Do you ever want to hide your teeth during a conversation or a picture because of their color or shade? Teeth whitening procedures have effectively restored smiles that were stained, dull, or discolored. This procedure could work for you too!
Professional teeth whitening at Tabor Dental Associates can safely whiten your teeth by several shades very quickly. If you want whiter teeth, call us. Let’s discuss your options.
What causes teeth to darken?
The darker, lower layer of your teeth, which is called dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or by substances like coffee and tobacco.
Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel. Products like coffee and tea, berries, and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
Lifestyle choices like food and drink cause one type of stain—one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Another type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications, and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth. Brushing and flossing can’t prevent these types of stains.
Fluorosis happens when you’ve been exposed to too much fluoride too quickly. In normal doses, fluoride promotes strong teeth. Fluorosis occurs when toothpastes and rinses that contain fluoride are swallowed instead of expelled; when fluoridated substances like these are swallowed repeatedly, teeth can darken or stain.
What type of teeth whitening does Tabor Dental Associates recommend?
More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and food and tobacco stains.
Some teeth-whitening toothpastes can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your enamel.
Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but they’re only effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains, such as those from traumatic dental injuries or fluorosis.
Whitening products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers or dental bondings may work better in those cases to give you the aesthetic results you’d like.
Whitening agents often don’t work well on restorations such as crowns, bridges, dental bondings, or composite fillings.
We highly recommend professional whitening performed by our office. We think it is the most effective and safest method. Done properly, the effects of our tooth whitening can last as long as five years.
We can also help you use an over-the-counter whitening system. It can be some somewhat effective as long as it’s monitored closely and directions are followed carefully.
Are you ready for whiter teeth?
If you dread showing off your teeth, call Tabor Dental Associates today. We can make you a professional teeth whitening appointment as soon as we can, so you can get a more brilliant smile quickly.