Posts for: July, 2017
Previously, Dr. Florian introduced teeth whitening and discussed the most common causes of tooth discoloration. In addition to this, we also discussed why the cause of your discoloration will determine which type of treatment plan will work best for you.
Below, Dr. Florian examines the many types of teeth whitening procedures/products:
At-home teeth whitening:
At-home systems will vary from dental office to dental office. Take home systems can either be custom-made trays or generic trays. These trays will typically be filled with a liquid or gel and worn over night or twice per day for a half hour at a time. These systems can typically whiten your teeth by 3-8 shades and will take a couple of weeks to show results.
In-office teeth whitening:
An in-office procedure is the quickest way to whiten your teeth. While this system does require a visit to the office, and more chair time, it is your best bet to quickly whiten your teeth before an important event! Typically, a product will be applied to your teeth for 30 minutes to an hour. Your dentist may also use a specialized light to enhance the product that is applied to your teeth.
While these types of products cannot harm you, they may not produce the results that you desire. Unfortunately, these products lack a bleaching agent to whiten your teeth by more than just one shade. The abrasives in these products can remove surface stains, but not stains that are within your teeth.
These products are available on the shelves of supermarkets and convenience stores, just like toothpaste. Unlike toothpaste, these products do contain a bleaching agent. However, the bleaching agent in these products will not be as strong, or tailored to your case, like an at-home whitening system from your dentist. If you use an over-the-counter product, you are paying a similar price to systems available through your dentist, and you are losing out on your dentist’s expertise.
As we stated in our previous blog article, products that contain bleach cannot correct all kinds of issues. For certain issues, like discoloration caused by trauma or medication, you may require veneers to have a whiter smile. A veneer is a thin ceramic shell that fits over the surface of your tooth to change the shape, size, and/or color of your teeth. You can choose which shade you want your veneers to be.
Before choosing any type of whitening product or system, make sure you consult with your dentist first. It is critical to know what is causing your discoloration, and how it needs to be approached before starting treatment.
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You can ask almost anyone and they will tell you that they desire a more appealing smile. Due to this, the demand for cosmetic dentistry has experienced a sharp increase in the last several years, and, as part of that increase, more and more people are looking for a great teeth whitening system. Teeth whitening is a minimally invasive procedure that can drastically improve the look of your smile.
While there are many products that whiten your teeth, it is important to first understand why your teeth are discolored to begin with.
Here is a list of the most common reasons why people experience tooth discoloration:
- Old Age: Over time, the enamel of our teeth wears down from day-to-day activities and the things we eat. When your enamel wears down, the inner portion of your tooth is exposed, and this causes your teeth to appear more yellow.
- Foods/Beverages: If you are eating foods or drinking drinks that contain food coloring, are acidic, or have dark pigments, they can cause discoloration. Your enamel, while usually translucent, contains microscopic areas that can trap food particles and cause your teeth to look discolored.
- Tobacco Usage: No surprise here, but tobacco is not good for your overall or oral health. Tobacco causes an increase of plaque and tartar build up and can cause your teeth to look discolored.
- Trauma/Injury: Discoloration is quite common for a tooth after it has received some type of trauma or injury. This can be from biting into something and fracturing/cracking your tooth, or from getting hit in the mouth.
- Pharmaceuticals: Many prescription drugs and medications can cause discoloration as a side effect.
Why is it important to know why your teeth are discolored?
Knowing what caused your discoloration will play an important role in how your specific case is treated. For example, a teeth whitening product that contains a bleaching agent will not be able to treat certain types of discoloration. In addition to this, if you have received a restoration like bonding, a crown, or filling, these will not respond to a bleaching agent.
Make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep an eye out for our next blog article. In this article, Dr. Florian will look at what teeth whitening treatment options are available.
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