Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
3Age-RelatedDentalProblemsandwhatyoucandoAboutThem

Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.

Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.

Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.

Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.

Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.

You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.

If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
3QuestionsYouShouldAskbeforeUndergoingTeethWhitening

There are a number of teeth whitening options to put the brightness back into your smile — from professional dentist office applications to over-the-counter products for home use. But before you decide on an option, you should first consider whether whitening is right for you and to what extent.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself — and us — before undergoing a whitening treatment.

Do I have any dental problems that make whitening problematic? The underlying cause of the staining may stem from decay, root canal problems or other dental issues; in these cases the underlying cause needs to be treated first, because whitening would only mask the actual problem. You also may not want to whiten your teeth for aesthetic reasons: people with certain features like short teeth or gummy smiles may find these features become more prominent after teeth whitening. It might be more advisable in these cases to consider other cosmetic options first.

How much whitening do I really need to improve my smile? One of the biggest myths about teeth whitening is the brighter the shade the more attractive the smile. A truly attractive tooth color, however, is more nuanced, and every person’s ideal color is different. The most attractive and natural color is one that matches the whites of your eyes.

What effect will whitening have on existing dental work I already have? In most cases, none — and that could be a problem. Composite resins or ceramic dental material have their color “baked in” and bleaching chemicals used in whitening have no effect on them. The concern then is whether whitening nearby natural teeth may produce a color mismatch between them and the dental restorations, resulting in an unattractive appearance.

Before you decide on teeth whitening, visit us first for a complete exam and consultation. We’ll discuss whether whitening is a good option for you, or whether there are other issues we should address first. We can also advise you on products and techniques, and how to get the most from your whitening experience.

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 Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 29, 2018
Category: Dental
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningHave you lost your dazzling smile? While it may be disheartening to feel like you have lost your best accessory— your white smile —you can get it back. Professional teeth whitening removes years of dental stains and the process is safe. Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland offer teeth whitening in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA. Read on to learn about your professional teeth whitening options.

In-Office Whitening

Before starting, your dentist will make a record of the current shade of your teeth. Your mouth will be isolated with cotton rolls or gauze to keep your teeth dry. Retractors may be used to keep your tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the bleaching gel. A barrier will be placed along your gum line to protect it from exposure to the solution. Next, your teeth will be coated with bleaching gel. Your dentist will combine the gel with a light to speed up the process. Once the optimum shade has been reached, your teeth will be rinsed. 

Take-Home Whitening 

Dispensed by a dentist, take-home whitening allows you to get professional results at your convenience in an effective, safe way. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and use that to make a fitted dental tray. The bleaching gel goes inside the mouth guard. It comes in several strengths. You can wear the mouth guard while you sleep if you have a lighter gel, or for an hour each day if it’s a higher-power option. Take-home teeth whitening provide great results in 2 or 3 weeks of use.

Benefits of a White Smile

Stained teeth can ruin your smile and appearance. Your smile is usually the first thing others notice about you. A professional teeth whitening treatment will help you leave behind the discomfort and embarrassment of stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening can whiten your smile, improve your appearance, and boost your self-esteem, which carries into the many different aspects of your life. 

Teeth Whitening Consultation 

To get the process started, find a dentist near you in Lawrenceville or Suwanee and schedule a consultation. If you have healthy teeth and gums, you may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Only your dentist can determine if professional teeth whitening is suitable for you after performing an oral exam to ensure proper health. Patients with gum disease, tooth decay, or exposed roots are poor candidates for teeth whitening. These dental issues need to be addressed before seeking cosmetic treatments.

Want a Beautiful Smile? Call Us Today!

Get a beautiful smile right now. Call our dental office at 770-963-2424 right now to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening in Lawrenceville, GA. Call 678-269-4910 to schedule an appointment in Suwanee, GA. Professional teeth will do you and your smile a world of good.

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
September 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

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 Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Even just one small dental stain can affect the whole appearance of your smile. That may be why one of the most requested services at teeth whiteningdentist offices is teeth whitening and stain removal. With the help of Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland, you can say goodbye to your dental stains after just one visit to their Lawrenceville or Suwanee, GA dental office.

Sources of Dental Stains
Your teeth can develop stains from many different sources including food and environmental factors. Here are some of the most common culprits:

- Darkly pigmented beverages like tea, coffee, and wine.
- Dark fruits like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranate.
- Certain medications that can change the enamel color.
- Injury (a blow to a tooth may cause it to darken in color over time).

Getting Rid of Stains
Your Lawrenceville or Suwanee, GA dentist can eliminate most dental stains with just one professional teeth whitening treatment. It takes just an hour, is very simple, and the results can last up to five years. After retracting your lips and cheeks away from your teeth, a high-powered bleaching agent is applied to each tooth. The bleaching gel brightens the shade of your teeth significantly as you wait. You also have the option to get take-home whitening trays. In the case of very stubborn stains, veneers may be the best option.

Keeping Stains from Forming
Dental stains are avoidable. Keep these tips in mind after your teeth whitening appointment:

- Avoid drinking hot beverages and eating hot foods directly after your appointment.
- Use a toothpaste designed to protect your teeth from staining.
- Talk to your doctor about an alternative medication if you find out that one is causing chronic dental stains.

Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
Your smile will look renewed and free from stains after one teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Jennifer McCoy or Dr. Katherine Copeland. Call (770) 963-2424 today to schedule an appointment at the Lawrenceville office or (678) 269-4910 to visit the Suwanee, GA office.