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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 Hoffmaster Dental
August 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.

If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.

Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.

You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.

It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.

Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”

Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, 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 “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….

By Hoffmaster Dental
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Why does your smile look darker now than it did ten years ago? Your enamel actually absorbs organic matter, changing your tooth color teeth whiteningand how you feel about your smile. Would you like to brighten it safely, quickly and dramatically? Then, come to Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, for a professional teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Robert Hoffmaster. As his name implies, he's a master at enhancing smile appearance and can help you achieve a great look.

No two smiles are alike

Nor should they be. We are, after all, individuals with smiles that express our unique personalities. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people notice your smile before they see your hair color, height, or other physical attributes. That's how important your teeth are to your self-image and confidence.

Unfortunately, your teeth actually trap staining material from:

  • Cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco
  • Dark beverages such as sports drinks, coffee, tea, and colas
  • Dark foods such as soy sauce and curry
  • Accumulated plaque and tartar from neglected oral hygiene
  • Some prescription medications such as antihistamines and antihypertensives

Additionally, your teeth naturally yellow and become dull with age. However, with professional teeth whitening in York you may lift that dark look right out of your smile.

Who can get their teeth whitened?

Teens and adults who have healthy gums, no decay and limited restorations likely are candidates. When you visit Hoffmaster Dental, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and take some X-rays to be sure all is well. Then, you can choose either in-office or at-home whitening.

How it works

Both methods use concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. In the office, your dentist protects your gums and lips with a rubber dam and then swabs on the gel. It penetrates your tooth enamel as you relax in the dental chair. When it's rinsed off, teeth are brighter by eight shades of color in just about an hour.

With at-home whitening, you elect to wear custom-made acrylic trays which fit snugly over your teeth. You fill them with the peroxide gel and wear them daily as Dr. Hoffmaster directs. The results are the same as in-office whitening: you're able to say goodbye to those stubborn dental stains.

To keep a whitened smile bright, stop tobacco in all forms, limit dark foods and drinks and brush and floss thoroughly every day. Also, visit Hoffmaster Dental semi-annually for check-ups, cleanings and occasional whitening touch-ups as needed.

Why wait?

You can have a great, bright smile soon! Call Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, for your whitening consultation: (717) 846-9428.

By Bowser Dental Arts
September 30, 2016
Category: Oral Health

With 400 million cups consumed each day, coffee is a habit American people are more than willing to indulge. Unfortunately, coffee does come with some negative side effects, one of which is staining of the teeth. Dr. Michael Bowser, your dentist in York, PA, has further coffee stainsinformation about the staining properties of coffee and how to manage them.

Why does coffee stain teeth?

Among other components, coffee beans contain tannins, which are antioxidant molecules found in plants. While these molecules, known as polyphenols, are good for your health, they make it easier for the yellow-colored pigments in coffee to stick to your teeth. Since the enamel of your teeth has microscopic pits and grooves in it, these tannins have plenty of places to take up residence every time you drink a cup of coffee. Over time, this leads to discoloration of the teeth. In fact, dentists like Dr. Bowser have found that just one cup of coffee per day can result in noticeable staining.

How can I eliminate and prevent staining?

Giving up the coffee habit, for most people, isn't an option, so your dentist has some suggestions for how to lessen the staining effects:

  • Try to limit your coffee drinking to one specific time, instead of refilling your cup throughout the day.
  • Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after drinking coffee.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste to keep surface stains at bay.
  • Stay current on regular cleanings at Bowser Dental Arts in York, PA.

Whitening treatments from your dentist are a great way to erase the effects of coffee that have built up over time. If you'd like more information about whitening, or any other dental procedure, we encourage you to contact Bowser Dental Arts in York, PA for more information...after you've finished that cup of coffee, of course.