If your teeth are no longer as white as they once were even with a good oral hygiene routine at home, there are several factors that can contribute to the color change of teeth. At HomeTown Dental at Sherman, we work with our patients to find the best in teeth whitening solutions, to meet individual needs.
Tooth whitening treatments are the cosmetic dentistry procedure performed most often in the country. And for good reason. It is safer and more effective than over-the-counter kits.
Not every person is going to be a good candidate for a teeth whitening treatment. It is important to meet with our dentist to understand your candidacy for each type of whitening treatment.
Causes Of Teeth Stains
Stained teeth are almost inevitable, even with a good hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing. The natural aging process itself can result in teeth color changing. Smoking and other nicotine product use can be one of the most damaging factors facing your teeth.
The foods and drinks that we enjoy can also contribute to the staining of our teeth. Wine, coffee, tea, and dark soft drinks are all contributors to teeth stains. Berries, tomatoes, and other dark-colored foods can lead to changes to your teeth.
Options For Whitening Teeth
There are many kinds of toothpaste, strips, rinses, and gels offered over-the-counter. Each with the promise of whitening your teeth. These products contain a bleaching agent called hydrogen peroxide. Those who use them can see minor changes to the color of their teeth, with extended use.
The in-office teeth whitening treatments offered by our dentist will use similar bleaching agents, but at a higher concentration. This bleaching agent is safely combined with LED lights that help to accelerate the effectiveness of the solution. Some patients are able to see dramatic whitening results in just one treatment.
An at-home treatment prescribed by our dentist can also produce remarkable results. Whitening trays, worn in the comfort of your home for a few hours a day, can produce results in a few weeks.
Candidates For Teeth Whitening Treatments
Teeth whitening products can produce great results, for most patients. That said, there are some who are not good candidates for teeth whitening treatments and procedures. Patients who have gum disease and related gum recession could find that the whitening solutions cause discomfort and irritation. Any signs of decay or gum disease should be addressed prior to undergoing any cosmetic treatments.
Crowns, veneers, and fillings cannot be changed by whitening products. If you do use any type of whitening products, you may see that your teeth start to show different colors as the natural tooth is whitened. There are other ways to get that pearly white smile you’re looking for.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe For Your Teeth?
When done under the supervision of our dentist, teeth whitening, and whitening products are safe. The bleaching ingredient used to whiten teeth may result in some temporary sensitivity. There can also be an irritation to the gums with some over-the-counter gels and trays. It is important to always discuss your teeth whitening goals with our dentist, prior to investing in any store-bought kits or products.
Maintaining Teeth Whitening Results
Maintaining the results of your teeth whitening treatment is as easy as ensuring you keep up with your good oral hygiene routine. Brush, floss, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash. It is also just as important to keep up with your routine checkups and professional dental cleanings every six months.
Don’t smoke, chew, or use any products that contain nicotine. These products will stain your teeth and can lead to further damage. Reduce your intake of red wine, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Also consider reducing the amount of dark foods that you enjoy, including berries and tomato sauces.
If you cannot brush your teeth after a cup of coffee or a meal containing a dark sauce, be sure to drink plenty of water. The water will help to reduce the bacteria in your mouth and reduce the stain-causing drinks and food that may otherwise lurk.
Call HomeTown Dental at Sherman at (430) 202-5033 to schedule your consultation for teeth whitening.