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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
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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
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

For many people, their smile is a source of frustration — and the solution seems unattainable. However, simple cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening can give your smile some oomph in as little as a single whitening session. Find out more about teeth whitening and how it can help your smile with Dr. Raymond Della Porta in Vero Beach, FL.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Not everyone is suitable for a teeth whitening procedure. Patients with visible porcelain dental restorations may consider other dental options — renewing their veneers, for example — rather than teeth whitening since the treatment cannot lighten the color of porcelain. Additionally, patients with teeth decay or gum disease cannot receive a whitening treatment until these issues are taken care of.

What can I expect during a teeth whitening procedure?
A consultation with your dentist prior to your treatment allows you to address any questions or concerns you may have about teeth whitening. Then, your dentist will begin your teeth whitening procedure:

  • Step 1: Section off the teeth from the oral tissues to prevent irritation
  • Step 2: Place the whitening solution directly onto the teeth
  • Step 3: Depending on the type of system, direct a special UV light at the teeth to help with the whitening process
  • Step 4: Leave the solution to sit on the teeth for about an hour
  • Step 5: Rinse the solution from the teeth

Teeth Whitening in Vero Beach, FL
Teeth whitening has no downtime and does not require a recovery period. There are minimal side effects after the treatment and patients can go back to their daily activities immediately after their appointment. Results are immediate and get more noticeable over the course of a few days after the treatment. Many teeth whitening patients see their dentist every six months for touch-up treatments.

For more information on teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact Dr. Raymond Della Porta in Vero Beach, FL. Call (772) 567-1025 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Della Porta today!

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.

Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.

Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.

Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.

Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.

You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.

If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”

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?

Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD


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