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Posts for: January, 2015

By John Leitner, DDS
January 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: whitening  

While visiting your Grand Haven family dentist, Dr. John Leitner, DDS, for professional teeth whitening is a great way to achieve an amazing white smile, the downside is that unfortunately no teeth whitening procedure offers permanent results. Once you return home, if you go right back to your old coffee drinking, tobacco using or poor oral hygiene habits, it won't be long until your teeth begin to discolor once again.

Here at the Dr. Leitner's office, we knew we needed a better solution. When you visit your Grand Haven family dentist for teeth whitening, you want results that will last, and we want that for you too. That's why we are now pleased to announce Lifetime Teeth Whitening!

How Does the Lifetime Whitening Program Work?

Enrolling and participating in the Lifetime Whitening Program is simple. All it takes is a small enrollment free, which you pay at a routine cleaning and exam, to sign up for the program. When you sign up, you will be given all of the custom bleaching trays and materials you need to achieve an amazing white smile. Use them at home on your schedule to achieve just the right amount of whitening that will look great for you.

Then each time you visit Dr. Leitner, your favorite family dentist in Grand Haven, for a routine cleaning and exam for the rest of your life, we will give you another touch-up tube of the special bleaching gel for free! No longer will you have to worry about running out of bleaching gel and having your beautiful smile turn dull or dingy. You'll have everything you need for a gorgeous white smile for the rest of your life!

Sounds Great! What's the Catch?

The program is great! The only catch is that we do ask that you return for your preventative check-ups every six months and that you give us 48 hours notice if you won't be able to keep your appointment for some reason. Routine dental visits are absolutely crucial for proper dental health and for catching any oral health problems before they start, and you should be keeping them anyways. This program simply provides a little extra incentive.

Why spend all of your hard earned money on a professional teeth whitening treatment that isn't even going to last? Instead, visit family dentist Dr. Leitner in Grand Haven and ask about our great Lifetime Whitening program today. We'll keep your smile looking amazing for a lifetime.


By John Leitner DDS
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
QuizTestYourKnowledgeonDentures

Since as many as 26 percent of older U.S. adults have lost all their teeth, there are a large number Americans who wear full removable dentures, also known as false teeth. You may be one of them.

How much do you know about dentures? See if you can answer the following questions connected with lost teeth and dentures.

  1. Which word refers to the loss of all permanent teeth?
    1. Atrophy
    2. Prosthetic
    3. Edentulism
    4. Periodontal
  2. What is the name given to the bone that surrounds, supports, and connects to your teeth?
    1. Periodontal
    2. Metacarpal
    3. Tibia
    4. Alveolar
  3. What tissue attaches the teeth to the bone that supports your teeth?
    1. Periodontal Ligament
    2. Periodontal Muscle
    3. Parietal Ligament
    4. Achilles Tendon
  4. When a person loses teeth, the stimulus that keeps the underlying bone healthy is also lost, and the bone resorbs or melts away. Pressure transmitted by dentures through the gums to the bone can accentuate this process, which is called
    1. Dystrophy
    2. Atrophy
    3. Hypertrophy
    4. None of the above
  5. A device that replaces a missing body part such as an arm or leg, eye, tooth or teeth is referred to as
    1. Robotic
    2. Imaginary
    3. Exotic
    4. Prosthetic
  6. When teeth have to be extracted, bone loss can be minimized by bone grafting. Bone grafting materials are usually a sterile powdered form of
    1. Allograft (human tissue)
    2. Xenograft (animal tissue)
    3. Both
    4. Neither
  7. Wearers of full dentures must re-learn to manipulate the jaw joints, ligaments, nerves, and muscles to work differently in order to speak, bite, and chew. The name for this system of interconnected body mechanisms, originating with the root words for “mouth” and “jaw,” is
    1. Boca biting
    2. Stomatognathic
    3. Periodontal
    4. None of the above
  8. A type of plastic that is artistically formed and colored to make prosthetic teeth and gums look natural is called
    1. methyl methacrylate
    2. beta barbital
    3. rayon
    4. polystyrene
  9. Success in denture wearing depends on
    1. The skill of the dentist
    2. The talent of the laboratory technician
    3. The willing collaboration of the patient
    4. All of the above

Answers: 1c, 2d, 3a, 4b, 5d, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9d. How well did you do? If you have additional questions about full removable dentures, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about dentures. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Removable Full Dentures.”


By John Leitner DDS
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
BracesHaveComeaLongWaySaysVannaWhite

Everyone knows Vanna White as the elegant co-host of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune. But here's one thing you may not know: White is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as television's most frequent clapper, with an average of 720 claps per show — that's over 28,000 per season! And here's something else: the star with the megawatt smile wore braces as a kid, and she's not too shy to talk about it.

“I only had to wear them for a year and it was a good experience for me,” she told an interviewer for Dear Doctor magazine. But when it was time for her son to get them, White noticed something different. “We used to have those silver bands that went all the way around each tooth, and they don't have that anymore. It is fascinating to see how far they have come.”

We're glad she noticed! In fact, orthodontic appliances have advanced a good deal in the past decade or so. Instead of using metal bands, brackets holding the wire part of braces are now typically attached directly to the teeth with a dental adhesive. For an even less obtrusive look, ask about using colorless brackets instead of metal ones — that way, the only part that's clearly visible is the thin wire itself. And in some situations, braces can be placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, making them all but invisible.

Another type of nearly invisible appliance is the clear orthodontic aligner. The aligner system consists of a series of precision-made transparent “trays” that fit over the teeth. Each tray is worn for a few weeks, and each moves your teeth by a small amount; together, they can help correct mild to moderate orthodontic problems. And the best part — they're really hard to notice! That makes them perfect for both adults concerned about a “professional” look, and image-conscious teens.

So if you're a TV star — or if you'd just like to have a brighter and better smile — it's never too late to get started! If you would like more information about orthodontics, please contact us for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.”