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Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered tooth whitening? Teeth whitening at Excellence In Dentistry is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Though some Excellence In Dentistry teeth whitening patients experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.

There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

DIY Whitening Products
First of all, strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, Dr. Kirk Johnson recommends first visiting your dentist for a teeth whitening consultation. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

Don’t assume that tooth whitening offered at Eagle River mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?

At Excellence In Dentistry, we are currently accepting new patients at our Anchorage office. My friendly team of skilled dental professionals would love to serve you with dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, or sedation dentistry. You can schedule an appointment by calling 907-349-0022. For your health, beauty and well-being.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022

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How To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In Palmer

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Ouch! No Eagle River dental patient wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth, so today in the Excellence In Dentistry dental blog we are going to focus on how to avoid this preventable problem.

The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science; you should steer clear of chewing on hard things if you don’t want a cracked tooth! This includes ice, hard candy, and (sorry Southern Alaska cinephiles) popcorn.

Also, protect against any impact to the mouth that could be experienced during sporting events. If you are a member of a local Wasilla or Palmer rec center basketball, ultimate frisbee, or flag football league, pick up a mouth guard at a Eagle River area sporting goods store.

Tooth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions. Talk to your dentist, doctor, or physical therapist and try some stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed.

Be sure to keep your regular check-ups with your Southern Alaska dentist because your dentist can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.

If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.

Hi. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Anchorage. I practice general and cosmetic dentistry. My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, offers the following services:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

If you are in the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area and are in need of dental care or have questions about teeth whitening or smile makeovers please give us a call at 907-349-0022.

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Less Is More In Dentistry

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There are significant new developments in Alaska dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials; improved techniques; more effective diagnostic methods; and more precise instruments. Combine these with the experience and expertise of Dr. Kirk Johnson and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

Less Pain
Improved painkillers, lasers, and revolutionary techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.

Less Inconvenience
Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly reduced the time required to complete dental treatment.

Less Time Needed To Heal
Laser dentistry helps alleviate recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, smile transformations, and other types of oral surgery.

Less Risk
The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.

Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure
Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

Excellence In Dentistry, an outstanding local practice, is located 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage. We are currently accepting new Eagle River area patients to our state-of-the-art facility. We offer advanced general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about teeth whitening, Invisalign invisible braces, dental implants and porcelain veneers. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 907-349-0022 to schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation.

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What Can Excellence In Dentistry Do For You, Anchorage?

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Hello, and welcome to the Eagle River dental health blog. My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson and I want to tell you about our Anchorage practice, Excellence In Dentistry. We work hard to keep our patients satisfied. Our most popular services are:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening
Sedation dentistry

We serve residents in the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska area from ages 20 to 70. Our caring staff is there to help you get the healthiest teeth possible.

Along with healthy teeth, many of our Wasilla and Palmer patients want to know more about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, and more!

A combination of cosmetic dental treatments can remedy every problem to achieve your dazzling smile!

If you live in the Eagle River area and would like to see what Excellence In Dentistry has to offer, give us a call at 907-349-0022. We are currently accepting new dental patients!

We are located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage, Alaska, and we have been serving the dental patients of the Palmer and Southern Alaska area since 1987. We can’t wait to make you our next satisfied patient.

Contact us today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/

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Is A Perfect Smile Possible, Anchorage?

Palmer Cosmetic Dentistry Are you considering a smile makeover in the Wasilla area? Are you skeptical of promises of a ‘perfect smile’ a ‘celebrity smile’ or ‘a dazzling, youthful smile?’ Let’s talk about the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers
The application of porcelain veneers at Excellence In Dentistry can remedy a multitude of aesthetic dental problems and is often a better cosmetic dental solution for candidates in the Wasilla area than dental bonding. Veneers can correct tooth chips, tooth cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While a veneer cannot fix a decayed tooth, it can turn an unsightly tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Tooth Bleaching
Tooth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some Palmer tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that desires a whiter smile. At Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. If you have all-natural teeth that are dull or stained, tooth whitening will brighten your smile. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth whitening may not improve your smile.

Call 907-349-0022 to schedule a tooth-whitening consultation.

Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you have a mouth full of metal fillings, you may be interested in tooth-colored fillings. To get an idea of how the inside of your mouth would look without metal, have someone without any fillings open their mouth. Do you remember when your mouth looked like that? Would you like to bring your smile back to its pre-filling appearance? It is possible with tooth-colored fillings at Excellence In Dentistry.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dental solutions that create perfect smiles for our Eagle River patients. You can see a complete list of our services at http://www.AnchorageSmiles.com.

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Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ, Wasilla

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Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by your Palmer, Eagle River, or Southern Alaska dentist? Take our quiz and find out!

1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

2. This procedure, which can be done by your dentist or at your Anchorage, Alaska area home is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the ol’ pearly whites

The correct answer is B, teeth whitening, though it is also called teeth bleaching.

3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each mouth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers, although tooth socks do sound cozy!

4. Which dentist serving the Eagle River area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

A. Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry
B. Bertha Bicuspid
C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
D. Whitey Toothson

The correct answer is A, Dr. Kirk Johnson.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. We serve the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas with superior experience and care. If you have any questions about our services or about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening or smile makeovers, please contact us today.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work For Eagle River?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can whiten your teeth, it’s natural to look at changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This typically results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of Anchorage dentists offer fast in-office teeth whitening procedures that can commonly illuminate your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using industry-leading cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, and gum contouring, Eagle River dentists are helping patients get the outstanding look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, an Anchorage dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 907-349-0022.

Here at Excellence In Dentistry, we offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

Call for your appointment today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/

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The Tea And Teeth Question

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What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Why, Denis, of course.

Joking aside, a common concern for Southern Alaska patients can be stained teeth. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea.

Over time tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Thorough daily rituals of oral cleaning are valuable for this. Tartar (which forms if the plaque remains on the teeth for over 24 hours) on the other hand will need to be removed in office during a teeth cleaning appointment. Either way, between cleanings a wise method for avoiding tea staining is to rinse with water after drinking tea or to eat something and then to be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, there is always teeth whitening as an option. Our other services include:

Invisalign invisible braces
Sedation dentistry
Dental implants
Teeth whitening
Porcelain veneers

The cost of living is going up in Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer. Come in Eagle River and let us share our competitive pricing, financial options and superb service with you. Cosmetic dentistry may be less expensive than you think.

Our specialty is cosmetic dentistry. A popular service in our office is restoring smiles. We would love to do placing dental implants if that appeals to you.

Now you know that tea doesn’t have to stain teeth permanently. What’s your next question?

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101

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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In today’s Excellence In Dentistry post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At Excellence In Dentistry, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find trusted dental care and our caring team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign invisible braces. Contact Excellence In Dentistry today at 907-349-0022 to schedule an informative consultation.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022

1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014

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Debunking Dental Myths

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Today’s Excellence In Dentistry blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Eagle River area.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth
We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway
Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal
We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

If you are interested in dental implants, teeth whitening or sedation dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/

1“Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain,” American Associate of Endodontists, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx, accessed June 4, 2014

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