If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you can give it a brighter, whiter and brand new look through teeth whitening treatments. It is natural for your teeth to get stained and discolored over the years due to many contributing factors, may it be controllable or uncontrollable. But despite all these, there are ways by which you can enhance the look and the quality of your smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the commonly performed procedure in dentistry because of the way that it enhances your smile. But before we find out more on teeth whitening, it is also important for you to know how your teeth get stained and discolored.
Below are some of the most common reasons behind teeth discoloration.
- Consumption of certain food and drinks such as coffee, wine and tea. These food contain chromogens, or intense color pigments that stick to the enamel of your teeth.
- Tobacco and cigarette smoking can also be one of the major reasons behind teeth discoloration because of the chemical contained in them, which are the tar and nicotine. These chemicals, once they get mixed with oxygen, can turn into a yellowish color. This is why you would notice a difference with the teeth color of those people who smoke and those who do not.
- Age is also a natural contributing factor for teeth discoloration because as you get older, the enamel of your teeth becomes thinner which exposes more of the underlying layer called the dentin.
- Injury or trauma to your teeth can also cause discoloration because it exposes more dentin and dentin is darker in color.
- Certain antibiotics and medications like antihistamines, antipsychotics and medications for hypertension can have teeth darkening as their side effects.
- Some people also have genetically brighter and thicker enamel than others.
- Teeth discoloration can also be because of certain diseases and conditions. This is because these diseases have an effect on the dentin and the enamel of your teeth which cause the teeth discoloration. In addition, the treatments provided to certain boy conditions can also have an impact on the natural color of your teeth. An example would be the teeth discoloration that is because of head and neck radiation, as well as chemotherapy. Even pregnant mothers who experience infection can get discolored teeth.
- Excessive ingestion of fluoride can also cause spots or stains to appear on your teeth. Fluoride can be found in water or products like toothpaste and mouth rinses. It can also be manually applied when you get fluoride treatment from your dentist. However, too much fluoride can still eventually lead to teeth discoloration.
Better understanding of the reasons behind teeth discoloration can help you realize the things that you should avoid in order to maintain the natural white color of your teeth. But whenever you feel like you need to do something about the discoloration of your teeth, you need not worry because there are ways on how you can get your teeth whitened.
- Professional teeth whitening / in-office teeth whitening system
Professional teeth whitening treatment is a procedure done in a dental office where the dentist uses stronger bleaching agents to improve the shade of your teeth and make it whiter in just a matter of one visit. These bleaching agents can cause teeth sensitivity if not properly and carefully applied, but your dentist knows how to protect your teeth and gums during the procedure in such a way where you will not be experiencing any discomfort after the treatment.
This method of teeth whitening is proven to be safe and effective because it can make your teeth whiter in just a matter of one session. In fact, you will be able to notice the difference as soon as you step out of your dentist’s office.
- Over the counter teeth whitening system
These teeth whitening methods are the ones that you can just purchase over the counter without the need of your dentist’s prescription. Some whitening products that you can just buy are whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, whitening gums and many others. These are, most of the time, safe for use but it would be better to consult your dentist if unsure.
For more information on Teeth Whitening, you can call Manchester Smiles at (860) 265-8047, or visit our dental office at Manchester Smiles, 168 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT 06040