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There are thousands of different teeth whitening options readily available for you today. Whether it be one of the over the counter solutions offered at the store down the street, or professional whitening treatment from your dentist’s office, it can seem overwhelming having to choose the best option on your own. At Weddington Family Dentistry, we partner with Phillips Zoom Whitening for the safety and long-lasting results our patients want and need out of their professional whitening treatment.

Today, over 10 million Americans have achieved their teeth whitening dreams by choosing Phillips Zoom Whitening treatment. It is actually the most frequently requested professional whitening brand in dental practices all across the United States! Our team trusts Zoom Whitening over other professional whitening treatments because of Phillips’ commitment to the safety and comfort of our patients, and the importance they place on good oral health.

Before we begin the Zoom Whitening process, we place a special protective cover across your gums so that the whitening gel is not able to seep into them. This will prevent that uncomfortable burning sensation you may have experienced with whitening strips that do not fit correctly, or do not stay in place on top of your teeth. Zoom’s whitening gel is also the only professional teeth whitening solution that uses ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) as one of its main ingredients. ACP has been clinically proven to decrease tooth sensitivity, protect your enamel, and even improve the brightness and smoothness of your teeth’s surface.

If you are interested in receiving Phillips Zoom professional whitening treatment, call our front desk team today at 704-782-2630. Any member of our team will be happy to answer any further questions you may have, or help get you scheduled for your whitening consultation to determine which of the Zoom methods is right for you.


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Have you noticed your teeth getting darker due to stains that have built up overtime? If you want fast results to get your teeth almost eight shades whiter than they are currently, Zoom Whitening may be your best solution. It only requires ONE appointment with us at Weddington Family Dentistry to achieve the bright, white smile you desire. We have gathered the information below to help you decide if Zoom whitening is the best whitening path for you.

Phillips Zoom is an in-office teeth whitening solution that will give you the results you desire in just one visit to our office in Concord, NC. We will begin the appointment by having one of our dental experts prep your mouth and gums for your professional whitening treatment. We offer two different variations of Zoom whitening, which we will help you pick based on your individual budget, time, and whitening goal. One method utilizes an LED lamp to accelerate the effects of the whitening gel, enhancing your coloring results. The other method simply applies a thin coating of whitening varnish to each of your teeth, which dries almost instantly, and will need to be brushed off after 30 minutes. With both professional whitening methods, we end your treatment with extra protection against tooth sensitivity and enamel damage to provide you with the highest level of comfort and safety.

Our patients who have undergone Zoom whitening treatment find that they have long-lasting, noticeable results that do not come with over-the-counter solutions you may be tempted to buy from any big-box store. With our professional supervision and Phillips Zoom’s advanced technology, we know that you will be smiling confidently again with shining, healthy looking teeth!

For fast, dramatic whitening results, Zoom whitening is a great choice! To read more in depth on Phillip’s Zoom technology visit their website today! Or, if you have any specific questions or want to schedule your appointment today, call Weddington Dentistry at 704-782-2630 or use our easy online booking system!


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Dental bridges offer a great solution to fix your smile if you are missing a tooth and want to restore your smile to its original beauty. We realize that it may have seemed like a lot to determine your candidacy in general, and that the choices of dental bridges can be overwhelming, so we have worked together at Weddington Family Dentistry to provide you with the information you need to understand the differences between the three main types of dental bridges that our practice offers. 

There are three main types of dental bridges: Traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and Maryland bonded bridges. The Traditional Fixed Bridge is the most common type of bridge. It creates a filler tooth that is supported by crowns placed over top of your healthy teeth on either side of the gap. For this type of bridge to be supported, it is necessary to have strong, healthy teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth will need to be fitted with crowns to provide reinforcement for the bridge to be placed. 

What happens if you are missing a tooth beside the gap where the dental bridge will go? If this is the case, a cantilever bridge might be a better option for you. This type of bridge uses more force on an adjacent tooth to support the bridge rather than one right next door, for long lasting results. 

If you are missing a front tooth, then the Maryland Bonded Bridges is your best option. This bridge is supported by your adjacent, healthy teeth with a metal wing on either side of the bridge, which is situated behind these adjacent teeth. This option does not require crowns on the adjacent teeth like the traditional bridge does, and will not be visible or hinder your beautiful smile in any way.

Each type of dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth, but each is specialized to treat a specific type of situation. If you have further questions about the three types of dental bridges, do not hesitate to contact our front desk team at Weddington Family Dentistry today! A member of our amazing staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 704-782-2630 now!


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Dental Bridges are a great option if you are missing a tooth and want to replace it to get that smile you always dreamed about. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth in between two or more crowns that is placed within your gap. At Weddington Family Dentistry, we have worked together to provide you with the information you need to help take the proper care of your new dental bridge. 

Dental bridges can be challenging to clean since you must clean both in between the teeth that support the bridge and underneath the bridge. Start by brushing your teeth twice a day, as well as soon after consuming any sugary drinks or food. To clean the plaque stuck on your teeth, it is recommended to floss twice a day just as you should between natural teeth. Many dental experts agree that with dental bridges it is also a good idea to add a water flosser into your routine in addition to regular string floss. Water flossers are very effective at removing larger amounts of the plaque that can get stuck between your teeth, and are therefore a great investment for maintaining proper care of dental bridges after they have been placed!

These steps are a great way to keep your bridge clean. Remember to make these actions habits, not just steps right after placement that are soon forgotten. In addition to these cleaning habits, which you perform at home, you also need to continue coming in for regular professional cleanings with us! 

If you have any further questions about proper care of dental bridges, do not hesitate to contact our front desk team at Weddington Family Dentistry today! A member of our amazing staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help set up your next appointment. During your appointment we can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health and immediately determine whether you are a good candidate for dental bridges. Call us at 704-782-2630 or use our easy online scheduler to book your evaluation with us!


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If you have a missing tooth and are looking to restore your smile, then look no further than dental bridges from Weddington Family Dentistry for one of the best restorative solutions. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for your teeth that are placed on either side of your gap, with a false tooth in between. A dental bridge is inserted by one of our dental experts and supported by your natural teeth surrounding it (or by dental implants if you are missing those surrounding teeth, as well.)

The first step in deciding whether you are a candidate for a dental bridge is to determine the number of teeth you are missing. If you have one to three consecutive missing teeth within your mouth, bridges are most likely a great restorative solution for you. Secondly, both your oral and overall health must be in in a fairly good state. Additionally, a good candidate must be free from gum disease, and if they have gum disease, this needs to be treated before moving forward with dental bridges procedures. Moreover, in order to build a bridge, a patient must have a solid foundation on which the bridge can be built. As mentioned earlier, a bridge is supported by natural teeth or implants, which means these teeth have to be healthy and strong with a strong jawbone density supporting them, as well.

Since a bridge procedure is essentially building upon your current jawbone, having good bone density will improve your long-term oral health while also allowing the procedure to go smoothly. If a patient’s jawbone density is not ideal, they can undergo a bone grafting procedure and then have dental implants inserted to provide the bridge’s foundation.

In order to truly determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, do not hesitate to contact our front desk team at Weddington Family Dentistry today! A member of our amazing staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help set up your next appointment. During your appointment we can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health and immediately determine whether you are a good candidate for dental bridges. Call us at 704-782-2630 or use our easy online scheduler to book your evaluation with us.


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Ouch! Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck? If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 704-782-2630. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you as soon as possible. You may also schedule an appointment HERE.

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (preferably cold milk or saliva), and bring them in to your appointment with us at Weddington Family Dentistry. You can also help to preserve your tooth by sealing it in plastic wrap. If you notice any dirt on the root, gently rinse it with your milk or saliva – do not scrub!

3. If you are feeling any pain or discomfort from your cracked tooth, try applying a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If you are experiencing bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad until the bleeding stops. If your bleeding is not subsiding and it is outside of our business hours, visit our partners at Charlotte Emergency Dental on Park Road. They have extended hours on weekends to cater to emergencies just like yours.

It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it. If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out by one of our dental professionals. In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately!


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Most people have heard of the word “plaque,” and know it’s not something you want on your teeth. Yet, they don’t know what exactly plaque is or how it contributes to dental decay and poor oral hygiene. Our team at Weddington Family Dentistry has gotten together to help give you a better explanation!

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that lives on the surface of your teeth and along your gum line. It accumulates from normal, every day activities such as eating and drinking. Plaque build up becomes especially bad if you’ve been consuming a lot of sugars and starches, such as soda, fruit, bread or crackers.

Ever had that fuzzy feeling on your teeth that goes away after you give them a good brush? Yep, that’s plaque. Plaque is what contributes to dental decay because that bacteria likes to consume the sugars in your mouth, which then excretes acids that wear away at your tooth enamel.

When you don’t regularly brush and floss away plaque, it forms tartar. Tartar is the calcified substance on your teeth that only a professional cleaning can remove. During this professional cleaning, one of our dentists or hygienists will use a scaler to scrape the bacteria from in between and at the base of each of your teeth. The more tartar that has built up on your teeth, the longer the cleaning will take, but we will always take careful care to remove every bit we can. In order to keep your teeth tartar and plaque free after our work is done, you MUST commit to a proper oral hygiene regimen.

To regularly remove plaque:

1. Brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste (that has been given the American Dental Association’s seal of approval) at least twice a day.

2. Floss at least once a day to remove plaque that the bristles in your toothbrush cannot reach on their own.

3. Try to maintain a healthy diet and avoid snacking throughout the day as much as possible! If you do feel the need to reach for a snack, always use water to rinse if you do not have a toothbrush available.

3. Visit us for your regular dental cleanings and examinations every 6 months!

Are you behind on your appointments? Call us today at 704-782-2630 or use our easy, online scheduler to book your next visit HERE.


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If there were a quick and painless way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is, as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word “cancer,” thinking about it, and thus detecting it early, is key. That’s why, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you should schedule a visit, because while the oral exam that accompanies your cleaning may not be noticeable to you, it’s often your earliest line of defense in the detection of oral cancer.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the risk factors and symptoms, and consider a few options you may have to help reduce risk. Keep in mind that no list is exhaustive, and to always share with each of your health care providers your concerns and strategies regarding your oral health.

Those at Risk for Oral Cancer

Passing certain age thresholds and engaging in certain lifestyle habits can place you at increased risk for oral cancer. For example, men tend to have higher rates of oral cancers than women.

Here is the shortlist:

  • Patients age 40 and older (95% of all oral cancer cases)
  • Patients age 18-39 who use tobacco, are heavy drinkers or may have a previously diagnosed oral HPV infection

Warning Signs

If you experience any of the below symptoms lasting more than 7-10 days, please seek the advice of your doctor. Also, keep in mind that aside from an obviously sore throat, the below symptoms can present themselves in the absence of pain. Look out for changes that can be detected on the lips, inside the cheeks, palate, and gum tissue surrounding your teeth and tongue. At Weddington Family Dentistry, we do run across such concerns a few times a year and are able to recognize warning signs in our patients to help them get treatment early because they are keeping up with regular dental visits.

Here are a few signs you may able to recognize yourself:

  • Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

Reducing Risk

If you do not visit the dentist regularly, you could be missing out on the benefits of early cancer detection. Currently, just over half of all those diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years – a statistic driven by late diagnosis – so please visit your dentist and get an oral exam at least once a year. If you are considered “high risk,” (see list above) you should be receiving an oral exam at least every six months, if not more frequently.

Below is a shortlist of healthy habits you can start doing now, which may reduce your risk.

  • Avoid all tobacco products
  • Avoid or reduce your consumption of alcohol
  • Consume more fruits and vegetables (good for everything, of course)
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure that can result in cancer of the lip (using a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30 can be helpful) Avoid exposure to environmental hazards (wood dust, formaldehyde, printing chemicals)

Conduct a self-exam monthly so you can catch any of the symptoms listed above. Use a small hand-held mirror so you can see the back of your mouth and tongue Dr. Graichen is a great person to ask for instructions on this sort of home exam. If you haven’t been in for an appointment with us in a while, give us a ring at 704-782-2630, and we can help explain how to perform this exam in-between visits. Click HERE to schedule your next appointment in just seconds!


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Ever look at a photo of yourself that was only taken a few years ago and ask yourself, “Huh, how did my smile look so much brighter back then?” We definitely do. Coffee and red wine are usually the first to get blamed for tooth discoloration, but there are many other causes  that could be the culprit.

Common Reasons for Tooth Discoloration

  • Spotty Dental Routine: We’re definitely a little biased at Weddington Family Dentistry. But if you don’t brush and floss regularly (twice a day everyday!), plaque can harden into tartar, leaving a yellow-brown color along your gums that is impossible to remove without professional help.
  • Diet: Some of the foods we hold dearest to our heart, or even depend on daily in the case of many of our team members — like a big cup of dark coffee every Monday morning — can badly stain our teeth. Besides coffee and red wine, a few of the other top offenders include soda, dark juices, and white wine. Even tea, berries, grapes, tomato and soy sauces can leave dark stains or streaks on your teeth, which most people are not quick to think about.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking and chewing tobacco cause a slew of terrible health issues, the least worrisome of which is yellow teeth. That said, it’s one of the most common aesthetic complaints among tobacco users.
  • Too Much Fluoride: Fluoride is a good thing, but like all good things, too much can be too much, and it isn’t recommended be oral hygiene professionals. Consuming too much of it, like in tap water or through dental care products (like mouthwash), can leave streaks across the surface of your teeth or a brown outline around the base of each tooth.
  • Enamel Decay: Enamel is that hard shell that protects the inside of your tooth. But if it decays or doesn’t fully develop, you may see a variety of stains and changes, including pits, white spots, or yellow-brown streaks. If you suspect decay, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. You can do that in just seconds HERE!

Pardon our sounding like a broken record, but generally, the one great way to prevent teeth discoloration is to take exquisite care of your teeth and your health. Stay up to date with your regular dental visits at Weddington Family Dentistry and always remember to brush and floss everyday.

Here are some of our favorite measures you can take right away to keep your teeth bright:

  • Brush after eating or drinking
  • Floss daily
  • Pass on the sugary foods and drinks
  • Add calcium to your diet
  • Nix any tobacco use

We can help, too! If you’re worried about tooth discoloration and need some help adding more sparkle to your smile, we’re here for you. We offer a number of professional whitening services in our office and for you to take home after your visit, including Zoom! Whitening. Give us a call today at (704) 782-2630 to learn more or to schedule your appointment!


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Let’s say you sprained an ankle. What are your first steps? Most of us probably would say something along the lines of plop down on the nearest couch, ice the ankle, elevate it, add some compression, and see a doctor if it’s a bad sprain. But what about a dental emergency, like a broken tooth? What’s your first step? Don’t be surprised if you don’t know. Most of us aren’t that familiar with the recommendations. But after this post, you’ll be the go-to source if it happens.

So What, Exactly, is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any event that warrants immediate care to save a tooth, stop bleeding from the mouth, or relieve tooth or mouth pain. Some of the most common examples we see at include a cracked or knocked-out tooth or a toothache.

Tips for Treating Common Dental Emergencies

We see our fair share of dental emergencies here in Concord, NC and we’re equipped to handle them all. If you or a family member experience any of the emergencies below, call us as soon as possible, and we will let you know how to move forward and, if necessary, schedule you an emergency appointment.

  • Knocked-out tooth: For adults, place the tooth in the socket without touching the root; if that’s not possible, place the tooth between your check and gums or in a glass of milk. It’s crucial to keep the tooth wet, but potential outside materials found in water could damage the tooth further. For children with baby teeth, come to our office as soon as possible; do not try to place the tooth in the socket.
  • Cracked tooth: Rinse your mouth, and place an ice pack on your face to reduce the swelling. Wrap the tooth up in wet gauze or a towel, and bring it to the office.
  • Toothache Use warm water to rinse your mouth, and gently floss to remove any food. If you note any facial swelling (which may signal infection), schedule an appointment with our Concord dentists or with your primary healthcare provider as soon as possible.
  • Bitten Tongue or Lip: Clean the area with a cloth, or rinse your mouth with water. Apply an ice pack to the area. If the bleeding doesn’t slow, come to our office or go to the ER.

Tips for Preventing Emergencies

Taking the right measures can keep your teeth safe. Here are a few easy precautions you and your family can take each day:

• Use scissors or a tool, rather than your teeth, to open or cut items

• Wear a mouthguard when playing high-impact sports, like football, basketball, and soccer

• Wear a helmet when using a bike, scooter, or skateboard

• Never chew hard foods, like ice and hard candy

• Help young children keep toys and small items out of their mouths

Need More Information?

Give us a call today at 704-782-2630. Everyone here at Weddington Family Dentistry is happy to answer any questions you have! Have a dental emergency outside of our office hours? Our partners at Charlotte Emergency Dental Clinic have extended hours 7 days a week for all of your emergency needs! Check them out HERE or call at 704-525-3939


Weddington Family Dentistry

We are honored that you have chosen Weddington Family Dentistry and we appreciate the trust you have placed in us.

We are committed to being your partner in good oral health. We believe in establishing a long term relationship so we can get to know your unique needs and design a customized treatment program that will help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life.

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