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The Process of Tooth Whitening

Your smile has the power to make or break you. It can light up a room and build up your confidence. Many professionals attribute lower stress levels, mood elevation, and success in personal and professional life to the smile. But, what if you do not like your smile? It can be difficult to share it, like it, and you may avoid it altogether if your smile is a little ‘off’. Whether the problem is with the color or the placement of your teeth, your smile now doesn’t have to be your smile forever. At Legacy Hill Dentistry, we strive to make your smile something to be proud of.

Cosmetic Dentistry

The Process of Tooth Whitening - Smyrna TN - Legacy Hill DentistryAt Legacy Hill, we offer general dentistry that keeps your teeth and gums healthy and long-lasting, but we also specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Services that keep our patients smiling are important to us. That is why we offer cosmetic products including realistic and beautiful crowns, bridges, implants, as well as realignment and whitening.

A Brighter Smile

Our most requested cosmetic procedure at Legacy Hill is tooth whitening. It’s a fairly simple process sometimes called “bleaching” in which the teeth are brightened, and most stains are removed. Patients who have undergone whitening procedures are more confident at home, at work, and socially. People with bright smiles and beautiful teeth make better first impressions, have a more confident posture, and even speak more clearly and confidently. If this process would benefit you, there is no better time to start than now.

What to Expect

First, in order to evenly treat all of your teeth, Legacy Hill staff will take impressions of your teeth to properly shape the tray. Next, trays are made and properly fitted. These trays will hold the whitening solution which covers your teeth and improves their color. Your dentist will give you detailed instructions on what to do at home. It’s important to follow directions and to understand that tooth whitening is changing the surfaces of the teeth. It can cause sensitivity, and this is normal. Once completed, your teeth will return to normal-except the new, beautiful color! Depending on your teeth and your habits, you may need to repeat the tooth whitening process. The procedure should whiten all of the teeth, but it will not prevent new stains from a daily coffee habit, tobacco use, or other foods that cause stains.

Who Should Consider Tooth Whitening?

You may have discoloration due to foods, drinks, medications, fluoridation, tobacco habits, and time itself. If you want a brighter smile, then tooth whitening is right for you. It’s an inexpensive way to get big results at home, at work, and in the world. If you’re currently getting dental work done, or need dental work done, make sure you talk to your dentist about how best to match the color.

Now is the time to put yourself first. Legacy Hill Dentistry has just what you need for a more healthy and confident smile. Call us at (615) 459-8050 and get started today!

Proudly Serving Patients in Smyrna, TN

One of the fastest growing suburbs of Nashville is Smyrna, TN. Smyrna offers its residents a great quality of life, including a low cost of living, excellent schools, and affordable real estate, and this has made Smyrna a popular choice of a place to call home. Legacy Hill Dentistry was started here in Smyrna in 1995 by Dr. Rick Russell, and in 2014, we added two more dentists, Dr. James Brannen and Dr. Alex Edwards, to the practice to meet the needs of our patients. Providing affordable, quality dental care with honest and professional service is the philosophy of our practice, and we are motivated to assist our patients in reaching the highest attainable level of oral health. With three dental hygienists and four dental assistants, Legacy Hill Dentistry has the experience and dedication to provide every patient with the necessary relationship to establishing and maintaining good dental health. We would like to tell you more about the services we offer to our patients in Smyrna, TN.

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According to the American Dental Association (ADA), regular dentist visits are one of the most important things you can do to maintain optimum oral health. Legacy Hill Dentistry offers routine cleanings and exams to help you avoid dental disease. We also perform tooth-colored fillings, root canals, and extractions; fit dentures and partials; and provide periodontal (gum) therapy as part of our general dentistry services.


Legacy Hill knows how important an attractive and healthy smile is to our patients, and we are proud to provide several cosmetic dental services to our patients that can boost their self-confidence and improve their appearance. Included in these services are crowns, bridges, implants, and teeth whitening. If your teeth are crooked, we can also correct this problem with Invisalign or the “invisible” braces. We strive to make you feel as comfortable as possible when we perform these services.


Did you realize your dentist can help you stop snoring? Legacy Hill Dentistry offers Silent Nite, a device you can wear while you sleep to adjust the position of your jaw to increase air flow. We can also solve your TMJ issues with a night guard that prevents you from clenching and grinding your jaw while you sleep.

If you live in the Smyrna area, Legacy Hill Dentistry is here for all of your oral health needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam.

What Dental Bridges Can Do for Your Smile

If you are wanting to improve your smile by fixing gaps from missing teeth, you may want to consider dental bridges as a solution. Bridges have been used for a long time to replace missing teeth, and even after the development of dental implants as tooth replacements, bridges are still used to replace a space where multiple adjoining teeth used to be. When you have a missing tooth or teeth, Legacy Hill Dentistry will consult with you on whether you should get an implant or a bridge, and we will consider the overall health of your mouth. Certain oral health issues can keep a patient from being a good candidate for an implant, which gives him or her the only option of a dental bridge. We would like to tell you more about dental bridges and how they will improve your smile and facial structure.

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What exactly is a dental bridge?

According to WebMD, a bridge consists of two or more crowns to “bridge” the gap between the teeth on each side of the gap. The anchoring teeth on each side of the gap are called abutment teeth, and the false teeth are called pontics, which can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials.

What are the advantages of dental bridges?

Not only can dental bridges restore your smile and maintain the shape of your face, they will also prevent teeth from shifting positions. Your ability to eat will be improved by the bridges distributing the forces in your bite and allowing you to chew properly. If you suffered from speech problems because of your missing teeth, a dental bridge can greatly improve your ability to speak.

What can I expect from a dental bridge procedure?

This procedure requires two appointments. On your first visit, we will prepare your abutment teeth, which involves recontouring these teeth by filing away a piece of enamel to allow room for the crowns to be placed on them. Then we will make impressions of your teeth to serve as a model for the lab to create your bridge, pontic, and crowns. You will get a temporary bridge to wear to protect your gums until your next appointment. When you return for your second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and insert your new porcelain or metal bridge. We will check and adjust the bridge to ensure a perfect fit. Depending on your teeth, you may have to come back to our office so we can check the fit and be sure the bridge is working properly.

What sort of oral health issues could prevent me from being a candidate for dental implants?

Dental bridges will work better than implants for some patients due to certain health requirements. The implant procedure requires normal healing to work correctly, so patients who have diabetes or compromised immune systems and patients who smoke are not advised to get implants. People who grind their teeth at night are also not candidates for implants. Neither are children as their jawbones have not yet matured. Dental implants need healthy teeth surrounding them to work properly, which means patients with abutment teeth that have had root canals and/or crowns should get dental bridges instead of implants.

Have more questions about dental bridges? Contact us at Legacy Hill Dentistry to ask our staff how we can restore your smile with a dental bridge.

Boost Your Smile and Self-Confidence with Professional Teeth Whitening

As we age, our teeth become darker, discolored, and stained over the years. When your teeth are not as white as they once were, you can be more hesitant to smile. Being embarrassed by a dingey smile can be a blow to your self-confidence and your self-esteem. Fortunately, you can easily remedy this situation by having your teeth professionally whitened at Legacy Hill Dentistry. We would like to tell you more about this procedure that will improve your appearance and self-confidence.

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The Importance of an Attractive Smile

Creating an immediate visual and subconscious impact, your smile is an important part of your appearance. If you have a white, bright smile, you give the impression of vitality, youth, good health, and happiness. We place a high value on smiles. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), practically all adults (99.7%) think a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes someone more appealing to the opposite sex. 74% of adults think an unattractive smile can negatively affect someone’s chances for success in his or her career. Furthermore, when asked what they would most like to improve their smile, teeth whitening was the most common response given by the survey participants.

Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

Besides teeth naturally darkening with age, other factors can cause darkened teeth, such as genetics, certain foods, and antibiotics. When changes occur in the enamel of the tooth and in the dentin, internal tooth discoloration is caused by developmental disorder, trauma, tooth decay, root canal issues, restorations, exposure to high levels of fluoride, and use of tetracycline and other antibiotics. External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside of the body and its main causes are smoking, eating red-skinned apples and pears, carrots, and oranges, and drinking tea, red wine,apple juice, cider, and coffee.

Why You Should Consult with Your Dentist About Professional Teeth Whitening

Relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use, at-home do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits are widely available for you to purchase over-the-counter for you to use without supervision from your dentist. However, the AACD recommends professional tooth whitening over the at-home whitening kits for the safest and most effective way to brighten your smile. One important reason to consult Legacy Hill Dentistry is to have your whitening tray properly fitted. The over-the-counter tooth whitening tray very rarely fit correctly. Improperly-fitted trays allow the tooth whitening gel to spill out and leak, which can cause an irritation of the gums as well as a less effective treatment. Another reason to have your teeth professionally whitened is the solution used in a dental supervised teeth whitening system is much more comfortable than an at-home kit and even gentle enough for people with sensitive teeth.

Interested in making your smile more attractive? Contact Legacy Hill Dentistry to talk to our staff about our teeth whitening procedure.

How Invisalign Can Improve Your Smile

For adults, the idea of wearing braces can be frightening and unappealing. However, you wish to improve your smile by straightening your crooked teeth, but you do not want to wear traditional braces. Fortunately, there is an alternative to metal braces: Invisalign. Legacy Hill Dentistry is proud to offer Invisalign, an almost invisible version of braces that works effectively to straighten your teeth without negatively changing your appearance. We would like to tell you more about this revolutionary method of improving your smile and how it works.

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How the Invisalign Process Works

  1. Have a consultation with an Invisalign provider, like Legacy Hill Dentistry. Your first step to straight teeth with Invisalign is to talk with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Invisalign suggests you take their Smile Assessment before your consultation appointment to help your dentist make decisions concerning your needs. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the Invisalign treatment.
  2. Your dentist will create a customized treatment for you. So that Invisalign can create a digital 3D image of your teeth, Legacy Hill Dentistry will take X-rays, pictures, and impressions of them. We will then use the digital image from Invisalign to precisely map out your treatment plan, including the movement of your teeth and how long the treatment will take. We can use digital technology to show you exactly how your teeth will move during each stage of the treatment.
  3. You will receive your custom aligners that were created according to your personalized treatment plan. Made from a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic, your customized clear aligners will not irritate your inner cheeks like metal braces do. The process is simple — wear your aligners throughout the day and only remove them to eat and brush and floss your teeth. To ensure your treatment will work on schedule, you should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the length of the entire treatment. Your teeth will gradually and gently shift into place, and no one will ever notice since the aligners are practically invisible.
  4. Every two weeks, you will get a new aligner. As you advance to the next stage of the Invisalign treatment, you will receive a new aligner every two weeks. During this time, you will also visit Legacy Hill Dentistry every six weeks so we can monitor your progress. After each stage, you will be able to see how the treatment is working.
  5. Enjoy your new beautiful smile! Once your treatment is finished, you will be smiling more than ever to show off your new and improved teeth. We may suggest you protect your new smile with a retainer to keep your teeth in position. Invisalign makes Vivera retainers, which are custom-made using the same technology as the aligners.

Interested in the Invisalign treatment? Contact Legacy Hill Dentistry to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.