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By Garner Family Dentistry
December 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Everyone wants to have a bright smile, but your pearly whites can lose some of their brightness if you drink tea and coffee, you smoke, or as you grow older. Professional teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to restore your white smile and the results will last. Dr. Cynthia L. Garner is a dentist at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC. She offers in-chair teeth whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening Vs. At-home Whitening

Mount Pleasant dental patients have found that having their teeth whitened at Garner Family Dentistry is much better than using an over-the-counter whitening kit because:

  • Quicker results: Professional whitening can be done in an hour or less. DIY kits can take several weeks to achieve the desired results.
  • Better results: In most cases, in-chair whitening can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades. Because home kits use weaker bleaching agents, they can only whiten your teeth 1-2 shades.
  • More even results: Often, DIY kits don’t whiten the teeth evenly and some stains may be left behind. Dr. Garner is there to ensure that this does not happen with professional whitening.
  • Lasting results: Once you have had professional whitening, the results can last for over a year. After that time, you can have a top-up treatment every six months or so to maintain your bright smile.
  • No damage to gums: Because Dr. Garner has had specialist training in professional teeth whitening, she knows how to protect your gums and mouth tissue from the bleaching agents used to whiten teeth. This means that you will not have any discomfort during the procedure, and you will not suffer from gum or tooth sensitivity after the procedure. There is a risk of both of these problems with DIY whitening kits.

If you live in Mount Pleasant and you would like to find out more about professional teeth whitening call Dr. Garner at (843) 884-6002 to schedule a consultation.

By By Garner Family Dentistry
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening   Cosmetic  

Dr. Cynthia Garner of Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, provides her patients with cosmetic dentistry procedures to beautify their smiles, regardless of whether the issue is severe discolorations or teeth that are crooked, chipped, or broken.

Here are a few cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer:

Teeth Whitening

Teeth are porous, and these pores collect bacteria as well as various particles from food and beverages. Teeth whitening is when your dentist uses a bleaching agent that penetrates those pores and whitens stains. After the procedure, your teeth will be several shades lighter and last for about two to three years, depending on your teeth and your lifestyle. For a longer-lasting effect, make sure you avoid smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking too much coffee or tea, and eating stain-causing food.

Dental Bonding

This non-invasive technique is used to remodel damaged teeth. Your Mount Pleasant dentist uses tooth-colored resin, made of bisphenol A-glycidyl methacrylate (BIS-GMA) and an inorganic filler like silica, in order to treat dental imperfections such as stains, cracks, chips, and gaps between teeth. The resin is applied, shaped and hardened with a dental laser during a quick and discomfort-free procedure. Prior to treatment, your dentist must first treat any cavities or underlying issues, but most patients quickly become candidates once these problems are addressed.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are custom-made, wafer-thin porcelain shells that are cemented to the surface of teeth to conceal discolorations, minor misalignments, and cosmetic damage. Some enamel is removed from the surface of teeth to prevent veneers from protruding, resulting in perfectly-fitting restorations and a fully rejuvenated smile.

Contact Us

If you're interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry from Garner Family Dentistry, then don't hesitate to call Dr. Cynthia Garner in her Mount Pleasant, SC, office at (843) 884-6002 today to schedule an appointment!

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.


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.”