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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!

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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.

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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.”