Our teeth can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a shiny white color through the use of bleach.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Drinking coffee, tea, wine, or sodas frequently. Many foods have staining ability such as tomato and darker sauces.
Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in younger children.
Aging causes the enamel of a tooth to gradually darken.
Use of tobacco products, even Vaping.
Accidents – If a tooth has been traumatized, or has nerve damage a tooth will die
After Root Canal, a dead tooth will generally darken.
Teeth whitening methods
There are two popular teeth whitening options available through your dentist. The first, in-office teeth whitening, produces a significant color change in your teeth in a short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist’s office by applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.
The second method involves the use of take home whitening kits. These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually, the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.
In-Office Dentist Whitening vs At-Home Whitening
People love the idea of having pearly white teeth, but don’t have a lot of time to spend at the dentist or assume that professional teeth whitening is too expensive. So they might turn instead to at-home tooth whitening treatments in order to lighten the shades of their teeth.
So which Teeth Whitening Treatment is right for you?
This is really the first thing you should find out before starting to whiten; there’s no point in having brighter whiter teeth if they are then not functioning like they should. Here’s a quick guide to the most common teeth whitening procedures and their pros and cons.
At the office of Joseph Rajabi DDS, we place a bleaching agent onto the teeth and ‘activate’ it with a laser. Before doing so, we will place protection over your gums and use gentle instruments to help keep the mouth open during the treatment.
Pros: It’s Fast! (This is our one hour in-office treatment). It is very effective in lightening teeth; extremely safe for both your teeth and gums, and we are standing by to assist you throughout the 1-hour procedure.
Cons: Initially can be more costly than Do-It-Yourself alternatives; needs to be done at a dentist’s office rather than at home.
Professional teeth whitening treatments
These treatments begin in our dentist offices. We will use a custom made tray to protect your teeth as the procedure begins. Then, you will take your custom trays home and begin whiten your teeth regularly between dentist appointments.
Pros: Effective; may cause as little tooth sensitivity.
Cons: These treatment are sometimes offered by unlicensed places like beauty salons, which your gums and teeth are at risk of permanent damage. These type of treatment takes more time and effort than laser treatments, and may not suit some people.
At-home whitening treatments
These include things like whitening strips and paint-on whiteners. We have all heard of whitening toothpaste and mouth washes too, but it doesn’t actually make your teeth lighter, it simply assists in removing stains from your teeth.
Pros: Usually cheaper than any other whitening treatment; can be effective for temporary whiteness.
Cons: These types of products do not last nearly as long as our dental whitening treatments and contain a much lower concentration of bleach. Also, some of these products in the market contain enough acidic solution to erode away your tooth enamel if it is used too much and you could damage your gums.
Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening so contact us today to book your FREE CONSULTATION and professional guidance.
Visiting our offices is guaranteed to get your teeth a lighter shade of white, and will save you money in the long run.
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