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Fresno Dental Professionals


6099 N. 1st Street Suite 104
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: (559) 431-1400
Fax: (559) 431-1590

www.smilefresno.com

Hours of Operation
Monday7:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday7:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday7:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday7:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday7:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday8:00AM - 2:00PM
Fresno Dental Professionals

Your smile is our Priority


Fresno Cosmetic Dentists. World Class Smiles!

When you visit our Fresno dental office, your smile is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you'll find both useful and interesting.

When you visit our Fresno Dental Professionals you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental care services to meet the needs of the whole family. Our goal is to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long term dental health and a beautiful smile. We pride ourselves in giving you a personalized attention and offer you a full range of dental services using the most current state-of-the art dental technology and techniques. Some of the services we provide include:

New Patient Exams
Digital X-Rays
General Dentistry
Composite Fillings
Crowns Cosmetic Dentistry
Invisalign
BriteSmile
Root Canal
Fixed Bridges

Please browse through our website and be sure to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. You may also call us today at (559) 431-1400 and benefit from our services in preventative dentistry, aesthetics, restorative, as well as porcelain veneers, Brite-Smile, Invisalign, porcelain fillings, crowns and bridges, bondings and a preventative cleanings.
Frequently Asked Questions

How do Fluoride Treatments Work?

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Fluoride works in two ways:

Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.

Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
Recent history of dental decay.
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

How can BriteSmile? help me?

A pearly white smile can be an excellent confidence booster. Yellowing or stained teeth are unpleasant to look at and can negatively affect your overall look. The BriteSmile? Whitening System is a quick, safe and gentle way to restore the natural color of the teeth with minimal discomfort. BriteSmile? uses a combination of gel and light to whiten teeth by up to 14 shades in just one hour.

BriteSmile? has several advantages over comparable whitening systems. First, the bleaching gel does not need to be activated by lasers or heat. This means that no radiation enters the body. Instead, BriteSmile? utilizes a unique lamp that propels blue light toward the teeth and expedites whitening. All of the key "smile" teeth will be bleached in a uniform way, without creating hypersensitive lips, gums or soft tissue. BriteSmile? gel is much more viscous which prevents tooth dehydration, and creates longer lasting results.

The best candidates for the BriteSmile? whitening procedure have strong, healthy teeth and gums. If gum disease is an issue, this needs to be treated prior to the gel application. Whitening treatment may not be a good option for patients with highly sensitive teeth, thinning teeth or teeth that exhibit deep inorganic staining.

BriteSmile? can effectively alleviate the following problems:
Staining caused by tobacco use.
Staining caused by strong foods and drinks.
Yellowing teeth caused by aging.
Greying teeth (usually hereditary).
Organic staining.

What preparation is necessary before the BriteSmile? treatment?

BriteSmile? elicits the best results on clean, healthy teeth. Therefore, a thorough cleaning is recommended prior to the treatment, to rid the teeth of plaque, tartar and rotting food particles. The dentist will always thoroughly examine the teeth while performing the cleaning to check for any fractures, inflammation or decay. Photographs might also be taken of the teeth prior to the bleaching procedure. This makes "before and after" comparisons more evident.
Though the whitening procedure only takes an hour in the office, BriteSmile? toothpaste, dental trays and a less concentrated version of the gel may be given for home use. BriteSmile? is long lasting and effective, but stains can quickly reappear on the teeth - particularly if tobacco is being used.

What does BriteSmile? treatment involve?

None of the steps in the BriteSmile? system should cause discomfort. The BriteSmile? gel only contains a 15% or 25% concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which means the teeth and gums should not feel uncomfortable. Many of the alternative whitening treatments contain a 35% or 50% concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which dehydrates teeth and causes them to become hypersensitive. BriteSmile? gel is balanced with water and glycerin which work together to hydrate the teeth. The bleaching gel is applied to the teeth for three twenty-minute intervals as follows:

1. A retractor is placed inside the mouth to fully expose the teeth.
2. A hardening resin is applied to the gums to prevent the bleaching gel from irritating them.
3. The gel and blue light are applied to the teeth for twenty minutes.
4. The dentist checks whitening progress.
5. The gel is removed and then more gel is applied for another twenty minutes.
6. The gel is again removed and then more gel is applied for an additional twenty minutes.
7. The retractors are removed when the final gel application is complete.
8. The mouth is rinsed and the new tooth color is measured immediately.

The teeth may look incredibly white immediately after treatment due to mild dehydration. The actual color of teeth will become apparent when the teeth have had 48 hours to rehydrate.

If you have any questions or concerns about BriteSmile? or other whitening treatments, please ask your dentist.