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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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If you are in the North Royalton, OH area, and are in need of a dentist, our team welcomes you to contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Florian and his team are always looking for new patients who are serious about the health, function, and appearance of their smile!
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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As you probably already know, smoking cigarettes is one of the worst habits you can develop. Smoking cigarettes can negatively affect your overall and oral health. Strictly in regards to your oral health, smoking can cause discolored teeth, plaque and tartar build up, and can put you at greater risk of oral cancer.
At Royalton Family Dentistry, we want everyone in the North Royalton area to have the best oral and overall health possible. For this reason, Dr. Florian has outlined some common triggers of smoking and things you may want to eliminate in order to stop smoking.
The most common smoking trigger is related to stress. This means that keeping your stress levels under control could help you eliminate a desire to smoke. Some good ways to decrease your levels of stress include listening to relaxing music, doing some yoga, meditating, or receiving a massage.
Another common trigger is consuming alcohol. If this is the case for you, then we recommend staying away from alcohol. If you are going to be in a situation where you want to drink, make sure there are no cigarettes or other tobacco products available to you.
A third, and final trigger for smoking that Dr. Florian will discuss is the desire to smoke after you have a meal. There are many things you can choose to replace cigarettes, including chewing gum, mints, a snack, or maybe a sweet dessert. We recommend finding what will take the edge off of your smoking trigger and enjoy that instead.
If you are serious about quitting, visit smokefree.gov for even more resources.
Have you experienced tooth discoloration or other dental health problem as a result of smoking? If so, contact Dr. Florian today at 440-237-1700 for an appointment to discuss our teeth whitening services.
One of the most common questions from my patients in Cuyahoga County is how they can whiten their teeth and brighten their smile. This is because certain products we consume can break down the enamel in our teeth and cause stains. This can be caused by the acidity levels or by artificial food colorings.
Rule of thumb: If it can stain your carpet, it can stain your teeth!
The surface of our teeth have microscopic ridges that trap particles of food that can lead to stains on your teeth. Beverages like coffee, tes, and colas can all lead to a great deal of tooth discoloration. Cola is especially bad due to the high levels of acid which will break down your tooth enamel.
Many processed foods can also cause a lot of staining in teeth. The reason for this is due to the food coloring in these foods. This includes juices, popsicles, candies, sherbert, tomato sauce, and more.
Dr. Florian recommends that you continue good dental habits. These habits should include brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice per day. These habits will help you eliminate some of your tooth discoloration and will help you keep your mouth healthy. If you would like to get more serious about your teeth whitening options please consult Dr. Florian.