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By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
April 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

What makes a smile beautiful? For many people, it's a bright, white color. If your teeth look dingy, update your oral care routine and ask Dr. Kenneth Sharp about professional teeth whitening at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX.

Getting and keeping a white smile

Heredity provides a natural tooth color. It varies from person-to-person, but age, time, and what you put in your mouth can all dull and stain your tooth enamel.

Cigarette smoke, coffee, tea, blueberries, and other dark dietary choices darken tooth surfaces over time, so you should limit them as much as you can.

Additionally, routine oral hygiene at home not only benefits your health, but your smile appearance as well. Here's what you should do every day:

  1. Drink water to rinse your teeth and gums and increase the amount of saliva you produce. Saliva is a natural tooth whitener and anti-microbial agent.
  2. Brush twice a day according to the guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA). Use a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush. Use small circular motions, systematically moving around your mouth. Don't forget your molars and tongue-side of every tooth.
  3. Floss at least once a day to limit the action of corrosive bacteria on tooth enamel and gum tissue.

While some of these practices simply seem health-oriented, remember, a healthy smile is an attractive smile. Dental health has preventive, restorative and cosmetic aspects.

Professional teeth whitening

Your consistent home care may not be enough to keep your smile bright. That's why Dr. Sharp often recommends teeth whitening in his McKinney office.

Yes, there are many whitening products available over-the-counter. However, these toothpaste and rinses often do little to remove stubborn stains. Plus, whitening strips may cause unwanted dental/gum sensitivity.

Your better choice is a one-hour teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Sharp examines all his prospective whitening patients to ensure all is well health-wise. If your teeth and gums are in good health, he will use a powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to power out all organically-based stains. The process takes about an hour, and you'll leave the office with a smile that is up to eight shades whiter than before.

Learn more about teeth whitening

Call Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX, for more tips to maintain your smile appearance and oral health. Phone us at (972) 984-1882.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
November 21, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

According to studies, a growing number of Americans put whiter teeth and a brighter smile at the top of their wish list. Whether you're a whiteninglong-term smoker, coffee drinker, or simply have teeth that have dulled over time, professional teeth whitening can give your smile an instant boost. Here at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX, Dr. Kenneth Sharp offers this service to boost the look of his patients—read on to learn more about this popular cosmetic treatment!


Q: What's the difference between store-bought and professional teeth whitening treatments?

A: Over-the-counter whitening treatments can help, but they rarely deliver notable results and are often very short-lived. Professional treatments from our McKinney office, on the other hand, will create a dramatic, long-lasting improvement in your smile's brightness.


Q: How long does a professional teeth whitening treatment last?

A: The results vary from person to person, but in general, a good professional whitening treatment can last anywhere from a year or longer, provided that you practice good oral hygiene and take precautions to protect your teeth from staining agents like tobacco.


Q: Will I have to change my diet after getting my teeth whitened?

A: For the best results, you'll want to limit exposure to food and drinks that are known to cause dental stains and discolorations, such as coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauces, and dark berries. After all, the same things that make your teeth vulnerable to staining before teeth whitening can also dull your smile after, as well as shorten the lifespan of your treatment.


Q: Do whitening treatments work on existing dental restorations?

A: Dental restorations like cosmetic bonding, tooth-colored fillings, or veneers will not change color with a whitening treatment. If you already have restorations in place, Dr. Sharp will discuss your options with you during a consultation and suggest the best treatment plan for your situation.


Interested? Give us a call

For more information about professional teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic/general dentistry services, contact Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX, today by calling (972) 984-1882.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
July 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A Kelton Research study found that a whitened smile can contribute to your professional, financial, and social success. Given the perks, it may be time to give yourself a whiter smile, and the best way to do that is to get help from Dr. Kenneth Sharp, your dentist at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX. After all, a professional teeth whitening appointment only takes about an hour to complete and provides you with reliable, long-lasting results—read on to learn more!

Ways to Get a Whiter Smile
When many patients realize that their teeth have yellowed a few shades, their first plan of action is often to visit the local pharmacy for an over-the-counter whitening strip or gel. Although most of these products promise an overwhelming improvement to your appearance, they often only deliver disappointing results.

The Best Method: Professional Teeth Whitening
If you are tired of waiting for a whiter smile, it may be time to talk to Dr. Sharp about having your teeth professionally whitened. Here at our McKinney, TX, office, your dentist has access to whitening agents that are far superior to those you would find in a store. Expect to see results soon after you sit down for a 60-to-90-minute whitening session at our office.

A White Smile for Years
One of the benefits of professional teeth whitening is that the teeth will look brighter for up several years—possibly longer if you change your dental and eating habits for the better. For instance, avoid biting into cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and similar foods with your front teeth. Coffee, wine, tea, and other dark-colored beverages can also affect the color of your smile. Each day, think about how your actions (or inaction) could cause stains and yellowing to develop again. Furthermore, you can ask your dentist to recommend a whitening and enamel-protecting toothpaste that you can use every day.

Consult a Cosmetic Dentist
The color of your teeth plays an important role in the attractiveness of your smile. Invest in a professional teeth whitening session at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX today. Contact the dental team for an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Sharp today by calling (972) 984-1882.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
March 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

There are a number of teeth whitening options to put the brightness back into your smile — from professional dentist office applications to over-the-counter products for home use. But before you decide on an option, you should first consider whether whitening is right for you and to what extent.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself — and us — before undergoing a whitening treatment.

Do I have any dental problems that make whitening problematic? The underlying cause of the staining may stem from decay, root canal problems or other dental issues; in these cases the underlying cause needs to be treated first, because whitening would only mask the actual problem. You also may not want to whiten your teeth for aesthetic reasons: people with certain features like short teeth or gummy smiles may find these features become more prominent after teeth whitening. It might be more advisable in these cases to consider other cosmetic options first.

How much whitening do I really need to improve my smile? One of the biggest myths about teeth whitening is the brighter the shade the more attractive the smile. A truly attractive tooth color, however, is more nuanced, and every person’s ideal color is different. The most attractive and natural color is one that matches the whites of your eyes.

What effect will whitening have on existing dental work I already have? In most cases, none — and that could be a problem. Composite resins or ceramic dental material have their color “baked in” and bleaching chemicals used in whitening have no effect on them. The concern then is whether whitening nearby natural teeth may produce a color mismatch between them and the dental restorations, resulting in an unattractive appearance.

Before you decide on teeth whitening, visit us first for a complete exam and consultation. We’ll discuss whether whitening is a good option for you, or whether there are other issues we should address first. We can also advise you on products and techniques, and how to get the most from your whitening experience.

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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
December 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Unlike other types of cosmetic damage, dental stains and discolorations tend to develop gradually, making them difficult to detect in the short term. Your teeth may not necessarily look any different in the mirror or in pictures, but over time you may notice that your smile is not only as white and bright as it once was, but it may actually look several shades darker, or duller than you remember. Unfortunately, following a good oral hygiene routine and even going to the dentist regularly may not be enough to protect your teeth from the stains and discolorations that develop from common lifestyle factors and practices like diet, smoking, genetics, and even the aging process itself. Dr. Kenneth Sharp, a dentist in McKinney, TX, recommends professional teeth whitening treatments for the most effective and long-lasting results.

Professional Teeth Whitening in McKinney, TX

Over the counter products like whitening strips and toothpastes can help to counteract the effects of a daily coffee or tea habit to some degree, but they are not as strong or as effective as the professional grade whitening agents used by a dentist. Not only can a professional whitening treatment potentially whiten your teeth by several shades in a single appointment, they are also safer than some products which be abrasive and damage the enamel layer.

Benefits of Professional Tooth Whitening Treatments

Sometimes a simple whitening procedure is all it takes to transform a dull and discolored smile. In many cases, whiter teeth can make people look younger, more confident and competent in their interactions at work and in social settings, and improve personal confidence and self-esteem in the process.

Find a Dentist in McKinney, TX

Ready to invest in a new and improved smile? Contact Stonebridge Ranch Smiles today by calling (972) 984-1882 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sharp.