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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
April 26, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Yes, you can whiten your teeth at home with a professional whitening system.

One of the simplest ways to greatly improve your smile and your appearance is to get teeth whitening. Most people these days are looking for effective and fast solutions to remove yellow stains and to perk up their smile. Did you know you can actually turn to your Shelby, NC, dentist, Dr. Joseph Hendrick, for teeth whitening treatment but still whiten from home?

You Can Get Customized At-Home Treatment

Just because you aren’t sitting in our dental chair doesn’t mean that you can’t still get amazingly white results. Your Shelby, NC, cosmetic dentist offers at-home teeth whitening that’s tailored to your needs. At-home whitening is different from commercial whitening products that you’ll grab at your drugstore because they offer custom-made home whitening trays.

Since these trays are molded to your teeth this ensures that the bleach reaches all areas of your smile evenly. Some trays are only worn for an hour or two while others should be left overnight. Dr. Hendrick will provide you with complete instructions for how to use your at-home whitening trays properly.

Make Sure to Follow Instructions

It’s important that you follow all at-home whitening instructions if you want a safe treatment. At-home whitening is incredibly safe, but it’s important that you are following instructions, so you don’t deal with any unwanted side effects. For example, do not wear whitening trays for longer than you’re supposed to in an effort to whiten your smile faster. This will only increase your risk for tooth sensitivity.

Professional At-Home Whitening is Very Effective

There is a reason people turn to Dr. Hendrick for at-home whitening instead of using over-the-counter whitening kits. Dr. Hendrick can provide you with a stronger whitening gel than OTC products. A whitening gel with a higher percentage of peroxide can help you get faster results in a shorter period of time. Plus, the custom trays ensure better and more even results than the bulky OTC whitening trays.

Are you interested in getting professional at-home teeth whitening treatment from our Shelby, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. Hendrick? If so, the next step is to give our practice a call today at (704) 484-0077 or (704) 482-8336 to schedule a consultation.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

It is possible to completely rejuvenate your smile with professional teeth whitening. Professional whitening treatments available through your dentist’s office deliver exceptional results that cannot be achieved with over-the-counter products. Professional treatments can whiten the teeth by several shades and the results last longer. Professionally supervised take-home whitening treatments can rejuvenate your smile. Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr. is your Shelby dentist for professional teeth whitening.

Take-Home Whitening

Take-home whitening kits allow patients to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home. It can take several treatment sessions at home to achieve the desired level of whitening, but the results are still superior to over-the-counter products since the kits utilize a professional strength whitening gel only available through a dentist.

Take-home whitening kits consist of two trays, one for each arch of teeth, and whitening gel. The trays are custom-made for each individual patient based on a mold of the patient’s teeth. To whiten the teeth, the whitening gel is first added to the trays. The trays are then placed over the teeth and are worn for about one hour. After several treatments, the teeth will be visibly whiter. Your Shelby dentist can advise you about how often to whiten your teeth at home to achieve the desired results.

Rejuvenate your smile with take-home professional teeth whitening treatments. To learn more about both options and which one might be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr., your Shelby, NC dentist, by calling the office at (704) 484-0077.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
June 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Your teeth were meant to shine! Tooth enamel’s polished translucence, framed by the dentin layer beneath it, has a way of vibrantly catching the light when you smile. But tooth wear and structural changes as you age can dim that shine. Add to that staining caused by foods and beverages or disease and your smile could further lose its luster.

On your supermarket or pharmacy oral hygiene aisle you’ll find dozens of products promising to restore that lost luster, including toothpastes, whitening kits or even chewing gum. While such products work to some degree, our dental office may have the right solution for you: a safe and effective treatment for whitening teeth.

Why see us for teeth whitening? For one, professional whitening solutions contain a higher concentration of bleaching agent (usually 35-45% hydrogen peroxide) than home kits. We usually apply it in a gel form directly to the teeth while using barrier devices like dams to protect the lips and other soft tissue from irritation. We may then apply heat or light to the applied gel to enhance the release of peroxide into your enamel.

This professional procedure can often give you a brighter smile in fewer sessions than a home whitening kit — and it may last longer. What’s more, we can control the level of brightness to produce only a subtle change or a dazzling “Hollywood” smile — whatever your preference.

Like a home kit, this procedure bleaches staining on the outer surface of enamel, known as extrinsic staining. But you can also have discoloration deep within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, caused by a variety of reasons like tetracycline use early in life or complications from a root canal treatment. Home kits or even the professional treatment described above can’t whiten intrinsic staining.

For intrinsic staining you’ll need a special procedure that places a bleaching agent inside the tooth. Depending on the extent of staining the procedure could require more than one session.

To find out what kind of discoloration you have, visit us for a full examination. We’ll then be able to give you your options for putting the shine back in your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
February 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
January 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to kiss your yellowed, stained or dull teeth goodbye? In the past, these problems were something you simply had to live teeth whiteningwith. Now, thanks to teeth whitening technology, achieving a brilliant smile has never been easier. With help from your Shelby, NC dentist, your Hollywood smile is just an appointment away.

How do teeth become stained? 
Stains form on the teeth due to outside elements. Coffee, tea, smoking tobacco and other dark colored foods or drinks cause staining to the extrinsic, or outside layer of the teeth. This layer is the enamel. Trauma to the teeth or even too much fluoride can cause stains to form on the inner, or intrinsic, layer of the teeth, called dentin. Additionally, over time, the enamel becomes thin, allowing the yellow-colored dentin to show through.

What can I expect at a teeth whitening session? 
Most whitening sessions only last around an hour and can leave your teeth up to ten shades whiter. First, your teeth are sectioned off so the whitening agents only touch the teeth and not any oral tissues. A whitening gel applied to the teeth uses chemical reactions to break up the stain’s molecules. A special light directed at the teeth speeds up and intensifies the whitening process.

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Having a smile that you can be proud of has more than just aesthetic value. Many people are ashamed of their yellowed teeth, hiding behind their hand when they laugh or speaking with their mouth closed. Teeth whitening can boost your self-esteem to new levels and make you more confident.

At-home kits vs in-office sessions
You can find at-home kits sold over-the-counter at most drug stores. They also use whitening gels to lift stains from the teeth. However, these at-home kits are not able to be monitored. Therefore, the chemicals used are much weaker than the ones used by your dentist, and results take about 6 weeks to see. With in-office whitening, your results are immediate and dramatic.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr. DDS in Shelby, NC. Call (704) 484-0077 to speak with an associate about scheduling a teeth whitening session today!

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