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By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
October 10, 2018
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.”

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If whitening toothpaste isn’t cutting it, our dentists can help!teeth whitening

Have you been trying every whitening toothpaste or whitening kit possible but still don’t have a dazzling white smile? While these products can be a great way to remove minor stains over time, if you are looking for a quick and effective way to brighten your smile, then it might be time to consider getting professional teeth whitening from our Billerica, MA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan.

Who Should Consider Professional Teeth Whitening?

If you have good oral health and are dealing with dental stains, chances are good that you could be a candidate for professional whitening. If you have yellow stains caused by aging, or the foods you consume, our powerful whitening system is enough to remove these stains (often in just one visit). In just one hour, you could have a smile that’s several shades whiter.

Of course, not all stains will respond as effectively to this treatment. Stains that are brown, blue or gray may not whiten as well as yellow discolorations. Also, if you have dental restorations like fillings or crowns you should know that whitening treatment will not lighten these artificial structures.

The best way to determine whether professional teeth whitening is right for you is to see our Billerica dentist for a consultation. We will be able to determine if teeth whitening is the best approach or whether there are better cosmetic options out there.

Other Options for a Whiter Smile

In most cases we will find that people can benefit from what professional in-office teeth whitening can offer. Of course, if you have gum disease or tooth sensitivity then we may have already told you that your smile isn’t right for whitening treatment. This doesn’t mean that you have to just put up with a yellow smile. There are other options like dental crowns or veneers, which can mask these imperfections and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

One Dental Care in Billerica, MA, is ready to help you get the whiter smile you want. Whether you are ready to take the plunge or you have questions about our whitening treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
June 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Little things can make a big difference in the way you look. Coloring your hair, updating your hairstyle or even whitening your teeth can teeth whiteningturn back the clock and help you look years younger. Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD, your Billerica, MA, dentist at One Dental Care, is here to share a few benefits of professional teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening helps erase the signs of aging

You've probably enjoyed your share of coffee, tea, cola, wine, berries or soy sauce over the years. Unfortunately, these foods and beverages tend to stain teeth. Aging can also make your teeth look dull or yellow. The effects of aging combined with the staining caused by bright or dark foods and beverages can cause your teeth to lose their luster. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening offers an easy solution to these problems.

Professional teeth whitening offers benefits that drugstore products can't

There's nothing more convenient than picking up a teeth whitening kit at the drugstore on the way home from work. Although those kits can lighten your teeth, the results may not be as impressive or long-lasting as the professional teeth whitening treatments your dentist offers. Kits, depending on the type, may only lighten your teeth for a few weeks or months while your smile will be whiter for as long as five years after professional teeth whitening. Professional whitening also saves you time. In just one one-hour visit, your teeth will be as much as three to eight shades whiter.

Professional whitening is the safer option

Over-the-counter whitening trays usually come in only one size, which obviously won't fit everyone the same way. Unfortunately, if the whitening trays don't provide a good fit, the whitening agent can leak into your teeth roots or gums, causing considerable pain and sensitivity. When you choose professional teeth whitening treatment, your dentist places a barrier in your mouth to protect your gums and teeth roots from the whitening agent. You'll receive excellent results without the pain that over-the-counter products can cause.

Are you ready for a younger-looking smile? Call Dr. Chan, your Billerica, MA, dentist at One Dental Care at (978) 667-0691 to make an appointment. Transform your smile with teeth whitening!

By One Dental Care
November 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Having a big, pearly-white smile has become so engrained into our culture that tooth whitening has become a hugely sought after cosmetic dental procedure. Quick and easy, professional tooth whitening can drastically change the look of your smile in just one Teeth Whiteningappointment. However, sometimes preparations are needed before this simple appointment can take place. Your Billerica, MA dentist can not only whiten your teeth, but prepare them for this potentially life-altering procedure.

What should I do to prepare for my whitening procedure? 
Before you make any decisions, a consultation with your dentist is never a bad idea. They may suggest that you have your teeth cleaned before the whitening procedure to ensure the best results. They will also talk to you about what to expect and about having realistic expectations for the end result. Ask your dentist to show you a shade guide so that you can discuss exactly how much lighter you would like your teeth will be after the procedure.

How does tooth whitening work?
Your teeth are comprised of two main layers. The enamel, or hard outer layer of the tooth, is the white surface of the tooth. This layer can have staining due to outside food or drink, smoking or drinking dark colored beverages, such as coffee or soda. Depending on severity, at-home kits or whitening toothpastes may help lighten the stains, but may not remove them completely. The dentin layer makes up the softer inside of the tooth, and lies beneath the enamel. Staining on this layer is usually due to trauma, aging or too much fluoride. These stains are much harder to treat than stains on the enamel, and are largely unaffected by whitening toothpastes or at-home kits.

When you have your teeth professionally whitened, your dentist will use strong whitening agents on your teeth, coupled with a special whitening light. Since these whitening agents can be supervised by the dentist, they are much stronger and more effective than the ones found in at-home kits. The whitening agents use a chemical reaction with the molecules in the staining to break the bonds that hold the stain together, giving the teeth a whiter appearance.

One Dental Care in Billerica, MA can guide you on your journey to a Hollywood smile. If you have questions about tooth whitening, or would like to schedule an appointment, call (978) 667-0691 today!