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By Asuncion Dental Group
January 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

A whiter smile can do wonders for your appearance and confidence.

One of the things that change as we get older is the color of our smile. Have you noticed that your smile looks a little lackluster these days? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people are dealing with stained and yellowing teeth that make them feel self-conscious. Fortunately, our Frederick, MD, cosmetic dentist Dr. Frederick Asuncion can easily brighten and enhance your smile with the help of professional teeth whitening.

Here’s why people are throwing out their at-home whitening kits and turning to professional teeth whitening,

Customized Treatment is Key

Regardless of whether you are interested in teeth whitening or the other cosmetic treatments we offer, when you walk into our Frederick, MD, office we understand that no two patient’s needs and goals are exactly the same. Therefore, your whitening treatment shouldn’t be the same as everyone else’s. Here, everyone’s whitening session is tailored to their individual needs.

Some patients with deep, dark stains may achieve better results with our chairside whitening system, while those with slightly yellow teeth may do better with the whitening kits that we prepare for you to use at home. When you come in for your consultation, we will learn more about your specific cosmetic goals so that we can customize your whitening treatment to meet your needs.

You’ll Enjoy Superior Results

If you’ve been trying at-home bleaching kits for a while now and still aren’t seeing the results you had hoped for, you aren’t alone. Many people come to our office for teeth whitening because they are fed up with drugstore whitening products that just don’t seem to work. That’s because this over-the-counter whitening gel contains such a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide that you won’t ever be able to achieve the same instant and significant results that you can with professional teeth whitening.

Professional whitening gels can contain up to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide, which means that you can achieve visible results in a much shorter amount of time (think, a single session versus two weeks of daily at-home whitening).

If you want to feel more confident in your appearance, professional teeth whitening from our Frederick, MD, dentists can help restore your self-esteem. Call Asuncion Dental Group today at (301) 620-8882 to find out if teeth whitening is right for you.


To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.

With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.

The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…

Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.

A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.

And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.

One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.

If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “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.”

By Asuncion Dental Group
July 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

One day you take a good, long look at your smile in the mirror and realize that it’s not white, but rather a dull shade of tan or yellow. That’steeth whitening the moment when you should start exploring teeth whitening options. A visit with a general dentist at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, MD, will inspire you to brighten your smile.

Over the Counter Whitening Options
When they notice that their smiles have dulled, many patients will try a store-bought product. Common choices include toothpastes that have whitening properties, strips that you're supposed to wear for hours each day, and mouthwashes that are supposed to wash away stains with regular use. Though these products are easily accessible and relatively cheap, they simply do not provide the results that a dental visit will.

Take Home Trays
If you decide to go to your Frederick general dentist to address your tooth discoloration and staining, you’ll be presented with a couple of options. One is a do-it-yourself treatment that you can administer at home on your own time. You’ll be assigned two custom flexible dental trays and a special whitening gel. You must add the gel to the trays and wear them each day for about an hour. It may take a few weeks to get your smile white again.

In-Office Dental Whitening
When you want results right away, in-office teeth whitening is the best option. There are no daily tasks required, messy products or trays, or fear of not getting the results you want. The dentist applies a hydrogen peroxide-based gel directly to the teeth and activates the whitening process using a dental light. Because of the strength of the whitening gel and the direct application of light heat, results are shown after only 60-90 minutes of waiting.

The Best Option for Your Smile
The choice you make to whiten your smile will depend on your personal goals, timeline, and need for convenience. The quickest and most effective option is in-office teeth whitening by a general dentist at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, MD. Call (301) 620-8882 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Frederick Asuncion.

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