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By JC DUNCAN DDS, PA
January 11, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out how to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best after teeth whitening.

You just turned to our Huntersville, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. JC Duncan for professional whitening treatment and you are in love with your whiter smile. So, how do you keep your results looking their best for as long as possible? While you can turn to professional in-office whitening for a refresher, we know that the goal is to maintain your results so that you don’t have to keep coming in for whitening treatment. Here’s what you can do,

 

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

This involves brushing a minimum of twice a day and flossing daily. After all, the only way to keep teeth looking their best is to provide them with as thorough an at-home cleaning as possible. To keep your smile looking its best you may choose to brush with whitening toothpaste.

Just don’t forget to brush your tongue too, as bacteria can build up on the tongue and spread to your teeth and cause stains. When you brush you should be spending a minimum of two minutes each time brushing your teeth. Floss once a day, preferably before bedtime.

 

Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks

One of the best ways to keep your teeth looking their whitest is to avoid the foods and drinks that caused the stains in the first place. While we know that some foods and drinks may be difficult to avoid altogether, it’s at least important to limit exposure to your smile if you want to keep your teeth white. Some of these offending foods and drinks include,

  • Coffee and tea
  • Wine
  • Berries
  • Sodas and energy drinks
  • Citrus foods
  • Processed foods
  • Dark-colored condiments (e.g. tomato sauce)

If you have to enjoy that morning cup of coffee it’s recommended that you drink chilled and through a straw, as this can limit how much contact your teeth have with the dark liquid.

 

Come in for Professional Cleanings

Even with the best at-home dental care in place, you will still need to visit your Huntersville dentist every six months for professional cleanings and to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. During these cleanings we can remove minor surface stains that have built up over the last six months, allowing you to keep those whitening results for longer.

 

Use At-Home Whitening Products

You may also choose to use some whitening products from the comfort of your own home. Talk to your dentist about professional at-home whitening for keeping your results fresh or turn to over-the-counter methods as a way to prevent stains from forming.

 

If you are interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Huntersville, NC, then call our dental office today to find out if you are an ideal candidate for this cosmetic treatment. Get started on a brighter smile by calling (704) 948-1300!

By JC DUNCAN DDS, PA
October 29, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningFind out how professional teeth whitening works.

There are many people who can benefit from getting teeth whitening from our Huntersville, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. JC Duncan. No matter whether you’re not getting the results you want from whitening toothpastes or you really want to “wow” everyone with a more vibrant smile, it’s time to find out how professional teeth whitening can do just that.

Professional teeth whitening works a bit differently from over-the-counter methods, which makes it more effective and reliable for removing surface stains and for giving you an all-over whiter smile. The first difference is the bleaching gel. Now, any bleaching gel will contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These active ingredients work to breakup stain molecules on the surface of your teeth.

Of course, the percentage of the active ingredient is very small in over-the-counter whitening products, which means that you will have to leave the whitening gel on your teeth for a longer period of time to see results. The whitening gel that our Huntersville, NC, dentist uses, on the other hand, has a much higher concentration of the peroxide, which means that we only need to apply it and leave the gel on for 10-15 minutes at a time throughout your one-hour whitening treatment to get the results you want. After just one whitening session, many patients’ smiles were up to five shades whiter, and many of them got exactly the results they wanted in one in-office whitening treatment.

We also understand that in-office whitening might not be in the budget. Or perhaps you prefer to have full control over the whitening process. Whatever the case might be, you can save money and still get a whiter smile by turning to our at-home whitening treatment. With custom-fitted whitening trays and effective whitening gel, you could get the results you want in as a little as one week.

If you are ready to feel confident in your smile once more than it’s time to turn to the cosmetic dentistry experts here at Huntersville, NC. Call our office today to schedule a consultation. A brighter smile can be yours!

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.”

By JC DUNCAN DDS, PA
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?teeth whitening

Dr. JC Duncan has what you need. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With your Huntersville, NC, dentist's help, your smile can become several shades whiter.

But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. Some other reasons include:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Eating certain foods, such a blueberries

So how will my Huntersville dentist make my teeth whiter?

A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.

The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a dental light is used to speed up the process. Dr. JC Duncan will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Dr. JC Duncan and his team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits and you'll have the added benefit of it being safe since dental experts will be taking care of you.

If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call our Huntersville, NC, dental office today at (704) 948-1300.

By JC DUNCAN DDS, PA
June 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Stains left behind on teeth by such things as smoking or consuming certain types of beverages cannot always be removed simply byteeth whitening brushing or rinsing with mouthwash. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatments applied in your dentist’s office can remove stubborn stains and whiten your teeth by several shades. Dr. JC Duncan offers professional teeth whitening in his Huntersville, NC, dental office.

Causes of Stains on Teeth

There are several possible causes of stains on teeth. Over time, teeth can become dull and stained with age. Smoking and the use of tobacco products will stain the teeth. Certain medications can stain the teeth, as well. Additionally, some foods and beverages can leave stains on the teeth. For instance, beverages such as coffee and red wines are known to stain the teeth when consumed regularly. In Huntersville, teeth whitening treatments can eliminate stains and give you a whiter smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments are applied in the dentist’s office. It takes about one hour to achieve the desired whitening results. Teeth are whitened with a professional strength bleaching agent that is applied to the surfaces of the teeth. Once applied, the bleaching agent is left on the teeth for an extended period of time, which allows it to penetrate the tooth enamel. The bleaching agent removes stains and brightens the teeth.

Since a professional strength bleaching agent is used, teeth whitening done in the dentist’s office delivers dramatic results in a single treatment. Teeth can appear several shades whiter after just one application. Further, the results of professional teeth whitening treatments can last for up to five years before additional whitening treatments are needed. Over-the-counter whitening products applied at home cannot deliver the same results as professional whitening treatments.

Whether the stains on your teeth were caused by aging, smoking, consuming certain types of beverages or some other cause, professional teeth whitening can remove them. For teeth whitening in Huntersville, NC, schedule an appointment with Dr. Duncan by calling the office at (704) 948-1300.