WHITE DRESS… Yellow Teeth?

WHITE DRESS… Yellow Teeth?

Wedding season is around the corner and at our office, this usually means a rise in cosmetic procedures. Whether you’re the bride or groom, or if you are simply a participant or a guest, having a bright beautiful smile is now back on the priority list. There are many paths to a whiter smile, some are easy and inexpensive, while others can put a bit of dent in the pocketbook.


The simplest thing you can do for a whiter smile is to get a professional cleaning at your dentist. Oftentimes the yellowing we see on our teeth
is simply superficial staining that has built up over time. A good cleaning and polishing usually will result in an immediate lightening of your teeth. Follow up your fresh new smile with the purchase of a mechanical toothbrush.

There are several brands of electric toothbrushes out there, as long as they come with a wall charger, and are not just battery operated, they should work much better than a manual brush to maintain your healthy smile.
Teeth whitening procedures have become commonplace and prices have come down significantly.

Everyone’s teeth tend to whiten at different rates however, so some products may work for you while others may seem like they accomplish nothing. Over-the-counter whitening products are effective, but tend not to give you that “wow” factor. Also the results usually fade pretty quickly. The most effective and long-lasting method of whitening is consistent at-home whitening with custom trays made by your dentist. Follow that up with an in-office whitening treatment and you have a recipe for bright beautiful teeth!


On a scale of 1-10 how do you rate your smile? Is there something about your smile that you would like to change that you’ve simply never had the motivation to take care of? Maybe you have one crooked tooth that has been an eyesore, or possibly some minor spacing or crowding of your teeth that always has bothered you. Get a cosmetic consultation with your dentist. Perhaps you can correct that problem with some easy to wear removable orthodontic aligners, or possibly enhance your smile with porcelain veneers. Both options can result in amazing results, achieved in a very small amount of time.

If you are helping to organize a wedding, remember the bride and groom are not the only ones in the spotlight. People are looking very closely at the mother and father of the bride and groom as well as any one else taking a prominent role. It may be a hard conversation to have, but if you notice something obviously wrong with their smile: a missing tooth, a dark spot that may be a cavity, you should definitely let them know. Trust me, they’ll thank you later when they see how beautiful their pictures turned out!


You never want to wait until the last minute to get that check up. If the dentist finds a problem that needs to be remedied, getting in early is always a better way to go. Fixing a cavity may not take very long, but if more extensive work is needed you definitely don’t want to wait until the week of the wedding to get it fixed. The last that anyone wants is to be miserable with tooth pa on their wedding day.Which brings us to the honeymoon!

If you plan on going out of town or out of the country, go see your dentist well before you leave. You don’t want to be forced to seek out a dentist in an area you are unfamiliar with. Depending on where you go, the quality of care may not be at the standard you are used to, which can make for some rather difficult and uncomfortable decisions about your dental care.


Finally, if you are getting married soon and if you are not totally satisfied with your dentist, this is the best time to look for one that you can keep for the long haul. Maybe your fiance loves their dentist. Consider switching, so you can both be seen at the same practice. Does your dentist see children? If you plan on starting a family, this suddenly becomes a pertinent question.

Just as you are making an important decision about who you’ll be spending the rest of your life with, it’s also important to use this moment to plan out other aspects of your life. Medical, dental, financial, professional, all of these parts of your life now should be considered with your future family in mind.


Saqib H. Mohajir DMD, FADIA

Dr. Mohajir is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and is a Fellow of the American Dental Implant Association. He maintains a private practice in Lemont, Illinois.

We hope this letter finds you well! We know it's been difficult for everyone during this challenging time, and we just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten about you! We've been open but only seeing emergency patients during the last 8 weeks, as was mandated by the Governor of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Public Health.


As of May 11, 2020, we have been given the green light to reopen for routine dental care. During the last couple months, as we've been seeing emergencies, we have been making daily adjustments to our protocols to ensure they are meeting and exceeding the guidelines given to us from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Research is ongoing, and we are prepared to adopt new guidelines as evidence emerges. We are thrilled to be opening our doors again to all of our existing patients, and we look forward to welcoming new patients to the practice as well. To give us time to acquire the necessary supplies and implement changes, we will be fully open as of June 1, 2020 for routine dental care.


We have implemented a number of new protocols in addition to our already rigorous infection-control standards:


  • All patients will be screened prior to their appointment with a CDC-approved questionnaire.
  • We will be asking you to stay in your car until you are sent a message to come in for your appointment.
  • We will be asking you to wear a mask before you enter the office; this goes for minor children as well.
  • We will ask you to use hand sanitizer once you enter, and will provide you with gloves to put on afterward.
  • We will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to 1 individual at a time, unless a parent needs to accompany a minor. Once a minor child is brought back for treatment, we will be asking the parent to return to their car to wait until treatment is complete.
  • We will be taking temperatures before you enter the treatment area.
  • We will have you rinse with an antimicrobial mouth rinse after you are seated.
  • We have implemented additional air purification standards to reduce aerosols and contaminants in the whole office.
  • You will see the staff wearing more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than we were wearing before. This is not just for the protection of the staff, but also to prevent cross-contamination to the patient.


We are requesting that you be patient with us during this time. We will all be adapting to a new normal, and that can be frustrating for everyone involved. Appointment times will take approximately 20-30 minutes longer than previously, to allow us the time needed to effectively implement the changes we talked about above. We would not recommend scheduling your appointments on days where you have a very tight schedule to maintain, as there may be unexpected delays.


We can't wait to get back to the work of getting you smiling again!


Thank you!

Saqib H. Mohajir, DMD

Pinewood Dental


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