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Lake Mary Dentist, Dentist in Lake Mary, FL

Center For Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry
Jennifer N. Nguyen, D.M.D, F.A.D.I.A  & Associates
3232 W. Lake Mary Blvd. #1400
Lake Mary, FL. 32746  



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Smokers Should "Whiten Up" After Kicking the Habit


"Tobacco users place themselves at an increased risk of oral, lung and throat cancer," said Dr. Jennifer N. Nguyen of Lake Mary, Florida. "In addition to the well-documented health benefits associated with quitting smoking, those who give up tobacco products can dramatically improve their smile by undergoing teeth whitening procedures. Plus, a bright smile is always more appealing when it is accompanied with fresh breath."

The most unattractive thing about a smile is having yellow or discolored teeth. According to the American Cancer Society - Cigarette Calculator, a tobacco user that smokes an average of two packs of cigarettes per week will spend nearly $400 a year on tobacco - quite a bit to put towards a teeth whitening treatment instead!

Teeth whitening treatments are the number one requested cosmetic dental procedures, according to the Levin Group study of dental practices nationwide. Dentist-supervised teeth whitening products remain the best method to help patients erase the nasty stains of tobacco products. The three most common teeth whitening options include:

1. At-home Dentist-Supervised Treatments - Patients wear a custom-fitted mouth tray containing whitening gel for a few hours each day or night. Trays can be adjusted to lighten individual teeth. The average patient wears the tray for one to two weeks. Severe tobacco stains can often be removed with extended use of a home whitening system prescribed by a licensed dentist.


2. In-Office Power Whitening - A whitening gel containing a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. Desired results can often be achieved in just one visit to an AACD member cosmetic dentist. Often, at-home treatments, as described above, may be recommended to enhance the effects.

3. Over-the-Counter Kits - While numerous over-the-counter (OTC) kits are now available, dentist-supervised treatments remain the safest way to remove tobacco stains. OTC trays often fit improperly and can release whitening gel that results in irritated gums and less effective results. A key point to note: dentists can monitor each patient's sensitivity in supervised treatments, but not with OTC kits.

Dr. Jennifer N. Nguyen is practicing at SofTouch Dental. Lake Mary, Florida. For patient consultations, contact the doctor at (407) 323-1010.