Cosmetic Dentistry: Roger’s Million Dollar Smile

Roger Smith has been coming to Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry for three years. Him and his dad have been regular visitors of the office and the team enjoys when they come in. Roger’s jokes are endless and always have a way of brightening the team’s day.  So when Dr. Truong was given the opportunity to provide cosmetic dental work to one lucky patient, Roger was a no-brainer.  (See Roger’s case and other Cosmetic Dentistry cases)

Dr. Truong and Roger teamed up with California Center for Advanced Dental Studies (CCADS) in San Francisco to perform the advanced cosmetic procedure. Roger came in for his first appointment where Dr. Truong consulted with Roger about his expectations, took pictures and impressions.

At Roger’s next appointment in San Francisco the entire team came to watch Dr. Truong prepare his teeth,  a procedure where the teeth are made the perfect shape to fit the veneers. Then he was fitted with natural looking temporary teeth. At Roger’s final and long anticipated appointment he was fitted with eight permanent,  and beautiful, veneers.  As long as Roger maintains good oral hygiene at home and continues to see us for his regular cleanings his veneers will last him a long time.

Q & A with Roger

What has been your experience with Dr. Truong & the Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry Team? Everyone is always professional, informative, enthusiastic, friendly and sincerely caring.

Before your veneers what were your concerns in regards to the way your smile looked? I was hesitant to smile and embarrassed to show my teeth

What was the process like getting veneers? The process was pleasant. The preparation was simple and the measurements were exact. The placement of the veneers was painless and did not take long.

Are you happy with your results? Extremely. I feel more confident and I am no longer hesitant to “show off” my new smile.

What are you most happy about? My top teeth are now straight, even, aligned, and bright!

What is the next step you will take to complete your smile? I’m going to the orthodontist to correct my bottom teeth with braces first and then I will finish with veneers.


Teeth Whitening – Three Options to a Brighter Smile

Seriously, is there a better accessory to that glowing skin that we are all blessed with every summer than a perfectly white smile? I say no, but if you said “six-pack abs” I wouldn’t disagree.


Really though a perfectly white smile is attainable with the technology that is readily available to ordinary people, like you and me.  Celebrities, other rich guys and their trophy wives are no longer the only people that can enjoy teeth that are NOT stained by years of coffee, wine, and tobacco. You can, too!

There are three types of whitening that you should consider: in-office, professional teeth whitening, at-home whitening trays from the dentist, and teeth whitening strips.

Option 1: In-office teeth whitening. If you are getting ready for a photo shoot, a wedding, a vacation, or any other milestone event the only way to go is an in-office professional teeth whitening at the dentist. You are looking at a $500-$700 bill but the results are instant and will continue to get better over the course of the next two weeks.

Option 2: Take-Home Teeth Whitening Trays. Have an event coming up in a month that you are preparing for? I mean really preparing, like, have your outfit purchased, hair appointment made, car rental scheduled and guaranteed prepared. If so, then take-home bleach trays from the dentist are an awesome option. They come at a significantly lower cost than in-office bleaching and can be used for as long as you want, provided that your teeth don’t shift. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth to create the trays and they should be ready within 24 hours. Your teeth will reach the maximum whiteness after approximately two weeks.

The bleach that you will use at home has a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide. You can purchase bleach from your dentist, dental assistant, or hygienist anytime that you want. Bleach trays are also a good idea for those who dropped a big payment on the in-office bleaching and who would like to maintain their white smile for years.

Option 3: Teeth Whitening strips.  Just want whiter teeth but are in no rush? Guess what? Those whitening strips work wonders at removing surface stains for anyone. Smoker? Coffee drinker? Wino? Soda pop lover? You are in luck! Whitening strips cost anywhere between $35-$50 for a two-to-four week supply. Read the instructions carefully for how long and frequently you should wear the strips. Some teeth whitening strips requiring wearing them two times a day for 14 days straight while others are less strict, and also less effective. Teeth whitening strips are also really effective at maintaining a white smile.

Who shouldn’t buy in to teeth whitening: those with veneers, tetracycline staining, or dead teeth. There is nothing any dentist can do to make your teeth whiter. See a dentist near you to visit your options.

No teeth whitening toothpaste or magic teeth whitening light will replace regular dental visits. One might be surprised at the amount of surface stains a simple teeth cleaning will remove.

Get your tan on, folks! And take along a white smile and some sunscreen.

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Is professional teeth whitening for me?

It wasn’t long ago that professional teeth whitening or teeth bleaching seemed unattainable to regular people. We often speak to patients who are so embarrassed by their smile stained with layers of soda, coffee, and tobacco. Whether you choose for the more effective professional whitening or the whitening products at the pharmacy the real truth is that it works! Almost everyone can see substantial improvement from 4 to 8 shades whiter with this cosmetic treatment. You can find our latest teeth whitening special here.

Teeth Whitening Options

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening: the major benefit of in-office whitening is that in a short period of time you can see massive results. A typical visit lasts just 2 hours. Gums are painted with a rubber dam for protection against bleach and then the teeth are bleached in 20 minute intervals. All patients and their teeth are different. Some will require an additional visit or will be instructed to continue bleaching at home with a take-home whitening system from the dentist. A typical teeth whitening treatment costs $650, on average.
  •  Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening Systems: Dentists can make custom bleaching trays for patients that resemble an athletic mouth guard. They are just as effective as in-office teeth bleaching but take longer to see results because they contain a lower concentration of peroxide. They can be purchased from your dentist for $100-$400.
  •  Over-the-counter whitening: The strips, one-size-fits-all trays, and bleaching pens that you purchase at the store are the most affordable and arguably the most convenient forms of whitening. They contain a lower concentration of peroxide than found in the take-home trays from the dentist. These methods usually only whiten the front teeth whereas the other options whiten all the teeth. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products cost between $20-$100.
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Teeth Whitening Risks

Gum irritation, Technicolor teeth, and sensitivity are all a possible side effects of in-office teeth whitening. For in-office bleaching more than half of patients feel some sort of gum irritation. It can last up to a few days or until the bleach stops working. Technicolor teeth results from fillings, bridges, and veneers that do not change color during the bleaching process. They stay the same color while the surrounding natural teeth whiten. It is also likely that patients will experience sensitivity. This occurs most often during in-office bleaching because the potency of the bleach is much higher. Sensitivity usually last for a day but can last up to a month.

You should call your Sacramento Dentist for a consultation to see if you are a bleaching candidate as all patients and their teeth vary. The dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination and discuss hygiene with you to determine which method is for you. You may find more information about teeth whitening at