Teeth bleaching or veneers?


My teeth are really really yellow. I have tried to get them white at home but maybe they are only one shade lighter of yellow. Still yellow though. I am wondering if teeth bleaching from a dentist will help or if I need to get veneers. Which is better? – S.W.

S.W. – Schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. If your teeth can be whitened by a dentist, it is much more affordable that porcelain veneers.

Stains in your teeth are often embedded in them. Dentists have professional-strength whitening gel that will penetrate the stains and break them down. It is likely that whitening from a dentist will work for you.

Porcelain veneers are a last resort for teeth whitening. Some types of stains can’t be removed with teeth bleaching. Depending on the types of stains in your teeth, teeth bleaching can make the stains only more noticeable.

It’s best to see an experienced cosmetic dentist to let you know your options.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

Are my dental implants giving me sinus problems?


I had 4 dental implants places last fall and since I got the implants, I’ve had problems with my sinuses. I never had trouble before that. I spoke with my dentist and he told me that it’s totally unrelated. He didn’t do an exam or x-rays to see if my sinuses are affected by the implants. He just says it’s not related. How does he know that without checking? How can I get him to check? Cynthia

Cynthia – You can ask your dentist to check the implants specifically for impact to your sinuses. But you can also get a second opinion from another implant dentist who will perform the exam and diagnostic studies.

Another option is to schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) to determine the cause of your sinus problems.

If the problem is with your dental implants, you may consider getting a second opinion from a skilled implant dentist on the best way to correct the situation.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.