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ProfessionalWhiteningOffersanEffectiveWaytoRestoreYourSmilesLuster

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 Dentistry by Design
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You don't have to go through life with stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening can give you the brilliant smile you've always wanted. Dr. teeth whiteningNicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Leo Kharin at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, offer professional solutions for patients who want a bright smile.

Causes of Teeth Discoloration

If you smoke or use tobacco products, your teeth will darken over time. Pigments from dark-colored beverages cause permanent stains on your teeth. Certain medications can also cause stains on your teeth.

How to Prevent Stains on Teeth

By making a few changes to your lifestyle, you may be able to prevent tooth discoloration. For instance, if you are a coffee drinker or smoker, consider quitting altogether. You can also prevent teeth discoloration by brushing and flossing regularly and having your teeth professionally cleaned by your Andover dentist every six months.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office cosmetic teeth whitening involves combining hydrogen peroxide gel with a light to speed up the whitening process. In-office bleaching will give you a beautiful smile in only one office visit. In-office teeth whitening yields immediate results—often 8 to 10 shades lighter in about 45 minutes. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Professional take-home whitening involves custom-fitted, bleaching trays filled with a whitening solution that you can use at home. These tray-based systems are dispensed by dentists to their patients. A take-home treatment will make your teeth several shades lighter in one or two weeks. 

While it may be disheartening to feel like you have lost your dazzling smile —you can get it back. Say goodbye to those unsightly dental stains for good. Call Dentistry by Design at 978-475-5333 now to schedule a teeth whitening appointment in Andover, MA. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

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 Dentistry by Design
December 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening can remove those nasty coffee stains and breathe new life into your smile.

It’s amazing how much stains on your teeth can affect not only the appearance of your smile but your self-esteem, as well. Don’t let a teeth whiteningstained, yellowing smile get you down. Our Andover, MA dentists--Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo and Dr. Leo Kharin--can easily help you regain a radiant, brighter smile with our professional teeth whitening systems.

How does whitening work?

While there are many ways to whiten your smile, from toothpastes to kits, if you are really looking to remove stains and brighten your smile then it might be time to turn to professional teeth whitening in Andover.

Bleaching treatment works by changing the color of your teeth. It’s amazing how in just one session you could get a smile that’s up to eight shades whiter (on average, most smiles become five to seven shades brighter). When the bleaching gel is applied over the front surface of your teeth the active ingredient, usually either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, penetrates the surface of the tooth to remove tough stains. Whitening concentrations can contain anywhere from 10 to 22 percent of the active ingredient, meaning that results will be far superior to anything you’ll achieve with over-the-counter whitening products.

What type of whitening is right for me?

If you are looking to get a significantly more vibrant smile right away, our in-office whitening can’t be beat. However, some patients want to whiten their smiles but they don’t want to spend a lot of money on treatment. In this case, we will recommend our professional at-home system, which can still brighten your smile after a couple weeks. It will require you to wear the bleaching trays for a designated amount of time each night to get the results you want, so it’s important that you are ready and dedicated to your treatment process before you decide on at-home whitening.

Don’t let stains dictate your smile’s appearance. Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA can give you the smile makeover you want with teeth whitening. To find out if professional teeth whitening is the right option for you give us a call today.

HomeWhiteningKitsareSafeandEffectiveifUsedtheRightWay

You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.

You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?

By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.

In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.

As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.

Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.

You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.

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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”