Dr. F. Todd Wortham—or “Dr. T,” as his patients call him—is so well trained in implantology, he finds installing replacement teeth to be fun. The dentist, who has more than 500 hours of continuing education in advanced dental techniques under his belt, has learned to be one with his work to such a degree that even the challenging procedures have become a joy.
Together with longtime colleague Dr. Rachel M. Deininger, Dr. T takes time to get to know each patient who comes through the door or scratches through the drywall. In addition to installing dental implants, the doctors treat periodontal disease, whiten teeth with custom bleaching trays, and fit patients for dentures.
Smiles marred by drinking coffee, tea, and wine or smoking brighten two to eight shades under the ministrations of Smile Labs of Boise, a center specializing in teeth whitening. There, patients paint their own smiles with Applia-Brush gel, a hydrogen peroxide-based formula that hydrates teeth more effectively than showering with an open mouth. Cold blue light from an LED lamp then activates the photosensitive gel, accelerating the whitening process so teeth can achieve the perfect snowy color in 15 minutes.
This practice’s duo of dentists, Drs. Garpetti and Elliott, draw on extensive experience to tend to smiles in need of both general and cosmetic services. Dr. Garpetti followed his dental school education with hospital-based training, gaining advanced knowledge in areas including oral surgery and wearing scrubs. His colleague Dr. Elliott graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine before being awarded an externship to work with special-needs patients.
Together, the professionals pool their resources to cater to patients of all ages with advanced technology such as laser cavity detection, digital x-rays, and intra-oral cameras that never require molars to say cheese. To ensure that visits are as comfortable as possible, the office’s satellite radio headphones pipe in tunes, and video glasses enable patients to watch cable television or movies during treatments.
Using a combination of whitening gel and FDA-approved blue accelerating lights, the DaVinci Teeth Whitening system can leave teeth an average of up to eight shades whiter. During office visits, clients apply the signature whitening solution?an organic plant- and mineral-based gel?to the teeth. A specially designed LED laser light is used with the food-grade hydrogen-peroxide gel to lift lingering stains. Once the tonal transformation is complete, clients may walk away with a brighter, more beautiful, and more confident smile.
People in need of removing stains can pop into SmileLabs of Meridian for a quick professional-grade whitening treatment. While a trained technician oversees the process, clients brush the whitening gel onto their teeth before sitting in front of a whitening light for about 15 minutes. The process, which is entirely self-administered, can brighten teeth up to eight shades.