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March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening can be an excellent investment in your appearance and overall dental health. Your teeth can be up to eight shades teeth whiteningwhiter after a treatment at your Grand Haven, MI, dentist's office. Dr. John Leitner and his skilled staff offer in-office whitening treatments that typically take less than an hour, meaning you can have a more attractive and healthy looking smile in just one lunch break. Is teeth whitening right for you? You'll find out here!

Would I benefit from teeth whitening?

For people who have discolorations from coffee, tea or other foods, teeth whitening often makes a huge difference. These stains react well to the peroxide in the whitening gel, which oxygenates them and causes the stain particles to break up into tinier pieces that can be easily rinsed away. The results from in-office teeth whitening are longer-lasting and more dramatic than those from over-the-counter strips or trays.

Who should not use whitening?

Certain stains on the teeth do not respond to the whitening agents because of their chemical makeup or where they originate. For example, people who received rounds of tetracycline, a type of antibiotic, in their childhood may have had their adult teeth permanently discolored gray. This is due to the dentin inside being affected by the chemicals. In these cases, your Grand Haven dentist may suggest bonding or veneers as a way to remedy the stains. Those with decay on their teeth are advised against whitening until those problems are treated.

The best way to find out if teeth whitening is good for you is to contact Dr. John Leitner's office in Grand Haven, Michigan, to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is unique and so is our approach to treating it. We have many different cosmetic procedures available to help you achieve your best smile!

By John Leitner DDS
January 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By John Leitner DDS
February 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Should I Whiten My Teeth? Reasons to consider teeth whitening treatments.

Do your teeth look dark, dull and faded to the point where you don’t want to smile very often? Do you remember when you were teeth whiteningyounger, and your smile was bright and beautiful. Where did that smile go? The truth is there are many factors which have combined to make your teeth dull; but more importantly, there is something you can do about it. It’s time to call Dr. John Leitner, your cosmetic and family dentist in Grand Haven, MI. He can give you back the smile you want and deserve.

You have probably tried some of the whitening products available at your neighborhood grocery store, only to find the results didn’t last long enough or the products made your teeth hurt. Many of the products contain harmful abrasive agents which can damage tooth enamel.

Dr. Leitner has a better idea--it’s called Lifetime Whitening! It works like this:

After your initial exam and cleaning, he will provide you with bleaching trays and solution for a small fee. After that, at each six-month visit, he will give you a FREE complimentary tube of whitening gel, so you can have brightened and whitened teeth for a lifetime. Reasons to consider this procedure include:

  • Professional whitening treatments often have much better results that last longer
  • White teeth help you look younger
  • White teeth boost your self-esteem and confidence
  • You make a great first impression with a bright white smile
  • White teeth make you look better to yourself and others
  • You might have a special event coming up and want to look your best

Whitening results can vary depending on the frequency of treatment and your individual characteristics, but you can be assured, when you choose Dr. John Leitner, in Grand Haven, MI, you have chosen the very best. He is your expert on dental whitening treatments. So are you ready to get started on a new smile? Give him a call today!

By John Leitner DDS
October 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By John Leitner DDS
February 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”