Advice From La Jolla Dentist, Dr. Nick Marongiu

Over the last month we’ve talking dental issues with La Jolla Dentist, Dr. Nick Marongiu, from the Scripps Center For Dental Care. We asked him some probing questions about issues that are pertinent to kids, teens and adults who want healthy, white teeth. He was kind enough to offer his expert opinion on matters like whether or not teeth whitening home-kits work as well as in-office treatments, or if clear braces are as effective as traditional braces. Read on to find out more.


Blue Book: With regards to teeth whitening treatments, are over the over the counter treatments worthwhile/safe/effective when compared to in office bleaching treatments?

Dr. Marongiu: Whitening your teeth is definitely an effective, safe, and worthwhile option for people wanting to improve the appearance of their smile with little expense and little time commitment. Not all whitening systems produce profound results, though. Whitening systems, whether purchased over the counter or from your dentist, all rely on peroxide. The concentration of the peroxide and the length of time the peroxide is left on the teeth determine the degree of effectiveness…. Read the full article here.

Blue Book: Is whitening toothpaste effective?

Dr. Marongiu: Whitening toothpaste works through the mechanical action of removing surface stains; therefore, all toothpaste could be marketed as whitening toothpaste and it’s not regarded as a great whitening option. Read the full article here.


Blue Book: Are clear braces as effective as traditional braces with brackets and wires?

Dr. Marongiu: If your teeth are crooked and crowded, having them straightened does not mean your mouth will be full of metal anymore. The days of traditional orthodontics with metal bands, metal brackets, and wires are behind us in most cases. In regard to conventional orthodontics, advances in bonding have led to use of clear brackets so the only thing visible is a small wire… Read the full article here.

Blue Book Publishers: When it comes to babies, when should parents start thinking about taking their kids to the dentist and how should they go about it initially?

Dr. Marongiu: In general, your child’s first visit to the dentist should be by age 1 or within 6 months of his or her first tooth. As a parent, you will need to come prepared to fill out a medical history form for your child to aid the dentist in completing an evaluation. The exam itself is typically short and involves little to no treatment. Read the full article here.

We’d like to thank Dr. Nick Marongiu for taking the time to answer our questions and participate in all of the above articles. If you don’t know already, the Scripps Center For Dental Care website has just been updated with a new patient login system that allows you to interact with the office. You can confirm or request appointments, and communicate with the office via texts and e-mails.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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