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March 16, 2013

7 Tips In How To Have A White Smile

Posted under: Articles,Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 2:21 pm

It is common to want a beautiful smile. Having healthy teeth demonstrates that you care about your oral health and body. Regular brushing and flossing may not be enough to maintain your white smile. Here are some ways to help keep your teeth white and help with staining.

  1. Strawberries and apples contain maleic acid. It is a crystalline and colorless compound with astringent properties, which help with stains caused by coffee, wine and smoke. 
  2. Chew gum that contains xylitol. It will increase the production of saliva. Acting like natural mouthwash to help rinse away plaque.
  3. Raw crunchy fruits and vegetables are like natural toothbrushes. Foods that contain cellulose and fiber have natural abrasives that eliminate bacteria, remove recent discolorations, polish teeth and stimulate gums. String beans, cauliflower, and celery are good examples.
  4. Spearmint is a natural plaque fighter and takes care of bad breathe by getting rid of the bacteria that causes it. 
  5. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt contain calcium and phosphorus. These minerals help remineralization your teeth enamel. 
  6. Floss and brush after every meal. If you brush just twice a day, you are missing 40% of your tooth surface.
  7. Replace old anterior fillings if you notice staining or leakage around the edges.

Consider a take-home teeth whitening system provided by cosmetic dentist Dr. Aalam Samsavar. Safely whiten your teeth at your convenience and comforts of home. It is easy to use and inexpensive. You will receive customized whitening trays to fit your teeth. There will be no overlap onto your gums, greatly reducing the chances of gum irritation or sensitivity problems.

Contact us at our Seattle area office in downtown Bellevue to schedule a free consultation!

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

June 7, 2010

Perfect Smile. Perfect Timing

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 4:03 pm



We’re determined in our practice to provide our patients with the best and most up-to-date dental health care possible. And we’re particularly happy to be able to offer the Pola Advanced Tooth Whitening System .

 The Pola Office treatment is the fastest way to get your glamour smile front and center. It takes just thirty minutes, and we perform the procedure here in our office. First, we cover your gums with a protective resin barrier. We apply a hydrogen peroxide blue gel to each tooth, and shine a bleaching dental light onto the tooth for about eight minutes. The gel is then removed and the procedure is repeated about two more times. And that’s all there is to it! A four-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure.

Please contact us for a consultation soon. Your beautiful white smile awaits!

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

June 29, 2009

Non-orthodontics straightening of the teeth

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 9:34 am

There are a number of ways to straighten crowded teeth. Braces and now Invisalign are the usual ways of doing that. But for those who do not have the time or the patience of having braces for a few years or dealing with changing of aligners in Invisalign every two weeks there is non -orthodontic porcelain veneers. This is really the use of feldspathic porcelain veneers as a cover to make the teeth look straight. It takes about 2 weeks to have teeth that are straight and white. b after crowdingHere are pictures of a patient that is getting married soon and wanted a nice smile for the wedding. In order for orthodontics to be effective he was told he would need jaw surgery and extraction of some of his teeth. b before crowdingWith veneers we were able to striaighten his teeth and make them whiter as well.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

May 20, 2009

How many teeth do I have to do?

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 4:19 pm

before crowdingafter crowding

A lot of times I have been asked if one needs to have all of their upper teeth veneered to have a perfect, attractive smile. The answer is no. Depending on the facial features and the smile of a person a smile design might involve four ( as it is in this photo) or maybe two porcelain veneers.  With the Venetian veneer procedure done at our bellevue cosmetic dental office we can design a smile to fit the personality of our patients.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

October 20, 2008

Could Lumineers be used to repair old crowns?

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 10:56 pm

Lumineers are the trade name for a cosmetic dental procedure that has been around for a long time. This procedure is called prepless veneer. Despite the ads by Dentsply,the company behind Lumineers, these porcelain restorations are not indicated for every single cosmetic case. Seattle Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Samsavar has successfully used Feldspathic porcelain to enhance the smile of his patients. Lumineers are one specific kind of porcelain veneer. Felspathic porcelain has the ability to be bonded to other feldspathic porcelains. At our Seattle cosmetic Dental office we have been able to bond to the existing crowns and bridges and therefore as long as there are no preexsting decay they can be saved.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

March 5, 2008

Lead in dental crowns

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry,General Health — Aalam Samsavar @ 6:49 pm

A significant number of crown and bridges in the US is manufactured by the foreign laboratories. There are no standard overseeing these products. Dentists generally check the fit of the crown and not where it was manufactured. Restoring teeth with crowns made out of metallic substrate is a common and customary way to restore tooth.

An Ohio TV station recently broadcasted a report on air claiming a dental crown made overseas had tested positive for lead. American Dental Association suggests patients to ask their dental office where their dental laboratory is and if the lab provides the office with the FDA approved materials.

More importantly one should realize that with the advent of cosmetic dentistry there are actually not that many cases where a crown with metallic substrate is indicated to restore a tooth. Porcelain based crowns and veneers with thin Feldspathic porcelain are now state of the art in producing life like crowns. Feldspathic porcelain is a natural organic type of porcelain hand crafted by a master ceramist. Porcelain Veneers are just one place Feldspathic porcelain can be used.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

January 23, 2008

Screening for caries in Seattle Cosmetic dental office

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry,General Health — Aalam Samsavar @ 11:47 pm

Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is a universal energy molecule found in all animal,  plants, bacterial, yeast, and mold cells. In a patient with low risk decay potential the number of bacteria living on the surface of the teeth are low. In our Seattle Cosmetic Dental Office we can determine if a patient is a high risk for getting cavities. Cariscreen device allows us to determine this. When ATP is brought into contact with the unique liquid stable luciferase/luciferin reagent within the cariscreen swab sampling device, light is emittted in direct proportion to the amount of ATP present. The cariscreen meter measures the amount of light generated and provides information as to the level of contamination within seconds. The readings appear as a number of RLUs (relative light units)

If a patient is a candidate for laminates, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or any other cosmetic dental procedures at our Seattle cosmetic dentistry office located in Bellevue serving kirkalnd, bellevue, redmond and vicinity we want to make sure the restorations last a long time. As a renowned Seattle cosmetic dentist Dr samsavar creates smile makeovers that look good, feel good and last a long time. The longevity of a cosmetic porcelain veneer depends on detemination of caries risk factor of the mouth.  This device allows us to make that determination so we can guarantee a cosmetic dental procedure that lasts a long time.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

November 4, 2007

Dental tips to avoid flu!!

Posted under: Articles,Cosmetic Dentistry,Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 4:25 pm

The flu season usually runs from November through March. The heaviest flu activity occurs in February. In the United States, on average, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu. Following are some of the dental related tips we suggest to patients in our Seattle cosmetic dental office that can be followed to lessen the possibility of re-infection or spread of the flu to others:

•1)      After an episode of cold or flu, discard your tooth brush. Clients in our Seattle Cosmetic Dental office get a new tooth brush after each of their regular recare appointments. Bacteria survive on the toothbrush in the moist environment of the bathroom for months and can potentially reinfect you with the flu.

•2)      Each member of the family should have their own tube of tooth paste. The toothpaste can cause cross contamination. Buy small tubes and change the tube when changing the tooth brush.

•3)      Avoid mouthwashes that have alcohol in them. The most popular brands of mouth wash have over 25% alcohol as their main ingredient. This is more than the alcohol in a bottle of wine or beer. Alcohol in the mouthwash not only dulls and causes break down of the tooth color bonded fillings, crowns and porcelain veneers but also dries up the mouth. After having a cosmetic dental procedure done in our Seattle dental office we recommend avoiding mouth washes with alcohol in them to avoid damaging dental porcelain veneers. A dry mouth is a potential place for organisms causing bad breath and infections to thrive.

•4)      Use tongue scrapers. The ridges and valleys on the tongue gather bacteria. And it needs to be scraped off. Tongue scrapers are designed specifically to clean the tongue and remove the plaque. Just like the toothbrush, replace the tongue scraper after an episode of flu or cold. A toothbrush is not efficient to clean the tongue and use of the tooth brush also contaminates it.

•5)      One of the most common over the counter cold remedies is a throat lozenge. Unlike candy bars, the package of lozenges does not specify the amount of sugar in them. Some of the lozenges are just candies without any antiseptic agents. Most of the lozenges, regardless of their sugar content, have flavoring agents. The acidic environment produced by these flavorings erodes the enamel of the teeth away if used in the long term and causes sensitivity in the teeth. Dental porcelain veneers can not protect the teeth against this sensitivity. And the acidity also dulls the porcelain veneers and bondings. One of the active ingredients of the most lozenges in Menthol. Menthol’s only function is to give the mouth a cool feeling which temporarily masks the sore throat. There is no therapeutic action by these lozenges.

•6)      If you take antihistamines or decongestants remember that these medications dry the mouth. Saliva washes the bacteria and food off the teeth Avoid caffeinated liquids like colas and coffee which promote fluid loss and drink more plain water.

•7)      Sinus infections can simulate toothache. The roots of the back molar teeth are in the floor of the sinus and an infected sinus feels like a toothache. Tilting the head down increases the pain and pressure as the fluid changes position in the sinus.

•8)      Dentures and mouth guards are another source for bacteria and virus to reside. They can be reservoirs for re-infection. There are commercially available cleaners in the stores but you can make one yourself :

1 teaspoon Clorox

2 teaspoon Calgon (water conditioner)

8 ounces of cold water

Leave the denture for at least 30 minutes, brush and rinse.

Smile and stay healthy. Cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile but you can only maintain the smile by proper homecare.

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

February 9, 2007

What are the Feldspathic Porcelain Veneers?

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 10:18 pm

Feldspathic Porcelain is a type of porcelain used in cosmetic dentistry procedures. Modifying the basic Potash Feldspar-Quartz-Kaolinite mix by the removal of mullite and free quartz, while increasing sodium oxide and alkaline earth oxides as bivalent glass modifiers, to improve translucent properties while trying to maintain strength. Fluxing agents have also been added to lower the melting temperatures and make them easier to handle in the dental laboratory. They are usually used to fabricate the most cosmetically pleasing dental restorations. (more…)

Seattle and Bellevue Dentist

December 19, 2006

Red wine may ward off gum disease

Posted under: Cosmetic Dentistry,General Health,Gum Disease — Aalam Samsavar @ 10:10 am

Researchers say red wine may help keep gums healthy and strong. Though the results have so far only been borne out in the test tube, a team of Canadian scientists believe antioxidant components in red wine and grape seeds have anti-inflammatory effects that may ward off periodontal troubles. Dr. Samsavar who is  one of the few Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist  member of American Association for Dental Research came across a study, presented in Orlando, Fla., at the 35th annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. (more…)

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