Whiter, Brighter Teeth –It’s Easy to Whiten
You may look in the mirror and wonder how, after brushing and flossing, your teeth are still stained and discolored. You may even flip through a magazine and find yourself longing for a model’s or movie star’s smile. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with discolored or stained teeth. If you would like a whiter, brighter smile, talk to Aventura dental associates about teeth whitening.
Why Teeth Look Discolored
Your teeth may become discolored for a variety of reasons. Chemicals in tobacco, coffee, tea, and red wine can change the color of your teeth when you enjoy these products regularly. Certain medications (such as tetracycline), excessive fluoride, and previous dental work may also cause unsightly stains on your tooth enamel. Even aging can make your teeth more discolored as you grow older.
Genetics can also determine the color of your teeth. While we think of tooth enamel as white, the natural, unstained shade of your teeth can range from pearly white to bluish gray to pale yellow. Even if you brush and floss daily, you may have genetically inherited healthy teeth that do not naturally look white.
In-office whitening is one of the safest and quickest ways to safely whiten your teeth. During this process, The doctors will place a protective rubber dam around your gums and apply a solution of 15 to 35 percent carbamide peroxide, a chemical found in most bleaching products, to your teeth. If you’d prefer not to wait, may also use a laser or special lamp to speed up the bleaching process. In-office whitening can give you dazzlingly white teeth in under an hour!
Home Use Whiteners
If you’d prefer not to wait in our office, The doctors can create clear, customized bleaching trays for you and recommend a bleaching solution. You can pour this solution, which usually contains 10 percent carbamide peroxide, in the trays and wear them during the day or at night, at home or work, to whiten your teeth. The doctors recommends that you use the trays for an hour a day over one to two weeks to achieve the best effects, but you will notice brighter teeth from bleaching immediately. You can also purchase home use whiteners over the counter. While there are so many on the market, most of these products are not as effective as the bleaching methods available in our office. Nonetheless, they can be a quick and easy way to whiten your smile. Since each one is different, you may want to ask The doctors to recommend a product. You should also follow the directions on the package when using, and never use whiteners for more than the recommended time period.
If you’ve had dental work done in your mouth, or if bleaching and whitening can’t get your teeth as white as you’d like, talk to The doctors about whitening your teeth with one of their restorative services. He may recommend bonding, a procedure where a long-lasting, tooth-colored composite resin is placed on the surface of the tooth and shaped to mask imperfections, such as discoloration. Another alternative may be veneers, a service where a thin layer of porcelain, resin, or other material is applied to the tooth surface to change the color of your teeth. Or he may recommend crowns, a tooth-shaped restoration that completely covers the natural tooth to just below the gum line. To find out which one is best for you, talk to us.
If your teeth are sensitive to bleaching, The doctors may recommend a dentifrice or whitening toothpaste. These contain chemical or polishing agents to remove stains gently from the surface of your teeth. While your teeth won’t be as white as if you used a bleaching system, whitening toothpaste is safe, easy to use, and can be purchased over the counter.
What To Expect
With all whitening systems, you are advised not to eat, drink, or consume anything that can discolor your teeth, since recently-whitened teeth are more likely to absorb stains. If you can, try to abstain from products that stain indefinitely since this will keep your teeth whiter.
You may want to hold off on that cup of hot coffee or glass of iced tea anyway, since whitening systems can cause increased sensitivity in your teeth and gums. These side effects pass with time, but if they persist or other problems arise, contact The doctors immediately. Not all whitening systems are alike and some people, such as those with recessed gums or exposed root surfaces, should avoid certain bleaching products.