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
AnsweringYourQuestionsaboutYourUpcomingTeethWhitening

Whitening can transform the dullest teeth into a dazzling smile fit for a Hollywood star. But before you undergo a whitening procedure, you might have a few questions about it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.

How white can I go? In an office application we can adjust the solution and application time to control the level of shade (dark or light) from subtle to dazzlingly bright. The real question, though, is how much color change will look best for you? A good rule of thumb is to match the shade in the whites of your eyes.

Whitening will improve poor dental conditions…right? Not necessarily. Besides foods, beverages or poor hygiene, decay, abscesses or problems from root canal treatments can also cause discoloration. In some dental situations, whitening could make your smile less attractive. If, for example, you have exposed roots due to gum recession, those areas won't bleach like the enamel and could make their exposure stand out more. Better to try and repair these problems before whitening.

What effect will teeth whitening have on my dental work? None â??composite or ceramic materials won't lighten. The real concern is with creating a situation where whitened natural teeth don't match the color of dental work. Depending on the location of your veneers, crowns or other bridgework you could have a color mismatch that will look unattractive. We would therefore need to take your dental work into consideration and adjust the shading accordingly.

Will teeth whitening work on any stained teeth? That depends on the cause of the staining. If it's on the enamel, then external bleaching techniques should work. If, however, the discoloration comes from inside the tooth, then only a dental procedure that applies a bleaching agent inside the tooth can alleviate that kind of discoloration.

So after whitening, I'm good to go? Well, not permanently. Eventually the brightness will diminish or fade, usually in six months to two years. You can, of course, prolong the fade rate by not using tobacco, cutting back on staining beverages like red wine, tea and coffee, practicing daily oral hygiene and visiting us for regular office cleanings and other dental work. We can also touch up your existing whitening during your visits.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
May 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health

What you need to know about smoking and your smile

Does your smile look years older because of smoking? Do you have heavy yellow or brown stains on your teeth because of heavy smokingtobacco use? If so, you can reverse the effects smoking has on your smile, thanks to state-of-the-art dental procedures like teeth whitening treatments and porcelain veneers. Dr. Kathleen Geipe, your Salisbury, Maryland dentist, wants you to know all about smoking and your smile.

You can try over-the-counter whitening treatments, but many of these products only remove surface stains, providing minimal benefit. If you do notice results, chances are the difference won’t be dramatic enough, and the results might only last a few months.

Dr. Geipe offers professional teeth whitening for a more permanent solution. She can whiten your teeth up to eight shades whiter, and the results can last up to five years!

You can choose from two different methods, each with great results. Consider:

  • An in-office whitening treatment, if you want dramatically whiter teeth in a minimal amount of time; the treatment takes about an hour, and is the perfect solution for busy people.
  • A take-home whitening kit, if you want to whiten your teeth privately in the comfort of your home; take-home kits allow you to whiten whenever you want and are the perfect solution for people who want convenience.

If your teeth are badly stained and you want a permanent solution, you should consider porcelain veneers. They can last for many years if properly cared for. They look totally natural because they are made of beautiful, translucent porcelain. They are also stain resistant, thanks to the high-tech materials used.

Call your Salisbury dentist today

Whether you want quick results with a teeth whitening treatment or you want permanent results with porcelain veneers, you deserve the best. Call Dr. Kathleen Geipe in Salisbury, Maryland. She is a member of the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international dental honor society, and she is also a member of the International College of Dentists. Call today and reverse the effects smoking has on your smile!