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

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
July 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
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There are many reasons why teeth may need a whitening treatment to achieve an appealing brightness: what we eat and drink, natural aging, genetics, and the lack of dedication to oral hygiene can all play a role in how we look.

For vital (living) teeth, there are basically three different options for teeth whitening, and we’d be happy to help you decide which is right for you:

  • In-office tooth whitening: The fastest way to get your smile radiant. A high concentration of a peroxide gel solution is applied directly to the tooth surface. Gums and other soft tissues are completely protected for your safety. This technique is excellent for whitening deep surface stains as well as general tooth whitening. This professional treatment requires the least amount of time to achieve the desired whiteness.
  • The professional take-home option: Custom-made bleaching trays are prepared by our office. This technique is convenient and less expensive, but the desired whiteness will take longer to achieve than the in-office option.
  • Over-the-counter products: These offer the least expensive option but use weaker whitening agents. For example, whitening strips, like the ones advertised on television, are popular and easy to use but will generally take the most time to achieve the desired success. Also, even agents that are not the strongest available may cause damage to teeth if used inappropriately and without professional supervision.

While there are normally no serious side effects after professional whitening treatments, there is a potential risk of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. If either one or both of these occur, it should disappear within a few days.

It should come as no surprise that bleaching is not permanent. The whiteness will fade eventually depending on your diet, habits, hygiene, etc., but it usually will last at least six months — more often up to two years. Obviously, if you avoid drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, don’t smoke, and have a diligent oral hygiene routine your results may last longer.

Advertisements for teeth-whitening products are everywhere. If you have any questions about what you see, or simply want to do a reality check on their claims, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter...,” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
January 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Find out whether professional teeth whitening in Shelby will give you the results you are looking for.

With the start of a fresh new year it’s also a great time to consider ways to improve your appearance. If avid coffee drinking has caused significant dental stains then you may find that simple whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter whitening rinses just aren’tTeeth Whitening doing the trick. Therefore, it may be time to consider getting teeth whitening in Shelby.

So what stains can professional teeth whitening actually combat and can it work for you?

Natural tooth structures: The teeth whitening agent we use is strong; however, it only works on natural tooth enamel. This means that any type of dental work or restoration like veneers, crowns, bonding or fillings won’t be affected by this treatment. Therefore, if you happen to have dental work and still want to get teeth whitening, you may also need to replace your dental restorations in order to get a matching, uniformed smile.

External stains: Teeth whitening is most effective on external stains caused by certain foods and beverages like coffee. External stains tend to cause yellowing teeth. However, teeth whitening will not lighten internal stains caused by trauma or long-term antibiotic use. These stains are usually gray. Teeth whitening will also not affect white spots on the teeth. This treatment works best on stains that affect the outer layers of tooth enamel.

Who should not opt for professional teeth whitening?

Anyone with a significant amount of dental restorations, those with internal stains, and those with severe tooth sensitivity may not benefit from professional teeth whitening in Shelby. If you are looking for ways to improve your smile, you will want to talk to us about other cosmetic options like dental veneers that may work better for you.

To get a new smile for the New Year, turn to teeth whitening in Shelby to transform your teeth. Call Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA today to schedule your first teeth whitening appointment and start the journey toward a whiter smile.



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