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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 Mission Hill Dental
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening from your dentists in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels can renew your smileteeth whitening

Are you hiding your smile? Have you lost self-confidence because of your smile? If you answered yes to these questions, you deserve a professional teeth whitening treatment.

Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard at Mission Hill Dental want to share how to get your confidence back with a professional teeth whitening treatment. They proudly serve residents of Canyon Lake and New Braunfels, TX and they want to help you too.

You can have a dull smile from lifestyle choices like tobacco use, coffee drinking, or even eating dark foods like blueberries. You can also have a yellowing smile due to aging because as you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner, exposing the yellow layer underneath, called dentin. That’s why your smile can look dull and yellowed as you get older.

Many people try over-the-counter whitening products, but these products are not always effective or safe. In fact some products in mall kiosks and grocery stores actually contain harmful chemicals or abrasive agents which can make your teeth sensitive. Professional teeth whitening from your dental office has a long history of safety and effectiveness.

Professional teeth whitening can take your smile from dull to dazzling, easily and quickly. Consider that a professional teeth whitening treatment is:

  • Quick; you can have a dazzling smile in less than 2 hours
  • Inexpensive; professional teeth whitening costs far less than most other cosmetic dental services
  • Confidence building; you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Long-lasting; your new white smile can last up to 5 years

You can choose from a speedy in-office whitening treatment or a convenient take-home kit, containing everything you need to whiten your smile in the privacy of your home. The choice is up to you.

If you are hiding out because of your smile, it’s time to feel good about yourself again! Professional teeth whitening can restore your self-confidence. Get started on your beautiful smile by calling Dr. Lucero and Dr. Willard at Mission Hill Dental, serving residents of Canyon Lake and New Braunfels, TX. Call today to find out more!