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Posts for: July, 2015

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D
July 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Opalescence WhiteningIf you are one of the many Danbury, CT residents considering whitening their teeth, you have a couple of options. You could visit your local dentist for professional teeth whitening, or you could simply pick up an over-the-counter product the next time you are at the store. Which is better? Why not choose the solution that offers the best of both worlds: Opalescence Whitening from George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D?

What is Opalescence Whitening?

Opalescence Whitening is a highly customizable, safe and effective at-home whitening product that is only available by visiting a dentist such as Dr. Landress in Danbury, CT. Opalescence Whitening combines the real results of seeing a dentist for a consultation with the practicality and convenience of at-home whitening, for a beautiful end result you're sure to love.

How Does Opalescence Whitening Work?

What many people do not realize is that not all stains are the same. Some stains sit on the surface of your teeth, while others hide deep within the enamel, where they are harder to treat. While many over-the-counter treatments can remove some surface staining, for deep stain fighting power you need a stronger solution.

Opalescence Whitening's ingredients don't just brush off a few surface stains. They dive deep into your tooth enamel to break up deep staining and to whiten the entire tooth from the inside out. The end result is a set of beautiful, vibrant teeth that are truly white.

What are the Benefits of Opalescence Whitening?

Opalescence Whitening is different from its competitors in that it offers professional results in an at-home setting. With Opalescence Whitening, you can receive the benefits of a professional dental consultation, custom trays and highly tailored instructions that are an exact match for your unique dental health. Plus, by working with a dentist, you'll also receive any troubleshooting advice you might need, such as how to treat tooth sensitivity or other common tooth whitening symptoms.

Furthermore, Opalescence Whitening contains ingredients that actually strengthen your teeth, reduce your chances of cavities and fight tooth sensitivity. The gel won't spread to your soft tissues, and it comes in four different concentrations and three different flavors for maximum customization. With Opalescence Whitening, you get a superior product and a whitening plan that is just perfect for you.

If you are ready to see real results on your terms, Opalescence Whitening from your Danbury, CT dentist is one excellent option. Call Dr. Landress with any questions or concerns you may have or to set up an appointment for your custom trays today.


Good nutrition is vital for maintaining health and preventing disease, especially for your mouth. A diet rich in whole foods — fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy products — and low in sugar will not only promote strong teeth and gums, but lessen your chances of developing tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

Diet is also a prominent factor in reducing the risk for another serious mouth disease — oral cancer. While oral cancer makes up only 3% of total cancer cases reported annually, the five-year survival rate is a sobering 50%, much lower than for other types of common cancers. While genetics plays a role in your susceptibility to oral cancer, lifestyle choices and practices present the greater risk factors for the disease.

Of these lifestyle factors, refraining from tobacco products, moderating your alcohol consumption and avoiding risky sexual behavior are of primary importance in reducing your cancer risk. With that said, you should also take into account the foods that are part of your daily diet — both what you should and shouldn’t eat. As an example of the latter, some foods contain a class of chemicals known as nitrosamines that are carcinogenic (cancer-causing). One such chemical, nitrite, is used as a preservative in meats like bacon or ham, and may also be found in beer, and seafood products.

On the positive side, your diet should be rich in foods that supply antioxidants, substances that protect the body’s cells from damaging, unstable molecules known as free radicals. The best sources for antioxidants (more so than dietary supplements) are plant foods rich in fiber and vitamins C and E. Eating more of these may also reduce your intake of nitrates, animal fat and saturated fat.

Adopting a moderate, nutritious diet, along with exercise, can have a huge positive impact on your general health and quality of life. Along with other lifestyle changes, better dietary choices can also help ensure a healthy mouth and reduce your risk of oral cancer.

If you would like more information on the role of nutrition in reducing your risk of oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diet and Prevention of Oral Cancer.”


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.”