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By Rochester Dental
May 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Is your bright, white smile only a fond memory these days? It's not unusual for your smile to fade over the years, but it doesn't have to stay dull and yellow. Teeth whitening offers a simple, effective way to brighten your smile. Your Troy, MI, dentists Drs. William Carmody and Debra Halsey offer teeth whitening and other services that improve your smile, here at Rochester Dental.

How can teeth whitening help you?

Right or wrong, society places a high value on white teeth. Yellow teeth may make you look older or feel less confident in social or work situations. Teeth whitening in Troy easily removes stains that dull your smile, improving your appearance and your self-esteem.

How does teeth whitening work?

Brushing alone won't keep your smile white. Brushing can't remove dark pigments from foods and beverages that tend to become trapped in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. During a teeth whitening session, your Troy, MI, dentist coats your teeth with a gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. The gel oozes into the tiny pores and breaks apart the pigments that cause stains, leaving your smile brighter.

Before your treatment begins, a protective gel will be applied to your roots to reduce sensitivity. Plastic retractors placed in your mouth will prevent your lips and cheeks from coming into contact with the whitening gel. Every professional treatment also includes a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Without this crucial step, your teeth might look speckled after your cleaning, as hydrogen peroxide can't lighten plaque and tartar.

Professional whitening only takes about an hour and may lighten your smile by as much as three to eight shades.

Why should I choose professional teeth whitening?

Professional-strength whitening agents work much faster than over-the-counter products because they contain higher formulations of hydrogen peroxide. In fact, most people only need one whitening session at the dentist's office.

Professional whitening is also safer and offers more consistent results. If do-it-yourself trays don't fit your mouth precisely, or strips don't cover your teeth completely, your teeth may appear two-tone. After a professional whitening session, your teeth will be uniformly white. 

Brighten your smile with teeth whitening. Call your Troy, MI, dentists Drs. William Carmody and Debra Halsey of Rochester Dental at  (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
February 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Dental Bonding and Your Teeth

Dental bonding is a simple, inexpensive procedure used to repair cracked or broken teeth. Also known as "tooth bonding," this non-invasive procedure applies a composite resin to your teeth which repairs and restores small damages. To find out if dental bonding is right for you visit Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, where Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey can fill you in on the full dental bonding process.

How Does Dental Bonding Repair Your Teeth?

Dental bonding is most commonly used to repair teeth that have been chipped or cracked from mouth trauma. Anyone can crack a tooth, whether an incident on the court or an accident with a cup, a chipped tooth can cause a variety of dental health problems. Fixing broken teeth is vital for your oral health. It helps you chew and speak properly to prevent further damage to your mouth. Luckily, tooth bonding can easily repair a tooth in as little as one visit to your Troy, MI, dentist.

To repair the tooth, a composite resin is applied to the affected area to fill in the gaps and reshape the tooth. The resin is very pliable which allows the dentist to mold it into any shape and match it to any shade. After the resin is applied, your dentist will use a strong UV light to set the bonding and your tooth repair will be complete. The bonding reshapes broken teeth to a healthy state so you can smile, eat, and speak freely without embarrassment.

Is Dental Bonding Right for Your Teeth?

If you are looking for an inexpensive solution to gapped or chipped teeth then dental bonding is perfect for you. Tooth bonding is one the most cost-effective procedure performed by dentists. A single visit can have a major impact on your smile, so let cosmetic dentists Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey improve your smile today at Rochester Dental.

Tooth bonding is not only for minor accidents, it can also repair defects in teeth such as discoloration, gaps, or short teeth. These cosmetic corrections are used on patients every day to great success. Even if your teeth are mostly healthy, dental bonding could repair uneven teeth giving you a perfect smile to be proud of.

If you are looking for an economical and effortless solution to your dental troubles, Rochester Dental is here for you. Get your next Dental Bonding in Troy, MI, with Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey. Call (248) 528-0700 to find out more information or to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
December 14, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A bright, white smile is on everyone's wish list, but for many of us achieving a stunning smile takes a little work. Eating and drinking habits, smoking, age, and oral hygiene can gray or yellow your teeth, but fortunately, you can brighten your grin with these teeth whitening tips from Dr. Debra Halsey of Rochester Smiles in Troy.


Brushing frequently is key to keeping your teeth from becoming stained from food or drink and to prevent yellow plaque and tartar from forming. Make sure to brush thoroughly, and try a toothpaste formulated to whiten teeth to help brighten your teeth.

Teeth Whitening kits

There are many kinds of teeth whitening products available at drugstores, including strips, gels, brush-on liquids, and trays. Depending on the percentage of hydrogen peroxide in the product, you can experience impressive whitening results with consistent usage. Ask your dentist at our Troy office to help you select the formula that will best work for you, especially if you have sensitive teeth.

Dental cleanings

Regular cleanings and exams at our Troy office are essential for keeping your teeth healthy and white. With our professional tools, we can buff away stains and plaque to brighten your teeth and improve your overall oral health.

Lifestyle habits

Your food and beverage choices can impact the whiteness of your smile, with red wine, coffee, and tea among the common culprits for teeth staining. Smoking can cause severe graying that is hard to remove. Quitting smoking improves both the appearance of your teeth and your oral and whole-body health.

In-office whitening

At our Troy office, we offer professional teeth whitening using a higher level of hydrogen peroxide than is available in over-the-counter formulas. A professional whitening treatment offers the most dramatic results, especially for teeth that are severely stained, yellowed, or gray.

A gorgeous smile can be yours with the help of Rochester Dental in Troy. Call us today at 248- 528-0700

By Rochester Dental
August 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Cosmetic Dentist  

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Help You

Because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, you want it to be bright and healthy-looking. But if you have flaws such as chips, cracks, or stains, this can affect your appearance and your confidence. This is where cosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference. Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. William Carmody are cosmetic dentists at Rochester Dental in Troy. They can help you with a smile makeover that will renew your confidence.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry and How They Help

Troy dental patients can benefit from cosmetic dentistry in the following ways:

  • Eliminate stains and discoloration: Professional teeth whitening is not only safer than using home whitening kits, but it is also much more effective than a DIY method. It is currently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and it can improve the whiteness of your teeth by up to seven shades.
  • Replace missing teeth: Whether you have one or two gaps, or you are missing all your teeth, Dr. Halsey and Dr. Carmody can restore your natural appearance and function of your teeth with a choice of tooth restoration treatments including removable dentures, dental bridges, dental crowns, and dental implants.
  • Correct misshapen teeth: If you have teeth that are worn down, chipped, too small, or twisted, you can have your teeth reshaped using crowns or porcelain veneers.
  • Restore damaged teeth: Teeth that are broken or severely damaged or weakened due to tooth decay, injury, or large fillings can be strengthened using dental crowns. These will add structure and support to your teeth and restore full function.

If you live in Troy and you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry treatments, call Rochester Dental at 248-528-0700 to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth loss is a serious problem. It can cause bone deterioration and jawbone recession. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, provide several tooth loss replacement options.

Here are a few tooth loss replacement options:

Dental implants: Dental implants replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or all teeth. The procedure has a 95% success rate. Your dentist places a titanium post into the jawbone to fuse together, through a process called osseointegration which takes about 3-to-6 months to complete. A connector is then placed over the post to anchor a crown that matches the rest of your teeth. Once the restoration is complete, you'll walk out of your Troy dental office with a rejuvenated smile.

Fixed Dental Bridges: This replacement option replaces a single missing tooth or several missing teeth in the same area. A fixed bridge literally bridges a dental gap by replacing the missing tooth with a dental prosthetic tooth. The artificial tooth is attached to adjacent teeth and bonded in place. Fixed Dental Bridges correct and re-distribute bite function, they're easy and comfortable and help maintain the integrity of your jaws.

Removable partial dentures: This dental restoration replaces multiple missing teeth in one part of your smile. The dentures are attached to a natural-looking pink base that looks like gums. Natural teeth support dentures by holding the pink base in place. Removable dentures may also have a clasp that improves stability. The advantages of these dentures is they make it easy to maintain a healthy dental regimen, improve bite and chewing function, and, of course, improve your smile.

There are many options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. You should contact our Troy, MI, dentists, Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey, at Rochester Dental by calling 248-528-0700 today.