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By Comprehensive Dentistry
June 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

While your teeth may look smooth, the outer surface, called the enamel, is actually very porous. It contains tiny pits, ridges and crevices. These little spaces in the enamel trap the pigments from deeply pigmented food and drinks and over time, change the color of your teeth from white or off-white to grayish or yellowish. Here, the office of Drs. Jeffrey Hosford and Carol Karofotias of Comprehensive Teeth Whitening Dental in Atlanta, GA explains the science behind staining from two popular drinks - coffee and wine - and how to keep your teeth white while enjoying them.


Raw coffee beans are actually light green in color, but when they are heated above 285°F, the melanoidins they contain turn the beans a deep brown. This roasting is also what gives coffee its complex flavor. Melanoidins are the pigments that stain your enamel.


Red wine gets its deep hue from the amount of time that the fermenting juice is exposed to the outer skin of the grape. Wine aged in wooden barrels, specifically those made of oak, will also draw in some of the wood's pigments as well. The compounds that give grapes their color are called tannins, which contains molecules that are naturally inclined to bind to surfaces on which they make contact. When that surface is your teeth, they eventually become discolored.

What can be done?

Compounding the problem is the fact that both coffee and wine contain acids, which actually "etch" the enamel and add to the uneven microscopic landscape the teeth naturally have. The most effective solution, therefore, is to avoid these drinks altogether. However, this can be a daunting task for those who need coffee to get their morning started or enjoy wine tasting as a hobby. In this case, your Atlanta cosmetic dentists suggest chewing a piece of sugarless gum after imbibing. This process stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to neutralize the acid buildup from the beverages. Dr Hosford and Dr. Karofotias can also apply whitening treatments in their Atlanta dental office for noticeable stains.

Regular use of whitening toothpastes and keeping up with your bi-annual visits to Comprehensive Dental in Atlanta will help you retain a bright smile while enjoying your favorite beverages.

By Comprehensive Dentistry
February 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Vanna White has been a household name for the last 27+ years and is best known as the first female co-host of the game show, Wheel of Fortune. She radiates a warm, friendly, down-home appeal and says when describing herself, “what you see is what you get!” While this is quite true, there is so much more to her. She has received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame, has starred in an NBC movie and written a book. She is even featured in The Guinness Book of World Records as TV's most frequent clapper, and most recently started her own line of yarn called Vanna's Choice with half of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. And while any one of these accolades could serve as the highlight of a lifetime for most, for Vanna they fall slightly short. Her favorite job is being mother to her son, Nicholas, and daughter, Giovanna.

The following are excerpts taken from an exclusive interview in Dear Doctor magazine, the premier oral healthcare resource for patients and consumers.

What is the secret to her dazzling smile?
Vanna's oral healthcare routine is the same today as it has been since her childhood — and one everyone can follow. She brushes her teeth at least twice a day (morning and at bedtime) and flosses her teeth daily. She also has strong feelings about flossing. “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.”

What about bleaching, has she done it?
Absolutely! Vanna bleaches her teeth once or twice a year to help retain her naturally white teeth and to offset any discoloration from coffee and an occasional glass of red wine. “I have done over-the-counter and professional bleaching, but I do like the trays my dentist made because they fit perfectly.” She also states, “Anything you can do professionally is probably better because I would assume that a dentist's ingredients are stronger than over-the-counter products.”

Has she had any cosmetic dentistry?
When it comes to answering a question about cosmetic dentistry, Vanna is just as open and honest as she is about everything else — a trait for which she is known. “I had a bridge put in probably 30 years ago, where I had a tooth pulled and there was a space. And I did have a little tiny chip on one of my front teeth years ago that my dentist fixed. But that is it. Again, I feel very fortunate to have good teeth. The braces [from her childhood] straightened them out and there has been no need for any cosmetics since then.”

Does she do anything to protect her teeth?
While she admits to occasionally forgetting to use her nightguard, a protective mouthguard worn during sleep, she firmly believes in their need. “I do sleep in a nightguard because I grind my teeth. I have a filling in the back that probably has been filled five times from grinding.” She added, “Both of my children do have mouthguards that they wear for their sports.”

Want a smile like Vanna's?
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about bleaching, cosmetic dentistry or mouthguards. You can also learn more about Vanna by reading the entire interview in the Dear Doctor article, “Vanna White — The Smile Defining America's Favorite Game Show — Wheel Of Fortune.”

By Comprehensive Dentistry
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningAll you have to do is look through the oral care aisle of any drugstore or grocery store and you’ll realize just how many people want to have a whiter smile. It’s not surprising - your smile is usually the first thing a new acquaintance might notice about you. However, most commercial whitening products just don’t make the cut when it comes to offering an effective result. If you are looking to get a whiter smile without sitting in the dentist’s chair, find out about our take-home whitening system in Atlanta.

Is Take-Home Whitening Similar To At-Home Whitening

Similar to the whitening system that we use in our office, our at-home whitening gel is professional-grade and not only remove stains but actually lightens the shade of your teeth! We take impressions of your smile to offer a customized set of dental trays that will evenly distribute whitening gel to all parts of your teeth for a whiter and more uniform smile.

What Is At-Home Whitening Like?

The first step will be to take these dental impressions so we can fabricate two dental trays for you to use. Once these have been made, we will pre-fill the trays with whitening gel so all you have to do is put the trays over your teeth. You will most likely wear the whitening trays for about an hour each day.

There will be a difference, however, between our in-office whitening system and the whitening system we offer from the convenience of your own home. First and foremost, you won’t get the same instant results that you will with in-office whitening because the gel will be a bit different than the one we use on your teeth. Therefore it may take a few weeks to start to see the difference in your smile; however, you will certainly see a more significant result with our at-home whitening than with any commercial product. Over-the-counter products only remove surface stains while our whitening system removes stains and also lightens teeth.

Call Your Atlanta Dentist Today!

If you are interested in take-home whitening, call your Atlanta cosmetic dentist today. Start the New Year with a brighter smile.

By Comprehensive Dentistry
September 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Should You Go to the Dentist to Get Your Teeth Whitened?

We all desire a sparkling, white smile, and while there are many teeth whitening products on the shelves, many of our patients wonder if they work as well as in-office teeth whitening. Comprehensive Dentistry offers in-office teeth whitening and wants patients Teeth Whitening to understand the benefits of choosing our whitening system over the others.

Teeth Whitening at the Dentist
First, we would like for you to take a look at the benefits of getting whitening done at our office.
1.     No other teeth whitening procedure produces fast results.
2.     It is the safest form of tooth bleaching.
3.     If your gums or teeth are sensitive, we have the ability to control the strength of the solution, as well as the use of desensitizers such as potassium nitrate and fluoride.
4.     Stains from aging that have made your teeth yellow, brown, green or grey looking can be whitened efficiently in office.

The Choices We Offer for a Whiter Smile
When you come to our office for a teeth-whitening consultation, you will have a choice of two methods: in-office whitening or take-home whitening.

The take-home whitening is more effective than ones that are bought in stores.

  • In-Office Whitening — This method offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. The gel will be left on for about an hour. When it is removed, the results will be noticeable instantly.
  • Take-Home Whitening — This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater part in ensuring the best possible results. Also be aware that several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. The trays are left in typically for about an hour at a time.

To learn more about our teeth whitening procedures and if it is right for you, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.


When asked about her dazzling white smile, Cat Cora, the first female iron chef on the hit television series Iron Chef America, freely admits to maintaining the brightness of her smile with professional whitening sessions.

“With what I do, whitening your teeth is like getting your hair done, your nails done and everything else you have to do to be on television,” Cat recently told Dear Doctor magazine. However, she does have her limits. “I want my teeth to be white and healthy looking — but not stark white or looking like they could glow in the dark,” she said with a laugh.

Cat's perceptions and experiences with tooth whitening may accurately describe Hollywood, but through the power of media, celebrities and their respective fan bases, having attractive white teeth has become a goal for most people. This is because white teeth are subconsciously associated with youth and virility.

Here in the dental office, we can use professional-strength “power bleaching” to whiten teeth several shades in a single visit. To prevent irritation to the area surrounding the teeth being treated, we isolate the gums and skin of the mouth with a protective gel or a rubber barrier known as a dental dam. After the whitening solution is placed on the teeth, the process may be supplemented by heat or a light source to activate or enhance peroxide release.

For bleaching teeth at home, our office can make custom-fitted bleaching trays that you fill with a gel form of carbamide peroxide. Sometimes this whitening gel can cause a temporary tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, but this normally lasts for no more than four days after you stop bleaching your teeth.

To learn more about tooth whitening, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss what treatment options will be best for you. And to read the entire interview with Cat Cora, please see the article “Cat Cora.”