Let me update you on the steps we have taken to ensure your safety and ours.
1. We have procured all the recommended PPE. N95 masks, gowns, and face shields.
2. We have installed hospital antimicrobial curtains around each room. This allows us to contain the treatment in the room being used.
3. We have added a medical-grade air purifier to cleanse the air multiple times an hour.
4. We are using ultra-violet C lights to disinfect the rooms after each use.
5. There will be fewer patients in the office at a time. All patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles until we are ready for them.
6. Every person will be asked before coming to the office to confirm they are symptom-free and are not COVID positive so far as they know.
7. Everyone will have their temperature taken and will be required to rinse with peroxide before the treatment.
8. All staff are checked daily for temperature, symptoms, and exposure. We will be requiring testing soon too.
These are a few of the precautions that we are taking. Just know we are doing what we can to ensure you can get the care you need in as safe an environment as we can create.
We are now scheduling cleanings and virtually all types of treatments. Call us at (708) 849-4400 to schedule. Leave a message if we don’t answer.
Our schedule, for now, is by appointment and not consistent with our previous normal.
We all hope to see you soon. Until then, stay safe and healthy.
Dr. D. and the Pleasant Dental Team
Zoom® and BriteSmile® are bleaching methods touted by many. They use the common types of bleaching agents but Zoom® and BriteSmile® both use high intensity lights to “activate” the bleach. It looks impressive as you sit there for an hour or more in front of these lights knowing your teeth are getting whiter by the second.
While these methods do work, there is much in today’s literature to indicate that the lights do little to nothing. So why even use them?
There are, I believe, a couple of reasons that these lights are used. First, they give the impression to the patient of a high tech approach to tooth bleaching. They use terms like “laser whitening” or similar. In short, they are a sales tool or gimmicks.
Second, they allow the manufacturer of the bleaching process a second income stream. You have to not only buy and stock the bleaching materials, but purchase and use the lights which are also charged on a per use basis. This means more money to the manufacturer, or more specifically, to the marketer of the bleaching products.
I speak from experience. We have provided Zoom® bleaching services in our office. As I said, while they work, I truly don’t see the light as being anything but a discomfort to the patient, and, given current information, functionally a useless part of the process.
So what types of bleaching do we recommend? Suffice it to say that virtually all bleaching methods today do work to some extent, it depends largely on you and what your goals are.
A person who has a fairly light shade of teeth and simply wants to make them a bit brighter might be fine with some of the whitening strips available either over the counter or from a dental office. We use the professional version of Crest White Strips. For many, this is adequate.
Those who seek a greater degree of whitening might be better served by the more traditional at home bleaching programs using bleaching trays. These trays, which are custom made to fit your teeth, are worn with bleach for so many hours a day or at night to achieve the desired result.
Finally, for those who have serious color issues or are looking for upping white teeth, there is Deep Bleaching®. Developed by a dentist in California, Deep Bleaching® provides a combination of in office and at home treatment that can whiten even some of the toughest cases.
Zoom® is a registered trademark of Discus Dental. BriteSmile® is a registered trademark of Britesmile Inc..
Dr. Dean Dietrich founded Pleasant Dental with the vision of serving his community by providing high-value comfortable care. Dr. D. has over 30 years of expertise and continues to be very passionate about his work. He and team enjoy caring for fearful patients and providing care in a unique upbeat, even fun way.