Nowadays a lot of people choose to whiten their teeth in order to have a brighter and a more beautiful smile. Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth.
This procedure can be a very effective way of whitening the natural color of your teeth without remove any of the tooth surface. It also helps to remove stains and discoloration. So this process will make your teeth appear whiter. You can whiten your teeth in a dental practice, you can bleach them at home or you can use whitening toothpastes.
Teeth whitening done by your dentist can get teeth brighter faster. The bleaching solution is usually stronger than at-home kits. It requires only one visit. The dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums to protect them. Bleach is then applied to the teeth and a special light will be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. In an hour, this procedure can make your teeth 10 shades whiter.
What are the causes my teeth get darker?
There are a lot of reasons your teeth change their color over time:
- Food and drink. Coffee, tea and red wine cause the majority of the stains on our teeth. This is because they contain intense color pigments that attack the enamel of the tooth.
- Bellow the enamel there is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.
- Some medications. Teeth can get darker as a side effect of certain antihistamines or high blood pressure medications.
- Head and neck radiation and chemotherapy can also darken teeth.
- Tobacco use. Tar and nicotine are two chemicals substances that create stains on your teeth. So your teeth will become yellow.
Side effects of teeth whitening
Whitening is unlikely to cause serious side effects. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity, but only for a short while. You may also get minor gum irritation. But these symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days after the treatment. Pregnant women should avoid teeth whitening until they deliver the baby.
There is no reason to avoid teeth whitening if your dentist recommends you to have this procedure done.
Who should have their teeth whitened?
Teeth whitening works best for people with yellow teeth and is less effective for people with brown/grey teeth. It only works on natural teeth. It will not work on dentures, bridges or crowns. Teeth whitening is safe for most people and the best candidates are those who only have mild to moderate discoloration.
How do I keep my teeth white after this procedure?
You can try to avoid foods and beverages that can stain teeth. This includes black teas and coffees, red wine, carbonates drinks, sauces (soy, tomato). Teeth whitening could be a perfect reason to give up smoking. This is because smoking is a major cause for teeth staining. Do not forget to brush your teeth twice a day, to floss daily and do regularly visit your dentist.
Teeth whitening performed by a dentist in a dental office is the most effective way to get the best and safest results. Stronger agents are used, but the gums and the mouth are protected. Your dentist can manage any tooth sensitivity that may occur after this procedure.
If you want a brighter smile, call Dr. Arhiri to make an appointment. 610.647.7611 is our phone number. He will explain you the entire procedure and he will guide you.