Bleachorexia: When to Call it Quits on Teeth Whitening


Bleachorexia, or as I like to call it, bleachomania, is what occurs when someone over-whitens their teeth. I liken it to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), often but not limited to teenagers, where one is continually finding fault with their appearance.

While most of us would like to have a brighter, whiter smile, especially around the holidays, the bleaching process can certainly be overdone. When this occurs the teeth can become irreversibly pinkish-gray, almost translucent at the edges and quite sensitive.

There are many options to achieving a whiter smile including over the counter whitening strips, in-office bleaching, at home bleaching, whitening toothpastes and if all else fails, porcelain laminate veneers. You can find more information at Mouth Healthy, an information website by the American Dental Association or by visiting my website page on teeth whitening.

The most important consideration is that you choose the option right for you. That’s where professional advice is critical. While white strips may be fine for some, I’ve seen so many problems with whitening occur over the years that I would recommend professional supervision with almost any technique.

It’s what folks don’t know that can get them into trouble and potentially ruin that smile that we all want for the holidays!

Any questions on tooth whitening or any other oral health issue, feel free to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA with any questions or concerns or to schedule your next visit so we can talk more about this.

Three Ways That Modern Dentistry Can Help Improve Your Love Life!


Three Ways That Modern Dentistry Can Help Improve Your Love Life!

Don’t believe it? Well, it’s true. There may even be more! I can think of at least three ways that modern dentistry could change your love life. I’ve seen it happen time and again. Here are the three ways that come immediately to mind:

1.Cosmetic Dentistry

Repeated studies have shown that people with attractive smiles have an advantage – at work and at life in general. They are more likely to get that job, a date, or a new spouse because a beautiful smile naturally attracts more positive  attention. Whether it’s tooth whitening, porcelain laminate veneers or cosmetic bonding, dentistry today can help you get that winning smile!

2. Fresh Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a real “buzz kill”. No one wants to kiss someone with bad breath. Most bad breath comes from inadequate home care. Just brushing and flossing properly can solve most of these problems.

Other causes can, however, occasionally be the culprit. These include: smoking, sinus infections, periodontal disease, eating foods that contain aromatic compounds  such as garlic and raw onions that are eliminated through the lungs, and Xerostomia or dry mouth. Whatever the cause, the dental office is the place to start. By asking a few questions we can usually determine the cause and solving the problem can sometimes be surprisingly easy.

3. Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and sometimes life threatening medical condition that is often treated with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines but can in many cases be alleviated with oral appliances. Patients with OSA show more sexual dysfunction relating to erectile dysfunction and sexual dissatisfaction when compared to normal subjects. Treating patients with OSA with oral appliances when possible has been shown in controlled studies to improve erectile dysfunction as discussed by Aarnoud Hoekema in his book: Oral-appliance Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome.

And there you have it, three ways in which modern dentistry can improve your love life! I’d be interested to hear from any of you who have your own stories to share.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Teeth whitening – And may all your Christmases be white!


Many people romanticize about a “white“ Christmas, myself included. The fact is, however, that few people want to see me (their dentist) around the holidays, unless of course they are having a problem! I’ve found though, that most people these days want white teeth, whether for the holidays or anytime throughout the year. So…I thought I would share a few thoughts about getting and keeping those teeth pearly white!

Teeth are actually light shades of orange, yellow, brown or grey. Keeping them bright through faithful home care and frequent professional cleanings is the best way to insure they stay bright without additional measures. Should you want more however, the least expensive way to lighten teeth is with over the counter “white strips”. This can work for many,  but remember, no method can whiten fillings or other dental restorations and some teeth may be resistant to these gels anyway. (Shades of brown and grey are the most difficult to lighten). Always check with us before you attempt to do any tooth whitening procedure.

Your next option, although more expensive,  is really the gold standard..professionally supervised in-office teeth whitening followed by custom fitted take-home trays. Whitening teeth is a process, not a one-time treatment. Professional supervision is really the best way to make certain that you get the results you want and deserve!

Finally, if all else fails, or there are additional issues that need to be addressed like chipped or crooked teeth, you may want to consider porcelain laminate veneers (PLVs). PLVs are custom laboratory-fabricated thin slivers of porcelain that are bonded to the outer layer of one’s teeth. They can be used not only to improve the color of your teeth but to also change the shape and make them look straighter! Next time you are in the office ask to see mine. I’ve had veneers myself for about 4 years now and they were definitely the answer for my situation.

You can see examples of all of these treatments on my website at Whatever your needs are, I’m sure we can meet them and I hope that everyone has a joyous holiday season, a happy New Year, and yes…a white Christmas!