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By Garner Family Dentistry
February 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

How a teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC, can give you a great smile

If you want to rejuvenate your smile, a professional teeth whitening treatment is the choice to make. You can achieve a beautiful, bright teeth whiteningwhite smile that will make a great impression. Your smile is your trademark, so make your smile stand out. Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, can help rejuvenate your smile.

There are many lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking coffee that can make your smile dull and dingy. Aging is also a big reason why your smile might not be as white as when you were younger. As you age, your enamel becomes thinner so you see through to the layer underneath, called dentin. Dentin is yellow, and gets even darker with age. That’s why your smile isn’t as white as it could be.

You can reverse the effects of tobacco and coffee. You can also take back what the years have done to your smile. Professional teeth whitening brightens and whitens your smile and offers many benefits.

Did you know…

  • You can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Your whitening results can last up to 5 years
  • Treatment is quick, often taking only about an hour
  • Professional whitening has been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness

When you choose professional teeth whitening from Dr. Garner, you can expect excellent results quickly and safely. Over-the-counter whitening treatments don’t offer the same safety or effectiveness. In fact, some over-the-counter products contain chemicals and abrasives that can make your teeth more sensitive.

Your professional teeth whitening treatment begins with prescription-strength whitening gel placed on your teeth. The gel is activated using a high-tech ultraviolet light. You can achieve excellent results in about an hour.  For those that prefer home whiting kits, Dr. Garner also provides tooth whitening kits with prescription strength whiteners.  Professional teeth whitening is a great choice if you have a special event coming up, or you just want a great-looking smile!

If you want to rejuvenate your smile, choose professional teeth whitening! Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, today!

By Garner Family Dentistry
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t you want a quick and simple solution to get a more vibrant smile? We thought so!teeth whitening

Have at-home whitening kits from your local drugstore and whitening toothpastes just not given you the results that you had hoped for? Do you still notice yellow, stained teeth from all those years of coffee drinking? If you are looking for a quick fix then it’s the perfect time to turn to our Mount Pleasant, SC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner, to learn more about in-office teeth whitening.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

There is a reason teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options in Mount Pleasant. After all, this is one amazing and fast way to remove dental stains and to get a more vibrant smile that you’ll actually notice.

Of course, there are many different reasons why teeth can stain and turn yellow over the years, including:

  • Certain foods and drinks
  • Taking antibiotic for long periods of time
  • Trauma to a tooth
  • Excessive fluoride intake
  • Genetics
  • Tobacco consumption

Professional teeth whitening works by breaking up the stain molecules that have formed on the enamel, or outer portion of your tooth. Stains caused by smoking or by consuming certain foods and drinks like red wine or coffee can be broken up successfully with our in-office system.

Not only that, but the inner portion of the tooth soaks up the hydrogen or carbamide peroxide (the active ingredient) found within the whitening gel to make the tooth appear lighter and more radiant.

What whitening option is right for me?

The choice you make about whether in-office or at-home whitening is right for you is one you can discuss with our Mount Pleasant cosmetic dentist before you take the plunge. If you have some pretty serious stains then you may want to consider getting in-office whitening because the bleaching gel is much stronger, so you’ll see results more quickly.

However, if you are looking to save some money while also getting a brighter smile then you may just want to consider the at-home whitening approach (and no this doesn’t mean those over-the-counter whitening kits you’ve been using). Your dentist also offers an at-home system that is much stronger than anything you’ll get in your oral care aisle. Custom whitening trays coupled with strong whitening gel ensures that you see results with continued use in just a couple of weeks.

Have questions about professional teeth whitening? Ready to find out what amazing results lie behind this cosmetic treatment? Then it’s time you called Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, to find out if this is the right treatment for your smile.

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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 Garner Family Dentistry
November 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

You can easily wipe away food and drink-related dental stains with professional teeth whitening.

It’s okay to admit it: You love your coffee. You join a whopping 83 percent of American adults who also love drinking coffee. In fact, the US is considered the world’s biggest coffee consumer. Of course, being a coffee drinker you may also notice that your teeth are certainly not as white as they could be. If this bugs you, it’s time to turn to our Mount Pleasant, SC dentist, Dr. Cynthia L. Garner, for professional teeth whitening and amazing results.

There are several options to choose from when it comes to removing dental stains and brightening your smile:

  • Professional in-office teeth whitening
  • Our professional at-home whitening system
  • Over-the-counter whitening kits
  • Whitening toothpastes and strips

If you are looking to really remove those stubborn coffee stains, professional in-office whitening in Mount Pleasant is the best option for you. In just one whitening session we can get some smiles up to eight shades whiter (or even brighter!). You’ll leave our office with a visibly brighter smile that you will be proud to show off. If you have an important event coming up and you want an effective way to eliminate coffee stains, our in-office system is it!

Of course, if you are looking for a more economical approach to whitening, talk to our Mount Pleasant cosmetic dentist about our at-home whitening system. While it won’t get your smile whiter in just one session, it can give you the results you want in about one to two weeks. These results are still much faster than what you will achieve with over-the-counter whitening products.

If you are ready to get professional teeth whitening in Mount Pleasant, SC, it’s time you called Garner Family Dentistry today to schedule your consultation and find out if whitening is right for you.

By Garner Family Dentistry
May 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
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Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman has won international recognition for his work on stage, screen and television, including his long-running portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men film series, and his Academy-Award-nominated starring role in Les Miserables. Oh, and did we mention he was named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine in 2008? So when Jackman once said “I have shocking teeth”… what did he mean?

“[My dentist] looked at my teeth and went, ‘Oh, my God, you've got gray teeth,’” the actor stated. The proposed cure: tooth whitening. But what if the action hero's teeth were brightened too much — would his look still convey his trademark rugged charm? To see how that issue was resolved, let's look a little closer at various methods of tooth whitening.

All Whitening Isn't the Same
Everyone has seen the kind of over-the-counter tooth whitening strips advertised in magazines and sold in drug stores. Most dentists agree that, given enough time, they can work in many cases. But there may be problems, too.

One is that unless you know what's actually causing the darkening, you can't be sure if there is an underlying issue that needs treatment — a root-canal problem, for example. Bleaching a diseased tooth is like painting over a rusty car: it camouflages the problem, but doesn't fix it. That's one reason why, before any whitening treatment is attempted, it's important to have a complete dental examination, with x-rays.

Another is that without professional supervision, it's more difficult to control the degree of whitening you will end up with. For safety reasons, over-the-counter whitening products have the least concentrated bleaching agent, and will probably require weeks of use to produce noticeable results. The next step up — a custom-designed, at-home bleaching kit from our office — will likely produce results twice as fast.

The Professional Advantage
At-home bleaching done under our supervision uses stronger whitening agents with a flexible plastic tray that's custom-made to fit your teeth. It's a cost-effective way to achieve several shades of whitening in a relatively short time. Plus, with the advantage of our experience and guidance, you can get excellent results safely and efficiently.

If you want the fastest and most controllable whitening, however, in-office whitening treatments are the best way to go. According to one study, using the most concentrated whiteners in a safe clinical setting produced a six-shade improvement in just three office visits! This would have required a week or more of at-home bleaching, or upwards of 16 daily applications of the over-the-counter whitening products!

In-office whitening also offers the greatest degree of control over the outcome. That's why it was the method Hugh Jackman chose for his treatments. By adjusting the concentration of the bleaching solution and the treatment time, Jackman's dentist made sure his teeth were pleasingly light — but still looked completely natural. And in our office, we can do the same for you.

So whether you're looking for a dazzlingly bright smile or a more subtle enhancement, the best way to start is to call our office for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”