Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
June 27, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningIs your smile as white and beautiful as it could be? If you are disappointed in your smile because of yellowing or staining, it’s time to discover the benefits of teeth whitening. Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, SC, offers a complete line-up of dental services including professional teeth whitening to enhance your smile!

Causes of dull teeth

There are many reasons why you may have a darker smile. Tobacco use, coffee and tea consumption, and eating darkly pigmented foods like blueberries are just a few of the reasons why your smile may have lost its brightness.

One of the main causes of a yellowing smile is normal aging. As you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner, allowing you to see the layer of dentin that lies underneath. This dentin layer is yellow, so its exposure will give your smile a dull look as you age.

More about teeth whitening

These are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy with professional teeth whitening:

  • A brighter, whiter smile, because you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Long-lasting results, because the effects of professional teeth whitening can last up to 5 years
  • Safe treatment, because professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association

In addition to these benefits, in-office professional teeth whitening treatment is also quick—only taking about an hour! The in-office treatment is the perfect choice if you want a whiter smile in a hurry, or if you have a special event coming up.

There is also a take-home whitening kit that contains everything you need to whiten your smile safely and effectively at your own convenience.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Johnson’s patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at

Interested? Give us a call!

Professional teeth whitening can give you a great smile easily and quickly. To find out more about teeth whitening and other cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, SC, today at (803) 788-2555.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you wish you had a brighter or whiter smile, you are in luck. You can improve the appearance of your dull or stained smile with teeth teeth whiteningwhitening, a simple, in-office procedure which can provide dramatic results. But is teeth whitening right for you? Find out more about this procedure and how it can help you with Dr. Joel Johnson at his practice in Columbia, SC.

How does teeth whitening work? 
Teeth whitening uses a chemical reaction between the chemicals in the whitening materials used during the treatment and the stains on your teeth. The chemicals break down the bonds holding together the stain’s molecules. By breaking these bonds, the stain breaks up and its molecules go their separate ways, allowing a whitened appearance.

Can teeth whitening help my smile?
In-office teeth whitening can benefit anyone who wants to brighten or whiten their smile. However, nursing or pregnant women or those with serious teeth sensitivity may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Additionally, patients with porcelain dental restorations like veneers do not make good candidates for teeth whitening since porcelain does not react to the whitening procedure like your natural teeth. This can cause an uneven result.

What to Expect During a Teeth Whitening Procedure 
First, your dentist will separate the teeth from the gums using a dental dam. This ensures that the whitening procedure’s chemicals do not irritate the gums or cause discomfort. Then, your dentist applies the whitening gel and lets it sit on the teeth for about 45 minutes. Depending on the kind of whitening method your dentist uses, a UV light directed at the teeth may help with the whitening process. After the procedure, your dentist will rinse the teeth and you may return to your daily activities immediately.

Teeth Whitening in Columbia, SC
It is important to consult with your dentist prior to receiving a teeth whitening treatment. This will ensure that you are a good candidate for teeth whitening and that other cosmetic procedures, like veneers, are not more suitable to your situation. It also allows you the time you need to ask questions or bring up any concerns you have with teeth whitening. 

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Johnson at his practice in Columbia, SC. Call (803) 788-2555 to schedule your appointment today!

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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 Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Why live with a dull smile when you can easily get a whiter, more radiant smile in no time?teeth whitening

Don’t get us wrong; at-home teeth whitening kits and whitening toothpastes can certainly be a great way to prevent new stains from forming, but in terms of battling those stubborn, set-in stains, these over-the-counter products fall flat. Don’t let your smile fall flat, too. Our Columbia, SC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson, makes it easy to achieve a glowing smile through professional teeth whitening.

Did you know that the enamel, or outer layer of your tooth, has pores? That’s right, they do! Just like pores on your skin can trap bacteria, these pores in your enamel can trap stains caused by eating certain foods or drinks, or by tobacco use. Stains can also set in if you aren’t someone who maintains good oral health.

Of course, as we get older, we also notice that age takes a toll on the color and radiance of our smile. That’s because the enamel layer gets thinner over time and the layer underneath the enamel, known as the dentin, gets darker.

If you want to tackle these external stains that sit on the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth, then professional teeth whitening could be right for you. Traditional in-office teeth whitening uses a professional-grade bleaching gel that you won’t be able to find over-the-counter. This gel contains a high percentage of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, the two most common active ingredients for whitening natural teeth. The gel is applied over the teeth right here in our Columbia dental office.

The gel will remain on your teeth as we direct a special light beam over your teeth to help speed up the gel’s whitening process and to get your smile several shades whiter. In-office whitening can take as little as 30 minutes and up to one hour or more, depending on the severity of your stains and the results you want to achieve.

Some patients will be more than satisfied with only getting one whitening sessions while others may choose to return to our Columbia dentist for repeat treatments to get an even whiter smile. There is no faster and easier way to get a smile multiple shades whiter in about one hour.

Don’t let dental stains ruin your beautiful smile. Dr. Johnson is dedicated to giving you a smile you’ll always be proud to show off. If you want to learn more about getting teeth whitening treatment in Columbia, SC, then call us today.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

For many of us, getting to the dentist for necessary treatments like a cleaning, or even a filling can be difficult. Whether due to fear, busy schedules, or concerns over costs, millions of Americans forgo general and cosmetic dentistry treatments each year. According to Reuters, studies have found that less than half of American adults over the age of 65 regularly go to the dentist (at least once a year).

In addition to the elevated risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems, skipping the dentist also means needlessly living with cosmetic issues that tarnish the smile - and quality of life - over time. Dr. Joel Johnson, your dentist in Columbia, SC, advises patients to think of regular dental care as an extension of a general healthcare and wellness plan. In many cases, a single visit for a non-invasive professional teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding procedure is enough to give new life to a damaged smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbia, SC

Dr. Johnson offers treatment options for every situation and budget. Cosmetic dentistry procedures improve the appearance of the teeth (such as whitening), and they can also be restorative, improving function, such as with broken, fractured or missing teeth. Some of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening - (take-home or in-office options available)
  • Bonding - cosmetic bonding is one of the most affordable and efficient methods for fixing minor chips, cracks, sizing and spacing issues. It is also commonly used to seal a tooth after a root canal
  • Porcelain veneers - similar to bonding, veneers can fix the size, shape, spacing and overall general appearance of the teeth, using natural looking composite resin
  • Implants - the cosmetic dental crowns are attached to an implant that replaces the root of the missing tooth

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Columbia, SC

Even small cosmetic improvements can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your smile. For more information, and to find the procedure that is right for you, contact the office of Dr. Johnson by calling (803) 788-2555 to schedule an appointment today.

Columbia, SC Dentist
Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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