Whitening your teeth: DIY or Dentist?

Should you get your teeth whitened by your dentist, or just do it yourself?
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The thought of going to the dentist isn’t always the most appealing idea to everyone, so many people consider buying an at-home kit to whiten their teeth in lieu of taking a trip to the office. You can easily buy one at the store, they’re relatively inexpensive and you can use them on your own time. So why should you go to the dentist? Both options have their advantages. Take a look at this comparison to see which one works best for you!
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Convenience 
Most people want to be able to whiten their teeth quickly and not have to leave the house, which is why at-home kits may seem to be the better option. However, setting aside daily time at home (sometimes several times a day) to apply the bleach and letting it sit may be impractical for many people.  After all, if the at-home product isn’t used often enough, the bleach will not work properly, leaving some frustrated with the poor results.
Although it requires you to leave the house, having your teeth professionally whitened by the dentist could take just 90 minutes, more efficiently giving a person the results they desire.  Besides, that hour and a half is a great opportunity to sit back and relax, maybe even watch a movie!
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Price
One of the biggest things that turns people away from going to the dentist to get their teeth whitened is the price. It is true that at-home kits are typically cheaper than going to the dentist, but in that instance you are paying for convenience, not quality . Plus, here at Alpine Smiles, we’re offering FREE professional whitening (a $300 value) to new patients with a full dental exam, x-rays, cleaning and acceptable oral health. Call us today to schedule your appointment! 928-774-9553
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Speed
When it comes to quick whitening, most at-home kits will promise immediate results, but it is unlikely that you’re going to have stark white teeth after one use. Additionally, the concentration of bleach in at-home kits can cause sensitivity and pain!  To get the results they promise, you will have to continuously use them on a regular basis, leading to more sensitivity. If you go to have your teeth whitened by your dentist, it will be over in less than two hours and that’s it!
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Safety
One of the most important factors of teeth whitening is safety. Using chemicals on your body in any way has the potential to be dangerous. At-home products can be safe – if they are used correctly. There is a lot of room for error when whitening yourself. But if you go to your dentist, safety will be maintained at all times.
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Results
So which one gives you the whitest teeth? Without question, in-office whitening.  Some people report good results with at-home kit; however, many other people have had terrible experiences with them. They are pretty hit and miss, and if they don’t work, you have wasted your money. If you get your teeth whitened by your dentist, you can feel much more confident that you will get the results you want.
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Both at-home whitening kits and going to your dentist are options if you want whiter teeth. However, your dentist is in a much better position to give you the results you want in a timely manner.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or call our office at 928-774-9554.
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Your friend,
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Joedi
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Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W. University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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How to protect your child’s teeth during sports

Picture this: a middle school baseball player is up for bat. The first pitch is thrown. Strike. The second pitch is thrown. A solid hit. Except, not to the outfield, but rather the face. Blood appears immediately and the coach runs out to assess the injury. The pitcher runs up to apologize, while the catcher searches the ground for the teeth that have been knocked out. You watch helplessly from the stands wondering what happened… Or, if you’re like me, you’re already on the field holding your child.graphics-interchange-format-gif-8d2f265dc23f-1

When your child plays sports, you might often worry about broken bones or sprained ankles. Well, their teeth are equally as important to worry about! Tripping over a hurdle or a basketball off the backboard to the face could chip or even knock out a tooth.

But, parents! Do not fret. I have a solution.

Mouthguards & helmets: for more than just football.  

Yes, yes, I know. Safety–a child’s least favorite word. Trust me, I have twin daughters… I know how hard it is to get them to wear anything that doesn’t look “cool.” My solution? Try showing them these photos from sports related injuries and see what they have to say…

Trigger warning: blood ahead.

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The facts:

  • According to SafeChild.net, 60% of sports-related injuries occur during practice, rather than during games.
  • This year 5 million teeth will be knocked out of children while they play sports
  • It is estimated that helmets save one life each day and prevent one head injury every four minutes (Colgate).
Protect your kids and their precious teeth!
Your friend,
Joedi
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ
86001

Happy Smile, Happy Life

Going to the dentist can be an investment. Sometimes a pricey one, but that’s not to say it’s not an investment. Whether we like it or not, we are judged by our appearance and our smile has the ability to influence how people think of us. And whether we admit it or not, we care what people think of us. 

Now as a doctor, you should know that I do a lot of research before I share things with you–and I share them with good intention. In a recent study by Invisalign, researchers found that American’s believe straight teeth are directly correlated with success. The study found that “those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.” They are also considered 58% more likely to be wealthy and successful.
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The reason that I share this is to show
that there is confidence that comes with being proud of your smile.

Are you proud of your smile?

If yes, then I am very happy for you- my job is complete. (Other than the regular check-ups and cleanings… Let’s not forget about those!) You are comfortable. So walk your walk and be confident in your gorgeous smile.

If no, then let’s talk about your options

I want to make sure that you’re comfortable in your smile. If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile. Whether it be crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, dentures, Invisalign, 6-Month Smiles (my favorite service right now because it doesn’t take very long at all), or even whitening, we can tailor a treatment plan that meets your smile and budget needs. 

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I’m here to make sure you feel comfortable, confident, and successful. Let’s do this.

If you have more questions, please feel free to call our office at 928-774-9554 or office@alpinesmiles.net.

Your friend,
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Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ
86001

Meet Dr. Joedi Pasut, your dentist and friend

Hello friends!

My name is Dr. Joedi Pasut, but you can call me Joedi. I am a proud resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, and an even prouder wife and mother of two girls (TWINS!?). In 2006, after 7 years in Phoenix, my high school sweetheart husband and I realized that we needed to get out of the heat! Always being fond of the pines, we decided Flagstaff was the right place to raise our family. Best. Decision. Ever.

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The view of the San Francisco Peaks right outside our dentist office, in Flagstaff, Arizona

Our family loves everything this wonderful community has to offer… whether it’s hiking Mt. Humphrey’s, camping in the neighboring city of Sedona, biking throughout the urban trails, or and playing with my daughters in the snow… We are always making fabulous memories.

So you may have noticed that my official title is Dr. Joedi Pasut… Well, that’s because I practice the best type of medicine– dentistry. I used to get a lot of, “Why on earth do you want to be a dentist?!” The answer is simple– I have always wanted to help people feel better about smiling. To pursue my dream, I went through A LOT of school… I earned an undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and went on to dental school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. After receiving my doctorate in dental surgery degree, I continued my training and received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Michigan College of Dentistry.

If you have ever been to Flagstaff, you know that there is a certain vibe of inclusion and friendships. That’s the type of feeling that I try to bring into my business, Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry. I cherish the long-lasting relationships I have built with my patients. I enjoy getting to know my patients and all of their dental needs from a first checkup of two years old teeth, to fillings and regular cleaning visits for everyone. Our patients are friends and family.

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We like to have fun in the office! This is from Halloween 2016. Aren’t we a fun bunch of ladies!?

I want to change how people feel about going to the dentist. My patients often express that they forget they are in a dental office. WHAT?! #Goals

Thanks for reading my first blog post! I plan to write one every month and cover topics about my experiences as a dentist and share some helpful tips on how you can enjoy your dental experiences as well.

Your friend,

Joedi