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By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
May 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningHave you tried to whiten your teeth at home but been disappointed by the results? Professional whitening offers more impressive results in less time. Our Hampton, NJ, dentist, Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko, helps her patients look their best with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services.

What are the advantages of professional whitening?

Whitening your smile in your Hampton dentist's office offer several benefits, including:

  • Stronger Whitening Agent: The professional whitening agents that dentists use contains a higher formulation of hydrogen peroxide, the natural whitener that removes stains. If you have stubborn stains, drugstore products may not be very effective because they're just too weak.
  • Fast Treatment: Over-the-counter whitening kits can take a long time to produce results. Some products must be used for many weeks or months and require multiple trips to the drugstore. When you opt for professional whitening, your teeth will be noticeably whiter in just an hour.
  • Dramatic Results: Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide may lighten your teeth by three to eight shades. Although many people are pleased with their results after just one treatment, an additional session may be helpful if your teeth are very dull or yellow.
  • Emphasis on Safety: Sensitivity can be an unpleasant side effect of teeth whitening treatment. The problem can occur if the whitening agent comes in contact with your roots or gums. When you visit the dentist for a whitening session, your comfort is paramount. Your gums and roots will be coated with a protective gel before the session begins. The sensitive membranes in your lips and cheeks can also be irritated by the hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. Plastic retractors will be used to gently hold your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during your treatment.
  • Two Options: If you would rather whiten your teeth at home, at-home professional whitening is an option. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which will be used to create trays that fit your teeth perfectly. You'll apply the gel to the trays, then place them in your mouth for several hours. After using the trays for just a few weeks, you'll see a much brighter smile in the mirror. At-home kits are also helpful if you've already had in-office whitening and want to touch up your teeth.

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening! Call our Hampton, NJ, dentist, Dr. Shevchenko, at (603) 926-8827 to schedule an appointment.

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
September 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
March 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Say goodbye to coffee stains and enjoy a fresh, brilliant smile again.teeth whitening

Whether you’ve been using whitening toothpaste and it just isn’t doing the trick or you are looking to give your smile a serious refresher, there has never been a better time to talk to our Hampton, NH, family dentist Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko about the wonders of professional teeth whitening.

If you’ve ever wanted to whiten your smile but worry about some of those do-it-yourself whitening tricks or commercial whitening stripes, then turning to our professional whitening experts in Hampton, NH, can certainly help give you the results you want safely. No other whitening treatment will give you the same immediate results as in-office teeth whitening.

The secret lies in the whitening gel. Whitening gels contain different percentages of hydrogen peroxide. At-home whitening gels that you can pick up from your local drugstore will contain a very small amount of peroxide, while the whitening gels used by our Hampton, NH, cosmetic dentist will contain a much higher concentration of peroxide, which means more incredible results at a shorter amount of time.

Who should consider professional teeth whitening?

Someone who has yellowing, stained teeth caused by foods and drinks is the perfect candidate for teeth whitening. Whether you want whiter results fast or you want to improve your smile’s vibrancy before a big event or special occasion, in-office whitening is the way to do it.

Before you get teeth whitening we will want to sit down with you for a consultation. We want to guarantee that your smile is healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry. We will also ask you questions about your treatment goals to make sure that teeth whitening is truly the best option.

It’s important for patients to know that professional teeth whitening will brighten natural teeth but will not work on dental work like crowns or fillings. If you have teeth sensitivity, talk to us about ways to prevent sensitivity from getting worse during and after your whitening session.

Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry in Hampton, NH, has been helping countless people achieve beautiful, healthy smiles and you could be next.

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
December 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

With the advent of home whitening kits, you no longer have to go to the dentist to have your teeth whitened. DIY kits are relatively safe and effective, if you follow the directions carefully.

So, you might be thinking: why have a dentist whiten my teeth? Actually, there are good reasons why you might. Here are 4 of them.

We'll make sure your teeth are healthy first. Your teeth may need some attention first, such as treatment for dental disease, before we undertake whitening. We'll also determine why your teeth are stained, which could impact how they're whitened (more about that in a moment).

Our application could take less time and last longer. Bleaching agents in home kits make up less than 10% of volume, much weaker than the applications we use. While it often takes several applications at home to achieve the desired brightness, you may only need one or two sessions with us. Our stronger solution may also extend the “fade time” — when the whitening begins to diminish — than what you may encounter with home whitening.

We can be more precise achieving the right shade. There are different shades of teeth whiteness — what looks good for someone else might not look good for you. We have the training and expertise to achieve a color that's right for you. What's more, we also have techniques and equipment like UV lighting that enables us to color match more precisely than you can with a home kit.

Your DIY kit can't alter some forms of staining. Home kits bleach only the outermost layers of tooth enamel. That won't help, though, if your discoloration originates inside the tooth. This intrinsic staining requires procedures only a dentist can perform to bleach the tooth from the inside out.

Even if you'd still like to use a home kit we'll be happy to advise you on purchasing and application. It's also a good idea to have us check the staining first to see if a home kit will work at all. In the end, we share the same desire as you do: that your teeth are as healthy as they can be and bright as you want them to be.

If you would like more information on tooth whitening options, 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 Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

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.”