Tatiana Barton, DDS

Dr. Barton received her D.D.S. degree from New York University College of Dentistry following her education at the State University of New York College at Purchase...

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Stamford, CT 06905
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WeighingtheProsandConsofTeethWhitening

Transforming your smile doesn’t necessarily require complex treatments like orthodontics, dental implants or porcelain veneers. Sometimes a little brightness can mean all the difference in the world.

Bleaching (or teeth whitening) is a proven method for dealing with tooth discoloration and staining. Nearly all whitening products, whether home or professional, contain the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide or its breakdown product hydrogen peroxide. These agents effectively diminish staining deep within a tooth (intrinsic) or on the enamel surface (extrinsic), although intrinsic staining will require a more invasive office procedure.

If you have extrinsic staining you have three basic options: dental office bleaching, a retail home kit or a kit purchased from a dentist. Again, you’ll find the same basic bleaching agents in each of these versions. The difference will be the concentration: home kits contain about 10% agent by volume, while the office application will be a much higher range of 15% to 35% (which may also employ specialized lights or lasers to increase the bleaching effect). As a result, an office bleaching may take only a visit or two to achieve the desired brightness while a home kit about two or three weeks.

Whitening is a more economical route for smile enhancement of otherwise sound teeth than other measures. But there are other considerations you should weigh before undergoing a procedure. Whitening isn’t a permanent fix — the brightness will diminish over time, optimally six months to a year in what dentists call the “fade rate.” You can slow this process by avoiding or limiting foods and habits that cause staining.

If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home. And while whitening is relatively safe (as long as you’re using your kit as directed), you may experience tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or other minor oral side effects.

Before you decide on whitening, visit us first for a complete dental examination. From there we can advise you on whether whitening is a good smile enhancement choice for you.

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 “Teeth Whitening.”


By Tatiana Barton, DDS
August 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignCould clear braces be the right orthodontic treatment for your smile?

Once we reach a certain age we often think we are too old for braces, but think again! You might be surprised to hear that braces can be a great option for anyone from children to older adults. You are never too old to get a straighter smile. But many of our patients don’t want to feel self-conscious about sporting braces around the office or among students. You’re in luck! Your Stamford, CT dentist Dr. Tatiana Barton offers a way to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.

Straightening Smiles Invisibly with Invisalign

Invisalign is a great option for patients who are looking for braces that transition almost seamlessly into their lifestyles. With traditional braces, patients may find it more challenging to brush and floss between brackets and wires, and certain foods are off limits. With Invisalign you can remove your clear aligners before eating or brushing, so your diet and oral care regime doesn’t have to change. From mild to more severe cases, Invisalign can treat many common problems:

  • Spaces between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Crookedness
  • Overcrowding
  • Underbites
  • Open bites
  • Crossbite

If you are dealing with any of these issues than your Stamford, CT dentist Dr. Barton may be able to help with Invisalign. Here are some other factors to consider before deciding whether invisible braces are right for you:

Age: Invisalign is only available for teens and adults and isn’t suitable for children. This option makes it convenient for patients to get the straighter smiles they want without colleagues or fellow students noticing.

Severity of your smile: While Invisalign can treat everything from minor to more serious issues, it won’t be the ideal treatment for all cases. Those who require more complex tooth movements to achieve the perfect smile might do better with traditional braces.

Finances: If you have dental insurance then chances are your Invisalign treatment would be covered under your plan; however, make sure to talk to your provider about how much will be taken care of when it comes to financing your Invisalign and how much you’ll be responsible for.

Cleanliness: Even though you can remove your aligners before eating and drinking, this doesn’t mean that they don’t require the same care that you would take with regular braces. Since these aligners are invisible it’s just as important that you rinse and brush them so they remain clear and stain-free.

Discipline: Just because Invisalign can be removed at any time doesn’t mean it should. Your aligners need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day. Therefore, it’s important that you are committed to wearing your orthodontic aligners regularly to get results.

If you want to get a more ideal smile and think Invisalign is right for you then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your Stamford, CT dentist Dr. Barton to learn more. Let us help you get one step closer to the smile that you want. Let Invisalign help!


SofiaVergaraObsessedWithOralHygiene

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”




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