Boosting confidence with a brighter smile is why teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure. However, several things can inhibit the whitening process. Contact Teeth Whitening Las Vegas now!
The most effective whitening products contain peroxide chemicals that penetrate the enamel and oxidize darkly colored molecules to bleach away tooth color. Your dentist will recommend the best whitening product for you.
Tooth staining is a common dental problem; many seek tooth whitening to improve their smile. While whiter teeth are often perceived as more attractive, there is no reason to feel self-conscious about the color of your natural smile.
Teeth whitening involves physically removing tooth discoloration or lightening the shade of the remaining enamel by bleaching chemicals. Most whitening products contain hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, a compound that breaks down in water to release oxygen and lighten the enamel. In-office whitening systems may also utilize lights or lasers to accelerate and enhance the bleaching effect.
Two main types of discoloration affect the teeth: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are in the tooth’s interior, usually due to demineralization or fluorosis. They are characterized by brown, yellow, or gray coloration that exposes the dentin. Bleaching treatments do not easily lighten them. In some cases, these stains can be corrected by veneers or bonding.
Extrinsic stains are on the outside of the teeth and are typically caused by smoking, pigmented foods and drinks (coffee, wine, etc), antibiotics, and even metals such as iron or copper. These stains are adsorbed by the acquired dental pellicle or directly onto the surface of the enamel.
To avoid stains, maintain proper oral hygiene habits and see your dentist for regular cleanings by a hygienist. In addition, sip through a straw to reduce the amount of contact your teeth have with staining liquids like coffee and red wine. Depending on your lifestyle, you may need to touch up your smile with a whitening treatment every six months to ensure your smile stays bright and beautiful.
Smokers will likely have a harder time keeping their teeth white than nonsmokers. Nicotine can stain the teeth and make them yellow or brown. Over time, stains can become deep in the tooth enamel. Even with regular brushing and flossing, these stains might be too stubborn to remove. If this is the case, then you may need to have your teeth professionally whitened.
Teeth whitening treatments use chemicals like hydrogen peroxide to bleach away discolorations from the tooth surface. However, if you continue smoking after the treatment, your stained teeth will reappear. It’s best to skip the whitening treatment until you have successfully quit smoking altogether.
If you’re still a smoker, then there are some things that you can do to help maintain a white smile. Regular brushing, flossing, and using a prescribed whitening toothpaste will help keep your teeth healthy. You should also avoid consuming foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, red wine, or tea.
You can also try whitening products you can buy over the counter, such as whitening strips or gel pens. However, these types of whitening products can cause sensitivity in the gums if you don’t follow the instructions carefully. It is recommended only to use these products if you have no other teeth whitening options and are sure that you can safely follow the directions. Alternatively, you can ask your dentist to perform a professional whitening treatment. They can use a stronger bleaching solution to reach deeper stains and will often use custom-made trays that will be more comfortable for you than over-the-counter whitening strips or gels. They’ll also be able to check that you don’t have any other dental problems that could interfere with your whitening treatment.
Your teeth are naturally white, but certain foods and drinks can discolor them. The outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, has tiny pores that absorb color from food and drink. This happens when acid from these foods and beverages eats away at the enamel or when temperature changes enlarge the pores. Certain chemicals, like chromogens and tannins, make staining more likely.
Highly pigmented foods and beverages, like berries, dark teas, coffee, red wine, and tomato sauce, have a high risk of staining your teeth. These food and drink stains come from intensely colored molecules called chromogens that easily stick to the enamel or compounds that boost a chromogen’s ability to attach, like tannins.
If you can’t give up your morning cup of joe or evening glass of vino, try sipping them through a straw to prevent direct contact with your teeth. You can also add milk to your tea or coffee, which helps reduce the staining potential by absorbing some of the chromogens and tannins.
Carbonated drinks, like soda and energy drinks, are another common cause of teeth staining. Their acids and dyes erode the protective enamel and often contain added sugar, making them even more likely to stain your teeth. If you must consume a carbonated beverage, try to do so with a straw and sip water afterward to rinse away the stain-causing acids.
A bright white smile is a powerful self-esteem booster that can positively impact almost every aspect of your life. Teeth whitening treatments, whether in-office or custom trays you take home, can lighten teeth by two to seven shades depending on the type of stain.
The whitening process involves bleaching the natural tooth enamel to lighten its color. Only your natural teeth can be whitened, not dental restorations such as veneers, crowns, and fillings. Professional teeth whitening treatments use higher concentrations of bleaching agents and are typically completed in several short sessions. During treatment, the dentist may monitor your progress with a whitening shade guide to ensure you reach your desired whiteness.
Although tooth whitening is not permanent, the results can last a few months to three years and may be extended with regular touch-up treatments. To maintain your new-found whiteness, continue to brush and floss regularly, avoid foods and drinks that stain, and resist smoking and red wine. If your teeth become discolored after a whitening treatment, a visit to the dentist for an in-office touch-up is recommended to restore your beautiful smile.
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure with low risk when performed under the care of a dental professional. Although many beauty salons offer whitening, they are not licensed to perform dentistry, which puts your oral health at risk. Your dentist can recommend a professional whitening product to lighten your teeth and help prevent cavities and gum disease. Using an over-the-counter product or teeth whitening without a dentist’s recommendation can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums. The ADA strongly advises you to seek the advice of a dental professional when selecting and applying a whitening product.
Your dentist will use this information to identify potential problem areas and can then formulate a plan to prevent or treat them. This can help you avoid more extensive and costly treatment down the road. Regular exams can also help monitor and manage oral conditions such as gum disease or a misaligned jaw, making them easier to treat when caught in the early stages.
It is important to come in for your dental exams as often as your dentist recommends. Brushing and flossing regularly is also a good idea, as this can help keep your teeth healthy between appointments. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, it is best to bring them up at your appointment so they can be addressed immediately.
Most dental insurance plans will cover the cost of an oral examination, including a full mouth evaluation and annual X-rays. The X-rays will allow your dentist to see the hidden parts of your teeth and can help to detect tooth decay, bone loss, and other issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye. While X-rays expose you to a small amount of radiation, the risk is extremely low compared to the benefits of detecting problems in their earliest and most treatable stage. For patients nervous about their exam, our office offers nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) or oral conscious sedation to help make the experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.