The importance of having a good smile cannot be emphasized enough. Your smile can create an instant positive or negative impression. As such, having healthy, clean teeth sends a strong message to everyone with whom you interact.
What are the causes of discoloration?
As we age, our teeth go from white to progressively more discolored. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, plus teeth tend to darken as we age. Changes in the enamel of the tooth or dentin of the tooth can cause internal tooth discoloration. High levels of fluoride, tetracycline, antibiotics, tooth decay, root canal and teeth problems can be the cause of internal tooth discoloration. External tooth discoloration on the other hand is a result of consumption of foods and tobacco products.
How can I get my teeth whitened and what is involved?
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Your local dentist is always the best option when dealing with whitening solutions as they are equipped to deal with issues that may arise such as tooth sensitivity. If you take care of your teeth through regular use of brushing and teeth whitening options, your teeth whitening solution can last for over a year and longer. Although teeth whitening affects only the front eight teeth it is possible to brighten several shades within an hour.
Over-the-Counter Tooth Whitening Systems
Whitening strips are one of the most common over-the-counter solutions. Other options include whitening toothpaste, chewing gum and mouth trays (with gel). In many cases it may be safe to use these products, however it is a good idea to consult your dentist for expert advice. Expert advice from your dentist is definitely the best method for brightening your smile. Mouth trays fitting is an example of when it is a good idea to consult your dentist. Many of the over the counter options are perhaps not custom fit for your specific teeth shape.
Benefits of using in-office whitening treatments:
- The teeth whitening gel contains a buffer that protects tooth enamel.
- The rest of the mouth, including the gums are protected from the stronger materials the dentist is using.