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By Dentistry by Design
November 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Can't Get Your Smile Perfectly White? Try Teeth Whitening

You are diligent about your oral health. You brush and you floss daily but are bothered that you can't get your smile to be perfectly white. What can you do? You can get in contact with the experts at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, so you can find out if teeth whitening may be right for you.

Is It for You?

Professional whitening is a very effective procedure for people who practice good oral hygiene and for permanent teeth.

That means that lab-made crowns will not benefit from the bleaching process as natural teeth will.

It is also not as effective at battling stains due to injury and those brought on by medications. Your dentist may be able to suggest alternate treatments.

But for yellowing teeth and stubborn stains, you will notice a drastic improvement.

Temporary tooth sensitivity is normal after a whitening treatment and should desist in just a few days.

Over the Counter Alternatives

Over-the-counter treatments are very popular, but if your goal is immediate results nothing beats an in-office treatment.

The bleaching ingredients can irritate your gums, so even for at-home products, you should consult your dentist.

In the office, your doctor uses a more concentrated bleaching solution, but your gums are protected throughout with a rubber shield or a special gel.

Overusing at-home methods, or using them incorrectly, can damage your enamel and may possibly lead to cavities. So your best bet is always to consult your dentist, to keep up your brushing routine and don't miss your cleaning appointments. It all starts with good health.

Teeth Whitening in Andover, MA

If you've tried everything else, or simply wish to skip past it all, try professional teeth whitening today. Nothing compliments all the hard work you put into your oral health than a bright white smile. Call the professionals at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, by dialing (978) 475-5333.


To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.

With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.

The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…

Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.

A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.

And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.

One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.

If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Dentistry by Design
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsProfessional teeth whitening can be extremely effective in renewing your smile and helping you feel great about the way you look. Perhaps the most appealing part of this treatment is its fast, easy procedure, which takes place right in your dentist’s office and lasts only an hour. Learn more about professional teeth whitening and what it can do for you with Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Leo Kharin at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA.

How does teeth whitening work? 
Teeth whitening uses chemical reactions to break the bonds which hold together the molecules making up a stain or discoloration on your tooth. The process uses a whitening gel placed directly onto the teeth and allowing it to remain on the teeth for about an hour.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening? 
If you are considering teeth whitening, you should first ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Dentists require that patients with tooth decay or gum disease treat those issues prior to their whitening treatment. Additionally, whitening products do not lift the color of a porcelain dental restoration. Patients with obvious porcelain restorations should alert their dentist so they can base their treatment plan around their restorations. This will ensure that they do not end up with an uneven smile after their whitening treatment.

Professional Teeth Whitening Step-by-Step

  • Step 1: Your dentist will separate the teeth from the oral tissues using a dental dam.
  • Step 2: Your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth, taking care not to make contact with your oral tissues to avoid irritation.
  • Step 3: You will remain in the exam room for about an hour, allowing the whitening process to properly work on your teeth.
  • Step 4: Your dentist rinses the whitening gel from the teeth.

Teeth whitening does not require any downtime, allowing you to go right back to your daily activities directly after your treatment. You will notice immediate results which will usually increase over the next few days.

For more information on professional teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Leo Kharin at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-5333 to schedule your consultation for teeth whitening with your dentist today!


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.