By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
April 11, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Although regular brushing will help keep your teeth healthy, for many people brushing alone doesn't give them the dazzling smile they are hoping for. If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional whitening services can help. Dr. Joseph Hendrick offers teeth whitening in Shelby, NC.

Who Needs Whitening?

The color of teeth can vary from one person to the next. Habits such as smoking or consuming certain foods and drinks like coffee can stain your teeth. Teeth whitening is available for individuals who would like to improve the color and overall appearance of their teeth.

How Is Whitening Done?

In-office teeth whitening is done using a specialized peroxide formula. Your dentist will make sure your gums are protected before applying the whitening gel. It is then activated with a special light and left on your teeth for about an hour. Your teeth can be 3-8 shades whiter with just one treatment and the results are long-lasting with the proper dental hygiene. 

Is Whitening Safe?

Whitening is safe for most patients. The dentist will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure because there are some types of discoloration that don't respond to whitening like discoloration caused by certain medications. There are other treatment options for these kinds of stains.

Care For Your Teeth

Once you have completed your whitening procedure, you will want to care for your teeth going forward. You will want to make sure that you kick bad habits which are contributing to your teeth staining. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.

If you would like to learn more about brightening your smile, Dr. Joseph Hendrick offers teeth whitening in Shelby, NC. Call (704) 484-0077 to set up an appointment today.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
February 22, 2022
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: invisalign  

When patients ask Dr. Joseph Hendrick about who benefits from Invisalign clear aligners, the simple answer is this: almost everyone. Unlike conventional braces, they are removable, which makes eating and cleaning your teeth much easier. That’s why our Shelby, NC, office recommends Invisalign.

They are molded to fit each patient’s mouth and are practically invisible. Because aligners apply less force in straightening teeth than metal braces, the risk of harm to your teeth is reduced. 

Benefits to adults

Traditional braces are associated with children and teenagers. Many adults want to have their teeth straightened but hesitate to wear metal braces. They also worry about having to change their diet and not being able to eat the foods they normally enjoy.

If you are an adult who’s considering braces, our team will tell you Invisalign aligners are a great option for discreet teeth straightening. Your teeth will be straightened with virtually invisible braces.

The aligners are easily removable when you eat, so you can enjoy any food you normally would consume. You simply clean your teeth normally after eating and you won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your braces.

If there is a special occasion during which you do not want to have any braces in your mouth at all, you can remove the aligners for up to four hours without causing any damage.

Benefits to teenagers

Our team knows that teenagers are often involved in sports and other after-school activities, and generally lead pretty busy lives. If your teen plays a musical instrument, you may be concerned that having metal in his or her mouth will interfere with the ability to play. Invisalign aligners avoid the damage that can happen with traditional metal braces.

For sports that require players to wear mouthguards, the expense of specially constructed mouthguards to fit over braces is also eliminated. The aligners can be removed during sports activities and teens can easily wear a mouthguard. Teenagers who play musical instruments simply remove the aligners while practicing or playing in the band or orchestra.

Teenagers routinely have trouble flossing teeth between the wires and brackets of traditional braces, but Invisalign allows for easy dental cleaning. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are simpler and more likely to be performed.

For more information about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen® treatment, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Joseph Hendrick, please give us a call at our convenient Shelby, NC, office! Our number is 704-484-0077.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
December 07, 2021
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Teeth Stains  

Keeping your smile healthy and white can sometimes require more than simple brushing and flossing. The whiteness of your teeth will often be dependent also what you eat and drink. Dr. Joseph Hendrick can help you achieve and maintain your best smile ever with teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry in Shelby, NC. Keep reading to learn more.

What Causes Teeth Staining?

Teeth can change color over time. There are many factors that can play a part in the coloring or discoloring of your teeth. Some of these issues are beyond your control. For instance, aging often plays a big role in the changing color of teeth. Medications can also play a part as well.

The most common cause of teeth staining, however, is the foods and drinks we put in our mouths. There are several foods and drinks that can cause dramatic staining. These substances should be avoided or they should be limited if you are concerned about teeth staining.

The top five substances which can cause teeth staining include:

  • Coffee, tea, dark soda
  • Red wine
  • Juices
  • Berries
  • Tomato-based sauces

Although in moderation, these substances can be enjoyed, you should keep in mind that these can cause staining.

Other Causes of Staining

Another major contributing factor to teeth staining is the bad habit of smoking. Smoking can have a dramatic negative effect on many aspects of your oral health and your overall health in general. If you are concerned about your health, teeth coloration, and oral health, you should consider quitting smoking as soon as possible.

Teeth Whitening

If you have experienced teeth staining, you can find solutions with professional teeth whitening provided by cosmetic dentistry in Shelby, NC. Professional whitening can bring your smile back. We offer convenient take-home teeth whitening systems. These systems provide professional-grade whitening in the comfort of your own home. You will be given the whitening formula and whitening trays needed to complete this process safely at home.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry in Shelby, NC, please contact Dr. Hendrick by calling (704) 484-0077.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
September 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Are you concerned that you may have a cavity? Visit your Shelby, NC, dentist, Dr. Joseph Hendrick, for a filling that will protect and restore your tooth.

Who gets cavities?

Cavities are very common. In fact, more than 90 percent of people over 20 have had at least one cavity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although brushing and flossing reduce your risk of tooth decay, you can still develop a cavity if you miss a spot while brushing especially because plaque tends to form in hard-to-reach areas. The spaces between overlapping teeth and tiny pits in your molars are also common sites for cavities.

Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in plaque mix with sugars in foods to create acids. These acids are so strong that they begin to weaken your tooth enamel and can eventually cause cavities. Brushing and flossing reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth, lowering your cavity risk. Swapping sugary snacks for fruits and vegetables will also decrease the likelihood that you'll develop a cavity.

How do fillings help teeth?

If your dental X-ray shows that you have a cavity, you'll need a filling to prevent the decay from continuing to spread. If cavities aren't treated promptly, they can spread to other teeth or your tooth pulp and can cause dangerous bacterial infections.

Luckily, fillings can help you avoid these tooth decay consequences. When you receive a filling in Shelby, NC, your dentist opens your tooth and removes the decayed portion. Before you receive the filling, you'll receive a local anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel any discomfort during the treatment.

After cleaning the tooth, your dentist adds filling material to seal and restore the tooth. Although silver amalgam fillings used to be the only option, tooth-colored fillings are used today. The fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible glass- and plastic-based material that's available in shades that match the color of your teeth perfectly. Once your filling is in place, you'll be able to chew and bite normally.

Fillings help keep your smile healthy! Call your Shelby, NC, dentist, Dr. Hendrick, at (704) 484-0077 to schedule an appointment if you have a toothache or are worried about one of your teeth.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
September 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Our Shelby, NC, dental team is happy to answer your questions about dental implants.

Most people have heard about dental implants, but our Shelby, NC, dentist Dr. Joseph Hendrick, has also realized that not many people know the details about this popular tooth replacement and how it works. Have questions about implants? Don’t worry; we have the answers! Here are some answers to the top asked questions about this popular tooth replacement.

What are dental implants?

Simply put, a dental implant is a metal post that functions like tooth roots. For it to replace tooth roots, this requires our Shelby, NC, dental team to surgically place the dental implants into the jawbone where they fuse with the bone. The small tapered metal post lies under the gums, but a connector known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment’s sole purpose is to connect the implant with the crown (the part of the restoration that you see when you smile).

How long does it take to get dental implants?

For a dental implant to be successful, we will need to make sure that the jawbone is healthy and strong enough to support the implant. Once the implant has been placed into the jawbone we must still give the area up to six months for the bone to grow around the implant.

Depending on the type of dental implant we place, most patients will need to undergo two separate but minor procedures to get their implant. The average length of treatment is about one year, but it may only take 6-9 months depending on how quickly you heal and how many implants need to be placed.

How successful are they?

Dental implants are incredibly successful. While the success rate varies based on the research, one study found that implants carried a 90-95% success rate over 10 years. Some studies report an up to 98% success rate. Either way, we can’t deny that the success of this artificial tooth is incredibly high.

How long will implants last?

Implants are made from titanium, which makes them biocompatible and incredibly durable. This means that as long as you maintain good oral hygiene, your implant could last the rest of your life. The only part of the implant that may need to be replaced every decade or so is the dental crown, which is easy to replace.

If you are interested in getting dental implants, our Shelby, NC, dental team is here to make that possible. To find out if dental implants are right for you, simply call our office at (704) 484-0077 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hendrick.

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Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
511 N. Morgan Street
Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 484-0077
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