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By Dennis Lockney, DDS
December 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

In social interactions, teeth are one of your first-noticed and most-seen attributes. Accordingly, having a smile you love can boost your confidence and help ensure that your face-to-face conversations are more enjoyable. If you want to amp up the impact of your first impressions and enhance your smile, teeth whitening can help you do just that! Read below to earn more about how teeth whitening can benefit you, and contact Drs. Dennis and Tyler Lockney in Concord, NC, if you are interested in undergoing treatment.

Am I a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening? 
Before considering teeth whitening, your teeth should be free from teeth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you treat these conditions and ensure that your smile is ready for whitening treatment. Additionally, teeth whitening does not target porcelain dental restorations, meaning that patients who have visible veneers, crowns, bridges, or other restorations may not be a good candidate for whitening procedures. Although in some cases, your dentist can help plan your treatment to accommodate your restorations.

Teeth Whitening Step By Step
Your teeth whitening treatment will last about an hour and it begins with you visiting our Concord office and getting comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Then, your dentist will prepare your teeth and administer the whitening treatment:

  • First, the dentist will separate your teeth from the oral tissues using a dental dam.
  • Next, your dentist will apply whitening gel to the teeth.
  • Depending on the whitening system, your dentist will direct a special UV light at the teeth to speed or enhance the whitening process.
  • The whitening gel then remains on your teeth for about an hour.
  • Finally, the gel is removed from your teeth and the dentist will rinse your mouth to ensure you do not swallow any gel.

After your treatment, you will notice immediate results! If you think you can benefit from teeth whitening, a consultation with your dentist ensures that this is the best treatment plan for you.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Drs. Dennis and Tyler Lockney in Concord, NC at (704) 788-4144!

By Dennis Lockney, DDS
July 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningIn-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments from your dentist’s office can help you get a whiter smile easily. In-office whitening treatments provide the fastest results, while take-home whitening kits are convenient, allowing you to whiten your teeth according to your schedule. Dr. Dennis Lockney and Dr. Tyler Lockney are your dentists for professional in-office and take-home teeth whitening in Concord, NC.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied in-office provide the fastest means of achieving a significantly whiter smile. A professional strength hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is used that whitens the teeth by several shades in a single treatment session with the results lasting for several years before additional treatments are needed. The whitening results achieved with in-office treatments are far superior to what is possible with over-the-counter whitening products that do not contain professional strength bleaching agents.

During in-office teeth whitening treatment in Concord, a plastic retractor is used to hold the mouth open. Then a protective gel is applied over the gums to protect against the whitening gel, which can be a bit too harsh for the gums. The hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is then carefully and evenly applied to the surfaces of the teeth. The whitening gel remains on the teeth for approximately one hour while it penetrates to remove deep stains. When the whitening gel is removed, the teeth will be several shades whiter.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening take-home kits are a convenient alternative to in-office whitening for individuals whose schedules make in-office appointments challenging to arrange. Take-home teeth whitening kits contain a professional strength whitening gel and comfortable plastic trays custom-made to fit perfectly over the top and bottom rows of teeth. When you are ready to whiten your teeth, simply add the whitening gel to the trays and place the trays over the teeth for about an hour. The teeth will be visibly whiter within just a few sessions.

Get a whiter smile easily with professional in-office or take-home teeth whitening treatments. Professional whitening treatments from a dentist are the most effective way to quickly whiten your teeth by several shades. For professional teeth whitening in Concord, NC, schedule an appointment with Drs. Dennis or Tyler Lockney by calling the dental office at (704) 788-4144.

By Dennis Lockney, DDS
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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.”

By Dennis Lockney, DDS
October 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.

Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.

Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment, we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.

If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.

We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.

There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.

If you would like more information on internal bleaching, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”


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.”