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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
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Vero Beach, FL Dentist
Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you want those pearly white teeth?teeth whitening

It's understandable that discolored or yellowed teeth aren't attractive, let alone presentable on camera or during interviews. Here is some more information about teeth whitening in Vero Beach, FL.

What kind of teeth need teeth whitening?

Drinking coffee and tea is great, until your teeth are discolored. Here are a few things that lead to stained teeth:

  • Eating food that stain teeth like blueberries and blackberries
  • Indulging in sweets and sodas
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Certain types of medications

Stained, dull, or discolored teeth are also a result of the darker layer of your teeth, dentin, becoming exposed. This happens as a result of enamel withering away with time and age. Your teeth's enamel starts absorbing products you consume, staining your teeth.

How are teeth whitened?

  • You can go to your Vero Beach dentist's office and get in-office teeth whitening. Your doctor places special retractors in your mouth prevent your lips, cheeks and tongue from touching the whitening gel put on your teeth.
  • Take-home kits are also available. This method takes longer than in-office teeth whitening but is conveniently used at home on your own time.
  • Tooth-whitening toothpastes may also help remove some of the stains and make your teeth a few shades brighter.

Take into consideration that whitening agents used don't work on certain stains and teeth:

  • Brownish or grayish stains
  • Pitted or badly discolored teeth
  • Porcelain dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings

While there are many options to improve the shade of your teeth, going to your doctor is the safest and longest lasting; teeth whitening lasts up to five years. So consider which option may be best.

If you have any questions or concerns about teeth whitening, don't hesitate to ask For more information on from your Vero Beach, FL, dentist Dr. Raymond Della Porta today!

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
July 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if professional teeth whitening is the right option for you.

When you are dealing with stained or yellowing teeth, it can be difficult to feel confident in your smile. Fortunately, our very own Vero teeth whiteningBeach, FL cosmetic dentist, Dr. Raymond Della Porta, II, offers an amazing way to get brilliant results. Find out more about our chairside teeth whitening and whether you’re a good candidate for whitening.

While you may hesitate to use bleaching gel on your teeth you should know that professional teeth whitening in Vero Beach is completely safe. In fact, there have never been any serious or damaging problems ever linked to whitening products, when used properly. That’s why if you are feeling a bit nervous about using whitening gel, you may want to turn to us to give you the results you want without any harm coming to your smile.

So, now that I know it’s safe how do I know if I’m a good candidate for professional in-office teeth whitening?

Many of the people coming into our office wanting a whiter smile are great candidates for teeth whitening. If you are dealing with yellow stains caused by aging, smoking, foods and drinks, these stains will respond the best to our whitening treatment.

However, if you have internal stains caused by trauma, taking certain medications or too much fluoride use these stains won’t respond as well to most whitening systems, no matter how strong they are. This is because these stains are far too deep to be penetrated even by the toughest bleaching gels. Other cosmetic dentistry will be required in this case to cover these discolorations.

Teeth whitening is only effective on natural tooth surfaces, so any dental work like crowns or fillings won’t whiten with this treatment.

There are also other factors that will determine whether teeth whitening is right for you:

  • While whitening can be great for older teens and adults, children are not usually right for this cosmetic treatment.
  • If you are pregnant we highly recommend that you wait and get this whitening treatment after your pregnancy.
  • If you have very sensitive teeth or gums then you’ll want to tell us beforehand. Teeth whitening can cause temporary teeth sensitivity, which may be heightened in those who already suffer from sensitivity. This doesn’t mean that whitening won’t be the right choice, but talk to us first to see what you can do to prepare your sensitive teeth for whitening.
  • You will want to be dedicated to good oral hygiene and limit stain-producing foods and drinks that could restain teeth if you want to maintain your results.

If teeth whitening sounds like the cosmetic dentistry that you’ve been looking for in Vero Beach, then it’s time you called our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Della Porta. What are you waiting for?

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Tired of dull, yellowed tooth enamel? Many patients of Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta in Vero Beach, FL wish to brighten their tooth color teeth whiteningsafely and quickly. As such, Dr. Della Porta offers professional teeth whitening--specifically in-office Zoom! and take-home Nite White--as part of his extensive menu of cosmetic dental services.

Dr. Della Porta and his staff have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding teeth whitening so patients can make informed decisions about aesthetic dental goals.

FAQs about Teeth Whitening

How do teeth become discolored? Teeth stain because of smoking, dark-colored foods and beverages (such as blueberries and coffee). Some prescription drugs and the aging process also cause enamel to thin and to yellow. Most commonly, food particles attach to the mineral matrix we call tooth enamel. This organic matter creates stains, and often brushing and flossing cannot remove them.

What is the active ingredient in teeth whitening gels? Your Vero Beach dentist uses professional-grade whitening gels with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the active bleaching ingredients. The peroxide lifts out organic material trapped in tooth enamel, allowing the natural, brighter color to show. While many over the counter whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, they are not concentrated enough to yield lasting results.

Who can get teeth whitening?

Many adults and older teens get their teeth whitened professionally. Dr. Della Porta performs a careful oral exam before recommending Vero Beach teeth whitening or any cosmetic dental service. Ideal candidates are free from decay, gum disease, and extensive restorations, such as fillings.

Can I do teeth whitening at home?

Yes, you can whiten your teeth at home. Dr. Della Porta offers in-office Zoom! teeth whitening for brighter teeth in about an hour. But he also has an at-home option: Nite White whitening. Just like Zoom! whitening, Nite White uses peroxide gel, but it is less concentrated and more gradual than the Zoom! bleaching agent.

At home, the patient applies the gel daily using custom-made trays that fit snugly over the teeth. By wearing the trays for the prescribed time daily, they can achieve color change of up to 10 shades brighter in a week or two.

Are there side effects?

Some individuals experience teeth sensitivity that quickly resolves. However, because the whitening process is supervised by Dr. Della Porta and his team, this side effect is very mild.

How long will whitening last?

With good oral hygiene and professional cleanings every 6 months with Dr. Della Porta, a whitened smile stays bright indefinitely. Occasional at-home touch-ups help, as do:

  • quitting smoking
  • brushing twice a day and flossing daily as advised by the American Dental Association
  • limiting staining foods and beverages in your diet

Find Out More

That white, youthful smile could be yours. Consult the expertise of Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta II, DMD. A masters level graduate of Aesthetic Advantage for Aesthetic Dentistry and Porcelain Veneers, Dr. Della Porta will guide you toward your best oral health and cosmetic goals. Call (772) 567-1025 for a personal consultation in Vero Beach, FL.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Many of Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta, II's patients want to know the difference between using over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions and having your teeth whitened at the dentist's office. If you're interested in having a brighter, more attractive smile, take a moment to Teeth Whiteninglearn more about the various options available to you.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Solutions
Some patients who want whiter teeth choose to use non-prescription whitening products that you can find at a pharmacy or supermarket. Over the counter whitening products include toothpastes, strips and dental trays with gels. Though these whitening solutions are cheap and allow you the freedom to whiten at home, they are often ineffective and require many applications before you see any difference in the way your teeth look. According to the ADA, these OTC products are commonly made with less than 10 percent hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (a whitening agent).

In-Office Whitening Benefits 
Dr. Raymond A Della Porta offers in-office whitening at his Vero Beach dentist office. It is the preferred method for getting a whiter smile because it is quick, effective and safe. When you have your teeth whitened by your dentist, it can be completed in about an hour. The high powered bleaching gel (commonly made of 25 to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide) can improve the color of your teeth up to eight shades.

Another Solution to Consider
There is another solution available that makes it possible to get in-office whitening results at home. Your dentist can prescribe a take-home whitening kit. You will receive a whitening tray and bleaching gel for your teeth. The whitening process takes between two to four weeks, and is very effective as long as you follow the directions carefully.

Schedule a Whitening Appointment Today
If you opt for an in-office teeth whitening session or a take-home whitening kit, you must visit your dentist. Call the Vero Beach office of Dr. Raymond A Della Porta today at (772) 567-1025 to schedule a consultation.

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