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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
September 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

First impressions are crucial, whether they are in the context of a date, a job interview, or meeting a stranger at the bar, and a dazzling smile can help create a great impression on anyone you meet! Here at Dr. Ernest Fontaine's office in Harrisburg, PA, we understand the importance of a beautiful smile, which is why we provide patients with professional teeth whitening.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening:

Teeth whitening procedures restore smiles by eliminating stains, dull appearance, and/or discolored teeth. Stains and yellowing can be a result of:

  • Age, for the white protective enamel generally wears down overtime to expose the yellow dentin
  • Dietary decisions, for drinking too much coffee/tea and eating darkly pigmented foods such as curry can stain teeth
  • Poor oral hygiene, such as neglecting to brush, floss, use fluoride-containing products, or visit your dentist for professional cleanings can all cause stains to set in

Over-the-Counter Products Vs. Professional Whitening Services

There are whitening toothpastes available at stores, but these toothpastes provide minimal results and consist of harsh substances that can cause damage to enamel.

Fortunately, your Harrisburg dentist also provides professional teeth whitening. This is a safe and effective procedure that may last as long as five years, and, best of all, it's quick. The dentist uses a retractor that prevents soft tissue, gums, and lips from coming into contact with the teeth whitening agents being used. Unlike OTC products, professional whitening is comfortable, and provides dramatic results—even up to eight shades brighter!

Need a consultation?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding teeth whitening, your Harrisburg, PA, dentist, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, is here to help. Just give us a call today at (717) 564-1310. With the help of professional teeth whitening, we can give you the smile that you've always wanted!

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
May 29, 2018
Category: Teeth Whitening
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDr. Ernest Fontaine offers teeth whitening in his Harrisburg, PA, office. He can help you get that Hollywood smile whether you're a busy mom racing to drop your kids off at soccer practice or a professional who has consecutive meetings all day.

Stained Teeth

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored, or stained, is a result of age, but that's not the only factor. When teeth end up yellow, you end up with a ruined self-esteem as well. Here are some things to keep an eye out for:

  • Chewing tobacco
  • Eating certain foods, such as blueberries
  • Smoking
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea

There are two ways to get whiter teeth:

In-Office Procedure: A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed in your mouth. This device ensures soft tissue in your mouth don't come in contact with hydrogen peroxide gel and other high-concentration bleaching gels used by your doctor to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth and leave it for a few minutes. The procedure takes about one-hour. If your dental stains are severe, you may need more than one session.

Take-Home Whitening: Your Harrisburg dentist may recommend taking home a teeth-whitening kit. The results take longer to show themselves than when using an in-office procedure, but this is better than over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits you get at your local store, and it's convenient for busy individuals. Your doctor gets an impression of your teeth and creates a mold so that two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays, one for your upper teeth and the other for your bottom teeth, are made for you. All you need to do is fill each tray with whitening gel provided by your dentist, position each tray over the upper and bottom teeth, then wait for about an hour. You may need to repeat the process to see the results you want.

Are you interested in brightening your smile? Dr. Fontaine offers teeth whitening in his Harrisburg, PA, office. Call for an appointment at 717-564-1310 today!

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how teeth whitening could finally give you a smile to be proud of.teeth whitening

It’s amazing how quickly the foods and drinks we consume show up on your teeth. Over time, enamel begins to soak up these stain-producing colors and the evidence appears on your smile. If you are ready for a smile that dazzles rather than fizzles then it’s time you called our Harrisburg, PA, dentist Dr. Ernest Fontaine today.

Are you looking to lighten your teeth while also removing dental stains? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our professional in-office whitening system is the most effective way to get your smile whiter. If you want to instantly brighten your smile then our Harrisburg, PA, cosmetic dentist can certainly offer these amazing results.

Who is right for professional teeth whitening?

This incredible cosmetic system has the ability to break up external stains and instantly boost the color of your smile. You’ll see results in just one session, but some people may choose to get several whitening sessions in order to achieve even more radiant results.

What should I know about teeth whitening?

Of course, there are some things you’ll need to consider before deciding whether or not professional teeth whitening is right for you. For one, if you have teeth sensitivity you’ll need to let us know before your treatment. Having tooth sensitivity doesn’t mean that you can’t get teeth whitening, but this is something we will want to monitor during your whitening session to make sure that sensitivity doesn’t get worse.

Also, even though this system is very strong it isn’t able to tackle all stains. Sure, it can easily blast away stains from the outer surfaces of the tooth (these stains are often caused by aging or consuming coffee, black tea, red wine and other stain-causing foods and drinks); however, this system won’t be able to remove internal stains (caused by trauma or certain medications).

If you have any dental work like crowns, bridges or fillings that you also think have dulled a bit and could use some refreshing, professional teeth whitening will not work on these structures. While teeth whitening can work wonders on real teeth, it doesn’t have the same effect on artificial structures. This is means that if you do want to lighten these restorations you will need to have them replaced.

Whether you have questions about getting teeth whitening or you want to learn more about the at-home and in-office whitening services we offer here in Harrisburg, PA, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us questions or schedule your no-risk cosmetic consultation. Your beautiful smile is waiting!

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
October 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Say goodbye to dental stains and say hello to professional teeth whitening in Harrisburg.

Your alarm is blaring. You hit snooze. Your alarm roars again. You begrudgingly get up. What do you do next? Do you head right to the teeth whiteningcoffee pot? You aren’t alone. About 150 million Americans drink coffee every day. With a Starbucks on so many corners it isn’t too surprising that Americans love their coffee. Of course, coffee can leave some pretty nasty stains on your teeth, but our Harrisburg, PA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, can easily tackle this.

There are a number of issues that can cause teeth discolorations but one of the main ones tends to be coffee. Of course, eating other foods or drinks such as red wine, tea, tomato sauce, and berries can also cause teeth to become yellowed or stained. Fortunately, our Harrisburg, PA dentist can easily treat these surface stains with professional teeth whitening.

In-Office Whitening

This is often the preferred method for whitening since patients can come into our office with dental stains and leave with a drastically whiter smile. We can easily get some smiles up to 10 shades whiter in just a single one-hour whitening session.

In-office whitening is designed to whiten the front eight teeth, which are visible when you smile. This is a great way to remove the stains that people see when you smile or talk. Even if you suffer from tooth sensitivity we can tailor and monitor your treatment to make sure that your tooth sensitivity doesn’t get worse.

Plus, tooth whitening results can last up to one year or more, depending on how good your oral hygiene is and if you continue to use home whitening products to help maintain your results.

At-Home Whitening

We aren’t talking about the kits that you can pick up from the drugstore. Instead, we are talking about the professional whitening systems that we can create for you so that you can whiten right in your own home.

While it won’t give you the quick results that you’ll get with teeth whitening, if you aren’t in a rush for results but do want to get a whiter smile then it’s time to talk to our Harrisburg, PA dentist about whether at-home whitening is the best option for you.

Leave coffee in your cup not on your teeth. If you want to get professional teeth whitening in Harrisburg, PA and refresh your smile then it’s time you called Dr. Fontaine to find out if whitening is right for you.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
December 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

If you are embarrassed of your yellowed or discolored teeth, a tooth whitening session with your Harrisburg, PA dentist could be just the confidence boost you need. Professionally whitening your teeth can make a monumental difference in your smile. You could walk out of your dentist’s office with teeth up to 10 shades whiter in a single sitting.

How does teeth whitening work? 
The teeth have two outer layers. The enamel is the hard, white layer found on the outside of the tooth. Below the enamel lies the dentin, Teeth Whitening which is softer and more yellow in color. When extrinsic staining, or staining that originates on the enamel, occurs, it is caused by outside elements like coffee, dark colored foods or tobacco smoke. Intrinsic staining, which originates on the dentin layer, is usually caused by trauma to the tooth or the use of certain medications.

Teeth whitening agents use chemical reactions to break the bonds which hold together a stain’s molecules. Since professional whitening sessions are monitored by healthcare professionals, the chemicals used are strong. You will see much greater results in a shorter amount of time after professional whitening as opposed to an at-home whitening kit.

Is teeth whitening safe? 
Substantial testing over the last decade has shown that teeth whitening is safe. Many of the products used show no negative effects on the teeth or gums. You may notice some sensitivity after the procedure, but it will dissipate over the next 48 hours.

What is the procedure like? 
Your dentist sections off the teeth from the rest of the mouth with a dental appliance. He or she then applies whitening agents to the teeth. A special light directed at the teeth speeds up the whitening process. Whitening sessions are usually broken up into 3 segments and last around 45 minutes total. Fresh whitening agents are applied to the teeth between each segment. Once the session is finished, you will see the results immediately.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Ernest Fontaine, DDS in Harrisburg, PA. Call (717) 564-1310 to schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening session today!