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By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Advanced Dental Concepts
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

You can get a whiter smile from the convenience of your own home.

You’ve decided that it’s time to say goodbye to those yellowing dental stains and to finally brighten your smile. Of course, the next step is to decide the best treatment option to help you get the results you need. Sure, you could use a simple over-the-counter whitening system; however, if you want to get safe and effective results from the comfort of your own home our Andover, MA, dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood can offer just that with his professional at-home whitening system.

Professional teeth whitening offers some amazing benefits that you won’t be able to get with simple commercial whitening products. First and foremost, the whitening gel that our Andover, MA, cosmetic dentist will provide you for your at-home treatment is much stronger than other at-home products. This means that you won’t have to leave the whitening trays on your teeth for nearly as long as you would other whitening products before you will start to see results.

Who is right for at-home teeth whitening?

If you have a healthy smile that is free from decay but you want to improve the radiance and brightness of your smile then professional teeth whitening could be ideal for you. Of course, you will have to come in for an evaluation to make sure that you are right for treatment. Patients who have external stains, which are yellow in color, will respond the best to this whitening treatment. Internal stains, on the other hand, aren’t as responsive to this treatment and may benefit from other cosmetic treatments like veneers.

It’s also important to keep in mind that if you have extensive dental work such as fillings or crowns, these restorations will not respond to professional whitening treatment. The whitening gel only works on natural tooth structures. If you have a lot of dental work you may want to discuss your options with our Andover, MA, family dentist to see if teeth whitening is right for you.

Are you ready to get a brighter smile now? If so, then it’s the perfect time to turn to the dental team at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, to find out if at-home whitening is ideal for you. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in our at-home whitening system.

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!