Teeth Whitening

From Dull to Radiant in As Little As One Trip

Everyone should observe a regular dental hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing twice a day, or after every meal, for 2 minutes at a time. This can help your teeth stay bright and healthy. However, it may not always be enough – especially if you indulge in behavior that could increase your risk of staining your teeth. If you feel your smile is looking a little lackluster, or wish your smile had more sparkle to it, you’re not alone! A study done by the America Association of Orthodontists discovered that roughly 90% of dental health patients have requested some form of tooth whitening from their primary oral care provider.

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What is Tooth Whitening?

There are a huge variety of tooth whitening services available to patients both over-the-counter and through your dentist. Essentially, the whitening procedure involves a specialized tray, strip, or paste that is applied to your teeth with either a hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide solution. It is left on for a predetermined amount of time during which it bleaches the enamel, leaving your mouth looking whiter and cleaner than before. Tooth whitening is an ideal solution for patients who have slightly discolored or yellowed teeth, but it is important to remember that whitening will not respond as well to teeth with brown or gray tones. In more severe cases, Dr. Susana Kulangara may recommend veneers  or crowns .

What Caused My Teeth To Yellow?

Over time, there are a number of reasons why your teeth can lose their sparkle and dull. Some include:

  • Drinks like coffee, dark teas, and red wine are all known to be major staining causes. The intense color pigments in these drinks called chromogens attach to your enamel and are hard to remove, even with regular brushing.
  • Exposure to traumatic experiences like injuries to the mouth can sometimes cause discoloration to occur because your mouth lays down a thicker layer of dentin.
  • Certain medications such as antihistamines, high blood pressure medication, and antipsychotics can cause your teeth to develop stains and discoloration as a side effect.
  • Tobacco is a common cause of tooth staining and yellowing, as tar is naturally dark and tends to leave traces of behind on a smoker’s teeth.
  • Age and time are other factors that can affect the radiance of your smile, as the enamel has a tendency to wear down over time, revealing the darker toned dentin underneath.
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