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By John M. Burns, D.D.S.
January 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsWhat Teeth Whitening Can Do for You

Want a sparkling smile? Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve the bright-white smile you've always wanted. Professional teeth whitening removes years of teeth stains and the process is very safe and hassle-free. John M. Burns, D.D.S., which is located in Hingham, MA, offers professional solutions for patients who want a white smile. Dr. John Burns is one of the top dentists in Hingham, MA. Read on to find out what teeth whitening can do for you.

1. You will have a bright smile.

Dental stains can ruin a beautiful smile. A professional teeth whitening treatment will enhance your smile and make you feel better about yourself. Take-home teeth whitening involves custom dental trays filled with a whitening gel that you can use at home. For in-office teeth whitening, your dentist will combine a whitening gel with a dental light.

2. You will get better results.

You will get fantastic results in less time if you have your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist. Many OTC teeth whitening products are available including whitening pens, mouth rinses, gels, strips, and toothpastes. Not everyone will see great results with OTC products. The bleaching solutions dentists use are much stronger than OTC teeth whitening kits.

3. You will see results quickly.

You can whiten your teeth in a flash with a professional in-office whitening treatment. In-office teeth whitening will give you a white smile in about 45 minutes. Professional teeth whitening treatments produce very effective results. Still another popular dental procedure is one that you complete entirely at home. A take-home teeth whitening treatment provides great results in one or two weeks.

4. You will look years younger.

Despite our advancing age, many of us want to look younger. According to a recent study, a healthy-looking smile makes adults look younger. Teeth bleaching is effective in restoring a youthful appearance. Who doesn't want to look younger- or better?

Get a celebrity smile today! Call Dr. John Burns at 781-749-6750 today to schedule an appointment for a professional teeth whitening treatment in Hingham, MA.


At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”


When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”


There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.

There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.

You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.

The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.  Ask us if this is an option.

We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.

Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.  It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.

Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”

There are many teeth whitening options available today, including both over-the-counter products and professional treatments. Over-teeth whiteningthe-counter products are certainly convenient, but the desired results can take a long time to achieve. Fortunately, getting a whiter smile doesn’t have to take forever. Professional teeth whitening treatments yield quicker results that are longer lasting. Professional treatments are available at the dental office of Dr. John M. Burns, your Hingham, MA dentist.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth can become stained or discolored over time due to a variety of factors, including smoking, consuming certain foods and beverages, taking medications and aging or sustaining a traumatic injury. In Hingham, MA, many teeth whitening options are available. Over-the-counter whitening products, such as toothpastes, gels, strips and rinses are convenient and affordable options. However, professional teeth whitening can give you a much whiter and brighter smile with results that last up to five years.

The quality of whitening agents used to brighten teeth during a professional whitening treatment is much higher than what is available for purchase over-the-counter. The higher quality means that patients can achieve their desired level of whitening and brightening in just one appointment. On the other hand, it can take several months to achieve significantly brighter teeth using over-the-counter whitening products. Further, over-the-counter whitening results can fade in a short time.

In addition to a whiter smile with results that last longer, professional teeth whitening treatments done in your dentist’s office offer another advantage over at-home whitening products. When applying over-the-counter whitening treatments at home, it is difficult to protect the gums and other sensitive areas of the mouth from the the bleaching agents used in the whitening products.

Professional whitening treatments performed by a dentist are much safer than over-the-counter products applied at home. The dentist can apply the whitening product much more precisely to minimize contact with the gums and other areas of the mouth. Additionally, a special gel can also be applied directly to the gums to protect against irritation from the whitening gel.

Getting a whiter smile doesn’t have to take forever. You can have a significantly brighter smile after just one professional treatment and results can last for up to five years. For professional teeth whitening in Hingham, MA contact the office of Dr. Burns at (781) 749-6750.

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