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Over time, it’s common that your teeth may start to show signs of yellowing, staining, or just becoming dull. You may have tried at-home teeth whitening kits from the store, but professional teeth whitening is more likely to give you the results that you may want. Your dentists at Dr. George Salem and Associates, P.C. in Braintree, MA, can explain how professional teeth whitening can help your smile and can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

The Difference Between Professional Teeth Whitening and At-Home Kits

When you buy teeth whitening kits at the store, you may not get the results that you want as quickly as you’d like. When you get your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist in Braintree, MA, your dentist is able to use a more concentrated solution to strip any signs of yellowing and staining from your smile. You may have to whiten your teeth multiple times to get the results that you want with at-home kits, whereas with professional teeth whitening, you will start to notice results immediately.

When you whiten your teeth at home, your results are likely to fade quickly, and you’ll have to be regularly whitening your teeth to keep your white smile. However, when you get your teeth whitened professionally in your dentist’s office, your results will be more immediate, and you’ll notice that your teeth will continue to whiten over the next week or two. Results can last for months if you properly care for your teeth and continue to brush and floss daily.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Stop hiding your smile because of yellowing or staining! Contact your dentists at Dr. George Salem and Associates, P.C. in Braintree, MA, today to learn more about teeth whitening and how it can restore confidence in your smile. Call (781) 843-0660 today!

By George Salem and Associates, PC
December 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How professional teeth whitening from your dentists in Braintree, Massachusetts can give you a dazzling smile

Are people impressed by your smile? When you smile at them, do they smile back? The truth is, a dazzling white smile is the key to making a great first impression. If your smile has grown dull and uninteresting, it’s time to schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment!

The dentists at Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, Massachusetts offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services, including professional teeth whitening to give you a dazzling smile.

There are many reasons why your smile can look dull. Everyday habits like drinking coffee or smoking can lead to a dark, stained smile. As you get older, your smile will become yellow too. It’s just part of normal aging. Fortunately, you can improve your smile with professional teeth whitening!

So, why should you choose professional teeth whitening instead of over-the-counter whitening products? Quite simply, professional teeth whitening offers benefits that can’t be matched by over-the-counter products. Consider that professional teeth whitening is:

  • Extremely effective, because you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades
  • Long-lasting, because your excellent results can last up to 5 years
  • Very safe, because all materials and methods have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association

At Dr. George Salem and Associates, the dentists use top of the line products from BriteSmile™ and LifeLike Cosmetic Solutions.™

You can choose between a speedy in-office treatment, which is the fastest way to a whiter, brighter smile, or a convenient take-home whitening kit, which contains everything you need to whiten and brighten at home.

To find out more about Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions, please visit the website at

If you are dealing with a dull smile, you need to consider professional teeth whitening. To schedule your professional teeth whitening treatment, call the dentists of Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, Massachusetts at (781) 843-0660. Start working on a whiter, brighter smile by calling today!

By George Salem and Associates, PC
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsFind out how professional teeth whitening works and how it can give you amazing results.

No matter whether you are about to walk down the aisle or you just want to feel more confident in your smile, there are many reasons why someone may choose to get teeth whitening treatment. Of course, you may have questions about professional teeth whitening before undergoing treatment. Let our Braintree, MA, cosmetic dentists address all of your questions about this popular cosmetic treatment.

How long does it take to get in-office teeth whitening?

The length of your whitening treatment often depending on the severity of the stains we are treating. Whitening treatment usually takes anywhere from 30-90 minutes. We will also need to clean your teeth beforehand to remove any plaque or tartar buildup.

Can I whiten from the comfort of my own home?

While there are certainly over-the-counter methods for getting a whiter smile many people don’t see the results they are looking for with these simple drugstore kits. Fortunately, you can also turn to your dentist in Braintree, MA, for at-home whitening. The benefit is that you’ll get a more effective whitening system with custom-made trays (for more even results) that will give you results in as little as one week with continued use.

How long will my results last?

This will depend on several factors including how well you keep your teeth clean as well as avoiding certain stain-producing foods and drinks. You can help maintain a whiter smile longer through healthy smile habits. The average whitening patient can often maintain results for up to one year, sometimes two years; however, you may also choose to get a touch-up whitening treatment in about six months.

Who is a good candidate for professional whitening?

Anyone with a healthy smile could benefit from professional whitening. Our in-office system is ideal for those dealing with external stains caused by aging, foods and drinks. Sometimes smoking stains can also be improved through our professional whitening. Internal stains caused by taking certain medications (e.g. antibiotics) aren’t as responsive to teeth whitening. It’s also important to note that professional whitening will not brighten restorations such as fillings or crowns; it only works on tooth enamel.


If professional teeth whitening sounds like the right treatment option for you then call our Braintree, MA, dental office today to schedule a consultation with us. Your radiant smile is only one visit away. Turn to Dr. George Salem and Associates today.


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.”


Bright, naturally white teeth are a key component in a beautiful smile. But the opposite is also true: nothing diminishes an otherwise attractive smile more than stained or discolored teeth.

There is good news, however, about tooth staining: it can be greatly reduced with the right whitening technique. But before taking action we need to first uncover the cause for the staining — whether from the outside or inside of the tooth, or a combination of both.

If it’s an external cause — known as extrinsic staining — our diet is usually the source. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, like red wine, coffee or tea fall in this category, as do foods with pigments called carotenes as found in carrots and oranges. Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application.

There are two basic ways to approach this: with either a professional application at our office or with a home kit purchased at a pharmacy or retail store. Although both types use similar chemicals, the professional application is usually stronger and the whitening effect is obtained quicker and may last longer.

Discoloration can also occur within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, and for various reasons. It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline. Poor development of enamel or dentin (the main sources of natural tooth color), tooth decay, root canal treatments or trauma are also common causes of intrinsic discoloration.

There are techniques to reduce the effects of intrinsic staining, such as placing a bleaching agent inside the tooth following a root canal treatment. In some cases, the best approach may be to restore the tooth with a crown or porcelain veneer. The latter choice is a thin layer of dental material that is permanently bonded to the outer, visible portion of the tooth: it’s life-like color and appearance covers the discoloration, effectively renewing the person’s smile.

If you’ve been embarrassed by stained teeth, visit us for a complete examination. We’ll recommend the right course of action to turn your dull smile into a bright, attractive one.

If you would like more information on treatments for teeth staining, 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 “Teeth Whitening.”

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