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Posts for: March, 2014

Everyone seems to want to brighten their smiles. We often get asked how effective is teeth whitening? Well, the answer is more how consistent are you with achieving and maintaining your whiter smile.

Whitening is a process that actually changes the tooth color. The extrinsic (surface) stains are removed to make your teeth lighter and give you a brighter smile. OPALESCENCE tooth whitening system is used in our office. It is a carbamide peroxide product that is very effective for our patients. 

During the whitening process, impressions are made of your upper and lower teeth so custom trays can be fabricated in our lab. Your specific tooth shade will be recorded so your actual results can be accurately measured. Next, your gum tissue is then isolated with a product that is light cured to create a hard coating to form a barrier for the professional strength BOOST. You can turn off the outside world and relax while our staff works to make your whitening session bring you great results.

After the first application in office, the product is removed and a second application applied. Most patients notice quite a difference just after the BOOST session. Patients continue their whitening process at home with the product chosen for them based on their habits, needs and sensitivity. It is best to remember, that teeth didn't become yellow, gray or stained overnight and maintaining your brighter smile is also a process. With consistent use of home product, your smile will continue to achieve a confident white smile.

How often should I bleach? How much do I use?, Will it make my teeth sensitive?......these are all questions that can be discussed at your appointment. Quite often, the frequency of bleaching at home depends on your habits. We tend to cause more stains on our teeth in the cooler months as some enjoy coffee and red wine. This may require that you step up your frequency of home maintenance. As far as how much to use, we will demonstrate at your appointment, but remember not to overfill trays. Not only does it irritate your gum tissue, but it wastes your product. Fill less than a BB sized amount at the teeth that show for your smile. A small percentage of patients do experience sensitivity from bleaching. It is recommended to use a sensitive paste like ProNamel or Sensodyne a few days before and after bleaching to help with this. 

As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have specific to your needs. Go ahead, share your smile....and brighten someone's day. 

ATLANTA magazine featured Dr. Wyman Martin as 2014 Atlanta Five Star Dentist. "Dentists hold a special position in society. They help us, heal us and comfort us. And the good ones are in demand." As an effort to help readers find a dentist they will love, " one who is skilled and who offers convenience. Someone who meets the needs of you and your family."                                                                                                                

ATLANTA magazine partnered with Five Star Professional to find outstanding dentists in the area. Five Star Professional sought evaluations and nominations from qualified peers (1600 dentists) and patients (15,000 subscribers/ patients) to identify highly regarded dentists in the Atlanta area. Dr. Martin was compared against 780 nominees, where the top 100 were selected and recognized in the February issue. After their research, the team stated that Dr. Martin received "very high marks" from both peers and patients.

Five Star's Research Criteria 

All winners must be:

  • Nominated by a qualifying peer or patient
  • Licensed with the applicable regulatory authority
  • Practicing as a dentist for a minimum of five year
  • In good standing upon regulatory and disciplinary history review
  • Accepting new patients
  • Each candidate is evaluated based on his or her:
  1. Number of active patients over a 12-month period
  2. One-year patient retention rate
  3. Three-year retention rate
  4. Education and professional achievements

Sofia Vergara when asked about her career stated, "I didnt' want to be an actress. I wanted to be a dentist, but you never know what life will bring you." Dr. Martin is no Sofia Vergara, but as far as knowing what life will bring you-- he consistently brings skill, compassion, and precision in providing the highest level of cosmetic, preventive and restorative treatments. He also challenges his staff to raise the bar in patient education and comfort, and to " treat patients like they are family."