James Island Dental Associates
Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry
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Our Technology
At James Island Dental Associates, we are excited to offer a new way of imaging for our patients. Dr. Thomas and Dr. Weir now have the ability to perform CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) of our patients’ jaws with our new low radiation Planmeca ProMax 3D.
What Our Patients Say
  • You are a top-notch dental practice! I have been to several in my lifetime and yours tops the list of professional services, timeliness of appointments and a wonderful staff! I have found your business runs like a well-oiled machine which I do appreciate. Many thanks to Dr. Weir, Dr. Thomas and your kind and caring staff.
    Ginni P.
    No issues, just accolades! Everything went very well and was particularly impressed at your attention to customer service. Both dentist and DA explained what they were doing at every step of the way, I got full answers to all of my questions. You seem to have the needs of the patient at the heart of everything you do!
    Phil W.
  • The staff was great during the procedure. Having wisdom teeth extracted was a bit distressing but confidence of staff helped me get through the process and have had very little pain afterwards. Great job team Thomas!!!
    Brett K.
    As with previous visits, this one was smooth and efficient. The technician answered my questions about whitening my teeth and was very thoughtful and friendly. I would, and have, recommended your practice to friends and co-workers.
  • We usually see Dr. Weir and this was our first time seeing Dr. Thomas, but he was great as well. Ms. Holly is the greatest, especially with kids. I used to have a major fear of going to the dentist and now it's kind of a nice thing to do. Thank you all!
    Very professional and courteous staff. Clean office, thorough work, and wonderful patient care. I feel very confident with the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Weir and would highly recommend his services. Top notch support staff.

What's Happening to Your Teeth during Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening has continued to gain in popularity, and no wonder. It’s safe, easy, affordable, and quick. You can make an appointment for teeth whitening during your lunch hour—and leave the dentist with teeth many shades whiter than when you came in.

If you have been thinking about teeth whitening in Charleston, you might be wonder just what is happening to your teeth during whitening. Let’s take a look at just how the process works.

Your Tooth Enamel

The “enamel” portion of your tooth is the outer layer. The color of that outer layer is a reflection of the color of the dentin layer below the enamel. The thickness and smoothness of your tooth enamel is something you are born with. The thinner the enamel, the more the dentin layer beneath it shows. The tooth enamel can hold onto stains from lifestyle habits such as:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking staining liquids such as coffee, tea, and wine
  • Poor oral care

These are known as “extrinsic” stains.

As we get older, the enamel on our teeth naturally gets thinner, so the dentin that shows through makes your teeth look darker.

There can also be stains inside the tooth. Called “intrinsic stains,” these are usually caused by exposure to excess fluoride while teeth are developing or tetracycline antibiotics taken by a pregnant woman. Sometimes trauma can cause a tooth to become a darker color.

The Whitening Process

Most dentists will recommend that you have your teeth cleaned before teeth whitening to ensure better results.

In-office teeth whitening involves the use of a more powerful whitening gel than anything you can purchase over-the-counter. The active ingredient of the whitening gel is usually carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which permeates the teeth, lifting even the most deep-seated stains.

A specialized light is also used to activate the whitening gel. The process is usually repeated up to three times during an appointment, depending on how stained your teeth are and how white you would like them to be. Keep in mind that teeth whitening is more effective on extrinsic stains than intrinsic.

Find out more about teeth whitening in Charleston, contact James Island Dental Associates. Call us today!

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