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By Advanced Dental Concepts
November 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how professional teeth whitening can truly create a more radiant smile.teeth whitening

Our teeth take a lot of abuse everyday with the foods and drinks we consume. From guzzling large cups of coffee to enjoying red wine, pasta dripping with tomato sauce and other dark-colored foods, no wonder our smiles just can’t hold up over time. As we get older we all notice that those years of eating and drinking whatever we want have truly dulled our smile. Luckily, our Andover, MA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood can help.

If you are dealing with dental stains and a dull smile due to the foods you eat, smoking or perhaps not brushing as often as you should, then chances are good our whitening system is exactly what you need to refresh your smile. Most people wonder why professional office delivered whitening is more effective than other whitening systems. The secret lies in the strength of the whitening gel and the custom made delivery trays.

When you get a whitening product at your local drugstore or grocery store you may think that it will give you the same results as any other whitening system, but you’re wrong. The gel or toothpaste that you get over-the-counter doesn’t have nearly the same amount of active ingredient (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) as our whitening system does. Having a higher percentage of the stain-fighting ingredient within the whitening gel will get your smile several shades whiter faster.

It’s not unusual for our Andover, MA, dentist to get the results you want in as little as one week. And the good news is that because this is an at-home whitening system, you can re-whiten anytime to maintain your bright new smile.

With the proper care and with good oral hygiene your results could easily last a year or more. 

Why deal with a yellowing smile when you can finally get a radiant smile? Here at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, we are ready to wipe away dental stains and get your smile back on track. Book your consultation with us today!

By Advanced Dental Concepts
August 02, 2017
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 Advanced Dental Concepts
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have ever looked at your smile and wish it was different, you might benefit from a cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve its teeth whiteningappearance. These procedures can boost your confidence and give you a smile you love and feel proud of. One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening, takes only about an hour at a single appointment and can drastically change your smile. Find out more about teeth whitening with Dr. Richard Hopgood at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA.

How does teeth whitening keep my smile white?
Whitening treatments rely on the chemical reactions which occur between the whitening agents and the stains and discolorations on your teeth. The whitening agents break the bonds holding the molecules of the stain together, dissipating the stain and giving your teeth a whiter appearance.

Is teeth whitening permanent?
Teeth stain on two levels, the extrinsic level (outer layer) or the intrinsic level (inner layer). Intrinsic staining comes from things like trauma to the tooth, using certain medications, or too much fluoride. Extrinsic staining occurs on the teeth’s enamel and occurs due to outside elements coming into contact with your tooth. These outside factors often include darkly-colored beverages like coffee or soda, tobacco use or eating darkly-pigmented foods like berries. The only way to avoid stained teeth is to avoid the stain-causing factors altogether. Since this is not always feasible, most teeth whitening patients get touch up whitening appointments once or twice a year to clear up any new staining which may have occurred since their last session.

Teeth Whitening Procedures in Andover, MA
Your whitening procedure occurs right in your dentist’s office and is a quick and easy visit which will last about an hour. Your dentist will place the whitening gel onto the teeth and aim a special light at the teeth to help in the whitening process. After your treatment, you will notice immediate results and have zero downtime, meaning you can get right back to your daily activities like school or work.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Hopgood at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-2431 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hopgood today!

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Would you like whiter teeth but are concerned that the whitening process might be painful? Dr. Richard Hopgood, your Andover, MA teeth whiteningdentist at Advanced Dental Concepts, shares some information about teeth whitening that will help put your mind at ease.

How whitening works

Brushing your teeth is very effective at removing plaque and surface stains but it can't remove deeper stains. These stains tend to develop naturally as you age, particularly if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, cola or red wine, or eat or drink other dark foods and beverages. Whitening agents penetrate your enamel and dentin, the darker layer under the enamel, to remove stains. Over-the-counter whitening products contain carbamide peroxide, while stronger hydrogen peroxide is often used in professional whitening. Because hydrogen peroxide is stronger, it doesn't have to remain on your teeth as long.

Does whitening hurt?

The peroxides used to whiten teeth can cause some tooth sensitivity, particularly if they accidentally get on your gums, roots, lips or cheeks. Many people experience no sensitivity at all, while some people notice mild sensitivity in the first 24 hours after whitening. If you have sensitive teeth before whitening, you are most likely to experience discomfort afterward.

How can I prevent or reduce sensitivity?

Frequent exposure to peroxide can increase your chances of developing painful sensitivity. Unfortunately, since over-the-counter whitening products must be applied multiple times for best results, you may be more likely to notice sensitivity when you use these products. Professional whitening at your dentist's Andover office is a better solution. In most cases, you'll only need one one-hour session to lighten your teeth.

Before beginning whitening treatment, your dentist will take steps to minimize sensitivity. He'll apply a protective gel to your gums and roots to prevent the peroxide from irritating sensitive tissues. After the gel is applied, retractors will be used to gently pull your lips and cheeks away from your teeth to protect them from the whitening agents.

Teeth whitening offers an effective, safe way to improve the appearance of your smile. Call Dr. Hopgood, your Andover, MA dentist at Advanced Dental Concepts, at (978) 475-2431 to schedule an appointment for your teeth whitening session.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
December 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

In recent years, the demand of big, white, Hollywood smiles has risen dramatically. For this reason, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. It can rejuvenate your smile, lifting stubborn stains and leaving your teeth several teeth whiteningshades whiter in as little as one appointment.

Teeth vs. Stains
Before you can understand how whitening procedures work, you must first understand the make up of your teeth. The teeth are made up of two layers. The enamel, or white, outer layer of the teeth, and the deeper layer, called the dentin, which is more yellow in color than the enamel. Staining is often caused by outside elements such as coffee, tea or smoking cigarettes. Staining could also be due to aging, which wears away enamel, causing the yellow-colored dentin to show through. Some situations, like trauma, can cause staining to begin in the lower dentin layer, making these stains much tougher to lift than those on the enamel.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening? 
Good candidates should have generally healthy teeth and gums and realistic expectations for whitening results. Patients with gum disease or cavities will need treatment for those conditions prior to having their teeth whitened. Teeth may also need to be professionally cleaned before a whitening procedure can take place. Children under the age of 16 or pregnant women should not undergo teeth whitening procedures.

What about at-home whitening kits? 
At-home kits may work to lift some of the less stubborn stains that can appear on teeth. However, the chemicals are not as strong as the supervised in-office treatments, meaning that much more drastic results are seen in less time.

If you have been dreaming about having a Hollywood smile, there is no time like the present to schedule a teeth whitening session with Dr. Richard D Hopgood, DMD, MAGD of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-2431 to schedule your appointment today!