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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.


A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.

That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.

Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.

Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.

For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.

Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?


Team USA figure skater Adam Rippon became one of the breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea last month. But it wasn’t just his acrobatics on the ice that dazzled—it was also his bright smile. As it turns out, the 28-year-old skater had prepared for his big moment on the world stage not only by practicing his jumps…but also by whitening his teeth.

Teeth whitening is a great way to prepare for a special day: a wedding, graduation or any time you want to look your best. Compared to many other cosmetic dental treatments, teeth whitening is less expensive and takes fewer office visits to achieve noticeable results.  It all starts with a dental exam, where we will make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of an underlying dental issue that needs treatment. We can also give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect from various bleaching methods.

Professional in-office whitening treatments offer the fastest and most dramatic results. Using concentrated bleaching solutions, it’s often possible to lighten teeth up to 10 shades in a single hour! Yet we always take care to protect the sensitive soft tissues of your mouth (gums, lips, etc.) from the powerful bleaching solutions.

We can also prepare a take-home kit that will allow you to achieve similar results at home, though the process will take longer (usually a few weeks). We will provide you with bleaching trays that are custom-made from a model of your mouth for a precise fit, along with bleaching gel to use at home. What’s great about the trays is that you can give yourself a touchup treatment months (or even years) later by getting another tube of bleach from the dental office.

If you have questions about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

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.


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.”

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