Age affects more that just our skin. To look young, it is not only important to have a great complexion, it is also important to understand other aspects that give away your age. One such aspect is your teeth.
Smiles are valuable
Whiter teeth mean a brighter smile giving the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile. Virtually all adults believe a smile is an important social asset. Most adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success.
If you are not happy with your smile, teeth whitening may be a good first step.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
While there are various ways to lighten or brighten teeth, there are also several different ways for teeth to become discolored. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods. Also, teeth do tend to darken as we age. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma.
External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, mainly foods and tobacco. The main causes of external tooth yellowing are smoking, foods with tannins, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) or Home Tooth Whitening Systems
Commercially available tooth whitening systems have become popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use. They include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe products.
While over-the-counter tooth whitening products are available, dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile.
Call Dr. Braverman @ 561.5754255 of Aesthetic Dental of Jupiter regarding any of your questions and concerns regarding teeth whitening.