Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration is typically a cosmetic problem. Having stained teeth can affect your smile and your self-esteem.  Your teeth can become discolored by a couple of things, stains on the surface or by changes in the tooth material. Tooth discoloration can be categorized into the three different categories listed below.

  1. Extrinsic discoloration – This occurs when the outer layer (enamel) becomes stained by what we eat and drink, or smoking. Smoking or chewing can have an adverse impact on your dental health.
  2. Intrinsic discoloration – This is when the inner structure (dentin) of the tooth darkens or becomes yellow tinted. It can be caused by too much fluoride as a child, an antibiotic your mother may have been taking while pregnant or you took as a child, trauma to a tooth, or a rare condition you may have been born with called dentinogenosis imperfecta.
  3. Age-related – This is a combination of both the two listed above. Dentin naturally yellows over time as well as the enamel thinning as we get older allowing the dentin to show through.

Common Causes

  • Coffee
  • Red Wine
  • Cola
  • Other drinks or foods
  • Smoking
  • Aging

Prevent Stains with Teeth Whitening

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Many people can be embarrassed by the way that their smile looks.  Stained teeth can harm self-esteem and make you feel less confident in the way you look. Some studies suggest that having a brighter smile may lead to more success in your personal and professional life. If you feel that your smile could use some improving, teeth whitening may be just the thing for you.

Before you consider teeth whitening, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. It’s important to brush and floss your teeth regularly to maintain good oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene is the main contributing factor in discolored teeth in children and adults. Brushing your teeth after every meal can help prevent some stains. Some even suggest rinsing your teeth after having drinks that can stain your teeth. Then, regular cleaning will help to remove dental stains. The next step after cleanings is teeth whitening.

We recommend you see a professional dentist or dental hygienist for a tooth cleaning prior to having teeth whitening. This will help you to attain the best results when you decide to have teeth whitening to brighten your smile and reduce discoloration.

Teeth whitening is a simple, easy and effective technique for fighting stains. You can have a brighter and whiter smile while taking away the embarrassment of yellow or stained teeth. To see what teeth whitening can do for your smile, contact us for a consultation. Or take a look at our money-saving specials!

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