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By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

A one-hour teeth whitening procedure might sound too good to be true, but at Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts' dental office in Redlands, CA, teeth whiteningour staff is happy to make it a reality for our patients. Not only is the process quick, but the results are noticeably more dramatic that what is achieved from at-home whitening gels, strips and toothpastes. The rest of the benefits of a one-hour whitening appointment are explained here.


Why waste time applying gel strips every day for weeks at a time? In just one relaxing visit to your Redlands dentist, you can have noticeably whiter teeth! Let our trained staff do the work for you while you enjoy the immediate and impressive results from a one-hour whitening appointment from Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts.

Long-lasting results

While at-home whitening kits have the same ingredients as professional treatments, they contain less-concentrated bleaching agents, making their results harder to achieve and to maintain. But when you spend just one hour whitening your teeth in Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts' dental office, you can enjoy six months to a year of a brighter, more beautiful smile! Your Redlands dentist will determine the best maintenance schedule for you.


It may be tempting to leave whitening strips or trays on your teeth longer than the instructions indicate. However, not following the directions to the letter can result in uncomfortable tooth sensitivity and potential chemical burns on your gums, tongue or cheeks. That's another reason why visiting us for professional teeth whitening is your best bet: our highly-skilled staff will prepare your mouth before beginning the treatment, which will keep you comfortable both during and after your treatment.

If you're ready to have a more beautiful smile in just an hour's time, we here at Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts' dental office in Redlands, CA look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call to set up an evaluation today!

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
October 27, 2016
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.”