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Imagine a smile makeover in two visits. No shots, no drills, no long appointments...and much more affordable than the cosmetic dentistry that is typically needed for cosmetic smle enhancements. Enter the snap on appliance made to snap over the existing teeth and provide a complete and extreme makeover.

What can a Snap On Smile fix?

   1. Missing Teeth

   2. Severely Discolored Teeth

   3. Severely crooked Teeth

   4. Space between Teeth

 In one appliance, you can make the teeth look whiter, close the spaces between teeth, give the appearance of straighter teeth and replace teeth that are missing. For less than the cost of 2 crowns, 1/4 the cost of orthodontics, 1/2 the cost of replacing one missing teeth, the Snap On Smile delivers with ease, expediency and perfection! Ask Dr.Glasmeier, your Nashville dentist, about getting a Snap On Smile today!

Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked


There are many myths about teeth whitening that Dr.Glasmeier will help clarify.


Myth- All teeth in the mouth will whiten.


Natural teeth will naturally whiten with bleaching material but tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures (anything artificial) will not respond.


Myth-All bleaching materials are the same.


There are different types of bleach and different concentrations. The two most common are carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. They both whiten teeth but at much different rates.


Myth- 10% carbamide peroxide is the same as 10% hydrogen peroxide are the same.


Absolutely not! 10% carbamide peroxide is only 3.5 % hydrogen peroxide while 10% hydrogen peroxide is 10 % hydrogen peroxide.


Myth- 10% hydrogen peroxide works better than 10% carbamide peroxide because only a small percentage is hydrogen peroxide.


Both materials will whiten the teeth equal but the exposure times differ between the two materials.


Myth- OTC whitening products are as effective as in office.


Materials dispensed by the dentist are typically stronger and have more research behind them warranting them as better choices.


Myth- Using boil and bite trays to whiten teeth is as effective as custom trays by the dentist.


Boil and bite trays can help whiten teeth but are more hazardous because if the material is held in secure, the patient can develop severe tissue burns on the gums and tongue.


Myth- Children cannot whiten teeth due to their age.


Dr.Glasmeier will allow children to whiten their teeth down to age 10 but a thorough assessment of the child's hygiene, temperament, and previous dental history dictates whether or not they would be a candidate.


Myth- OTC mouthrinses and toothpastes can whiten teeth.


Yes but not by the mechanism everyone thinks. Most of these products do have a peroxide ingredient which provides the chemical whitening. Majority of products claim whitening based on their ability to remove surface stain not by whitening! Just at look at the back of product!


Myth- People in braces cannot whiten their teeth.


Patients in braces can whiten their teeth around brackets and there are preliminary studies out showing that whitening while in braces can decrease the incidence of cavities

Question: What is the best type of teeth whitening available?


Answer: Having your teeth whitening by a dental professional without a doubt will yield safer and more effective results. Assuming the basics are being done to whiten such as:


1. Brushing on a daily basis

2. Moderating your intake on coffee,tea,wine, etc.

3. Using a whitening toothpaste


In office whitening or custom bleaching trays will demonstrate much better results due to the concentrations that the dentist can prescribe. Peroxide is typically the best ingredient for teeth whitening and most OTC products are limited to 20-25% whereas in office products can reach up to the realm of 35-45%. While this is also much more effective, it can be more harmful if not managed appropriately. This is why the dentist will spend more timely isolating all the tissues around the teeth to help minimize tissue burns and promoting thermal sensitivity.


Talk to your dentist about what are the best teeth whitening options for you!



What is Whitening For Life?


Whitening for Life is a program designed to reward patients who join our office and commit to getting regular checkups and cleanings to promote good oral health.


With our Whitening for Life program, you receive:

* One set of customized upper and lower trays with starter kit at minimal charge to cover cost of
materials and time needed to fabricate the custom trays
* One tube of whitening gel at every recall exam appointment at no charge. Additional tubes are available for purchase.

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

* Be a patient of record or become a new patient of record
* Have had a complete dental examination by Dr. Glasmeier with
recommended x-rays.
* Do not have active, untreated disease, gum (periodontal) disease, decay
(caries), root sensitivity, oral cancer, etc
* Agree to and sign Whitening For Life consent form
* Stay current in keeping with your recommended cleaning appointments
(prophylaxis(cleanings), periodontal maintenance)
* Must not have any outstanding balances or previous bad debts

Please Remember:

* We are here to help you with your health and have a wonderful smile!
* Whitening isn't for everyone
* Your oral health conditions may not make whitening a wise choice
* Whitening procedures may not be effective on some teeth
* Regular cleanings/checkups as well as prescribed home care are the foundation to whiter teeth while teeth whitening is a supplement.


Ask us about becoming a Whitening For Life Member!!