In-Office vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening | Dentist Columbia, SC

Your teeth may feel strong and healthy, but if they are not their whitest, you could be perceived as looking older than your years. A survey by the Oral B dental hygiene company showed that people with white teeth are thought of as 20 percent more attractive and 13 years younger.  

Dentist-supervised teeth whitening may be a great option to brighten your smile if you have dull, stained, or discolored enamel. Our dentist can help you achieve whiter teeth with procedures in our office or at home. Let’s take a closer look at causes of tooth discoloration and your options. 

What Causes Stained Teeth? 

Chief causes of dark or dull enamel medications, genetics, diet, and tobacco use. Teeth tend to darken with age, as well. Our experienced dental team can create a whiter smile.  

For some patients with internal staining that does not respond to teeth bleaching, porcelain veneers can create a brighter and more even smile. Our dentist will discuss your whitening goals with you to determine which options would be most effective.  

Why In-Office Teeth Whitening Works  

In-office teeth whitening is the quickest way to achieve a brighter smile. The typical process involves a strong yet safe bleaching gel that must be applied by an experienced dental professional. Results are rapid and teeth can be lightened to a higher degree than is possible with at-home kits.  

During a professional whitening treatment, we first clean the teeth and then apply a whitening agent, carefully avoiding the gums and soft tissue. We may then add a laser light treatment to expedite the process. We can repeat the process for more dramatic results.   

Does At-Home Teeth Whitening Work? 

If a visit to our office for professional teeth whitening isn’t an option for you, an at-home treatment can also provide a significant whitening effect. While over-the-counter teeth whitening products can be helpful to some, a customized gel and tray kit from our dentist will yield a safer and more predictable outcome. 

At-home teeth whitening results are less dramatic compared to those achieved at the dentist’s office, and may not be the best solution if your teeth and gums are sensitive. 

If you want to look younger by brightening your smile, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation. We can help you reach your teeth whitening goals quickly and safely. 

Diamond Dental Studio of Forest Acres Columbia
Phone: (803) 738-1114
3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

The Best Type of Floss for Your Smile | Dentist Columbia

What is the best type of dental floss? The answer depends on your teeth. Whether you use  traditional string floss, a water flosser, an interdental brush, or other appliance, it’s important  that you clean between your teeth correctly every day. 

What Flossing Does for Your Oral Health 

Flossing is necessary for a healthy mouth. It removes not only food particles themselves but the  plaque they can form. A sticky biofilm can lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.  This condition starts with a bacterial infection in the gum tissue and, if left untreated, can destroy  gingival tissue and the underlying bone.  

Build-up of plaque and bacteria between teeth is one of the leading causes of periodontal  disease, a condition which not only affects your mouth, teeth, and gums, but has been linked to  complications with heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type II diabetes,  Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.  

Dental Floss Studies 

Many studies of floss show that all types work well if they are used as directed. A Journal of  Periodontology study looked at four types of dental floss: shred-resistant, unwaxed, woven, and  an electric “power flosser.” All four removed plaque significantly better than a toothbrush alone.  Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry showed that both electric and  traditional floss removed plaque equally well when used for 30 days.  

● Electric or water flossers can be helpful for older adults and those who don’t have a  steady hand at floss threading 

● If you have significant gaps between your teeth, wide dental tape might be effective for  you 

● Disposable floss picks or premeasured strands are convenient during travel or at work ● People with tight space between teeth might benefit from waxed floss, which slides more  easily in tight spaces  

● For those with traditional orthodontic braces, irrigators and floss threaders can reach  between teeth above and below bands.  

There is no best type of dental floss, only the one that works best for you. Finding a type that is  effective for your smile is a matter of trial and error, as well as preference.  

If you would like advice on dental floss types and techniques, let our team know at your next  appointment. 

Diamond Dental Studio of Forest Acres Columbia
Phone: (803) 738-1114
3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

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Dr. Julia K. Mikell
Solo Practitioner

3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

(We are easy to find in Forest Acres at the corner of Harrison Rd. and Budon Ct., near the Zesto’s on Forest Drive.)

(803) 738-1114

Providing Dental Care
For Many Communities Including:

Forest Acres, Fort Jackson, Arcadia Lakes, Lake Katherine, Heathwood, Shandon, Rosewood, Downtown Columbia, Earlewood, Cottontown and the University of South Carolina


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: Closed

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