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Modern teeth whitening treatments are better than ever: great news for anyone who wants to whiten their teeth. At Jeff Gray | Espire Dental in La Mesa we offer safe and effective products and systems that give you the brightest smile you can imagine.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. Just take a look at all the whitening products that are available in any grocery store and you’ll see what we mean. From whitening toothpastes to strips and other products, there is a lot to choose from.

While most of the commercially available products do an adequate job whitening your teeth, they cannot compare to professional teeth whitening. And who wants to settle for adequate, anyway?

We have two options: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Our in-office whitening can be completed in a single appointment, and leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. The at-home whitening also delivers fantastic results, but lets you proceed at your own pace.

At Jeff Gray | Espire Dental in La Mesa, teeth whitening is one of our most in-demand cosmetic dentistry procedures. We’ve improved the smiles of people from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee. Schedule an appointment to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

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Most of us would like to have white teeth and a great smile. But discolored or just plain yellow teeth is common, especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we can fix that.

Tooth enamel is a little like skin. It has pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:

  • Tobacco and other smokable substances
  • Sodas and other dark colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
  • Not practicing daily oral hygiene
  • Not having proper dental care

If you want to lighten your teeth, the above will consistently work against you.

We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. (There are other good health reasons, too.)

If, in spite of your best efforts, your smile is still dull, professional teeth whitening from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can revive it. People throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with their smiles! We also offer complete restorative dentistry, and much more. Call today to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Making The Cost Of Dental Treatment Palatable At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry

cost of dental crowns San DiegoA healthy smile is priceless and superior dental care is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life. But the cost for treatment and precision restorations can sometimes be prohibitive. Knowing what to expect price-wise can make your dental visit more palatable.

Obviously, the cost of some procedures such as crowns versus fillings is dependent upon unknown factors. X-rays can show the basic problem but sometimes the extent of the damage isn’t clear until we get in there. Our caring staff works to offer estimates based on best-case and worst-case scenarios.

Nailing down the cost is much easier once the overall treatment plan is established. Dr, Jeff Gray performs an oral exam, reviews the patient’s dental history, and consults with the patient before creating an estimate. The price is influenced by the patient’s current condition, cosmetic goals, and long-term functionality.

Usually, the cost of treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, denture fittings, and the price of cosmetic dentistry can be explained at the initial consultation with Dr, Gray. We encourage our patients to take some time to review the options before they decide on which elective procedures to pursue. We never pressure our patients to make a quick decision about something as vital as dental treatment.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to customized patient-focused care. Often the treatment plan will be extended over several visits to allow healing and adjustment in the mouth before doing more work.

With restorations, the most conservative treatment is always preferred. The cost is weighed with priority for adequate eating and speaking functionality. Personal confidence in appearance is also taken into account and given priority.

Dr, Gray has been practicing friendly dentistry since 1986. If you are in the market for TMJ treatment or Invisalign but are worried about how much it will set you back or whether your insurance company covers the procedure, then call 619-337-7700 today and let us look into it for you.

Feel free to shop around and compare our economical prices to other dentists in the area – but be wary of bargain-basement dental advertisements. Many ads present a false picture of the actual cost of the treatment. And, do you really want to trust your smile to the lowest bidder?

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Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a conscious effort to refrain from smiling in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a meaningful effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling supports our quality of life in a host of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to validate this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Decreases Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that decrease your stress level.

3. Smiling Bolsters Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have established several ways smiling can improve the chance of a favorable outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, convey honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield meaningful improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers. Let’s discuss the possibilities for your smile. Call 619-337-7700 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Whitening vs Bleaching At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening vs Bleaching At Jeff Gray DDS - Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry In La Mesa

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry provides in-office or through a take-home kit. Results vary, but most patients observe significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile boosts self-confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.

Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, refer to two different things. Surface cracks and stains arise on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark-colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic— like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce—have even stronger staining power.

Teeth whiteners can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and reasonably priced and can illuminate teeth with continued, regular use. The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, regular use to see results.

Whitening products that do not contain bleach can usually make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for men and women with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry advises pregnant or nursing mothers to decide on the non-bleach whitening products.

The term “bleaching” is used to describe a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be carried out in-office by your dentist. Bleaching can commonly achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains, can be effectively lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.

Call the friendly team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation!

We Bring Smiles To Life

The following online articles were used as source material for this post:

Linda Dyett, ‘Teeth Whitening: How it Works and What it Costs,’ Consumer Guide to Dentistry, September 12, 2011, http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/teeth-whitening/.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012
‘How to Whiten Teeth,’ What’s Cooking America, http://whatscookingamerica.net/HealthBeauty/TeethWhitening.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwashes say they can brighten your teeth, it’s natural to think about changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpaste works by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This commonly results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of La Mesa dentists offer speedy in-office teeth whitening procedures that can frequently improve your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using unprecedented cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, San Diego dentists are helping patients get the remarkable look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr, Jeff Gray, a La Mesa dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Alpine, El Cajon, or Santee area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 619-337-7700.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer gum disease treatment, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, and TMJ treatment.

Call for your appointment today!

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Is Mouthwash A Must?

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If you’ve ever walked the oral care aisles of any drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they help meet your oral care needs?

Many men and women wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two critical habits that have the greatest effect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash required?

I’m Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the instructions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as touted. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same merit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the problem. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the problem because they can cause dry mouth—a condition that can worsen bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are usually more effective for freshening breath. These products are often called fluoride rinses.

If you have severe bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked out for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to ascertain the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, decide on a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

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My practice, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, provides premium dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 619-337-7700. A member of my friendly staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s look at some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam when normally brushing.

Working up a good foam is accomplished by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than a 90-degree angle. The foaming aids in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are ideal for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Additionally, remember that flossing is critical and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:

  • Wet a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste
  • Brush at a 45-degree angle
  • Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
  • Cover every surface of every tooth
  • Swish around in the mouth before spitting out
  • Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
  • Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, outstanding dental practice in La Mesa. We are committed to dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr, Jeff Gray has been serving La Mesa area families since 1986. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. Contact us at 619-337-7700.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic procedures we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

We Bring Smiles To Life

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Everyone in La Mesa wants a winning smile. But as we age, it can get harder and harder to keep your smile dazzling.

Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

These irregularities are usually simple to correct.

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The friendly staff at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry have been brightening smiles since 1986. Let’s review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and smile makeovers. See https://www.dentalimplants-sandiego.com for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with Dr. Jeff Gray and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would it take to achieve the same results as same-day teeth whitening?

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth. Here are key parts of a spectacular smile:

Smooth, consistent color
Straight, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Would you like to improve one of these characteristics?

Get clear, accurate information about veneers, teeth whitening, clear braces, tooth implants, crowns, and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, just ask the experts at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry! We have financing options.

Though our office is located in La Mesa, we serve patients from San Diego as well as Santee, Alpine, and El Cajon.

For dependable, quality cosmetic dental care, Dr, Gray DDS is ready. Let’s discuss the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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The Tea And Teeth Question

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Dr. Jeff Gray DDS can help you achieve a beautiful smile in San Diego, La Mesa, or El Cajon. Something that might concern you about your smile is stained teeth. You might wonder if you should investigate tooth whitening.

A common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea. Over time, tea (and the tannins in tea) builds up on the tooth enamel. The darker the tea color, the greater chance it has of staining teeth.

If you want to minimize staining from tea beverages, add some  milk or drink through a straw. Also, rinse your mouth with water. These tips will help reduce future damage.

Good oral hygiene can help reduce stained teeth – but that may not be enough. First, have your teeth professionally cleaned. If that doesn’t help, Dr. Jeff Gray DDS offers a variety of teeth whitening products and procedures. Call us today to get your whiter, brighter smile.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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