Smiling is nonverbal communication that we use to express our emotions. We notice if someone’s pearly whites are not so white anymore. Cosmetic dentistry has been on the rise recently to restore the brightness and shine to one’s mouth through noninvasive procedures.
There are many different options when it comes to teeth whitening procedures.
The most important step before getting them done is to understand why your teeth are discolored, to begin with.
Listed below are the most common reasons for teeth discoloration:
Age: Over time, the outer enamel layer of your teeth begin to wear away. Underneath the harder outer layer is another softer layer called dentin. As the enamel wears away, it reveals the yellowish dentin beneath it.
Food and Drink: What we eat is just as important to our teeth as it is to the rest of our body. Certain drinks such as coffee, tea, and red wine can cause tooth discoloration. The reason for this is the vibrant color pigmentation that is in each of these items. These intense pigments are called chromogens, and they attach to the outer enamel of the tooth, causing it to discolor.
Tobacco Use: Smoking cigarettes is a sure way to stain your pearly whites. This is caused by two ingredients that are found in them, tar and nicotine. Both of these ingredients leave your teeth looking more yellow than white.
Trauma/Injury: When a tooth is injured or has suffered physical trauma, there may be an increased production of yellowish dentin which causes the tooth to discolor.
Pharmaceuticals: A common side effect of some medications is teeth discoloration. Certain factors such as chemotherapy, radiation, and high blood pressure, can result in darken teeth.
It is important to understand why your teeth are discolored as to find the correct method of teeth whitening. Each teeth whitening method is designed to give the best results for the cause of the problem. For example, a teeth whitening method with a bleaching agent isn’t suited to treat certain types of teeth discoloration. If there are bonds, fillings, or crowns involved, the bleaching agent won’t be effective.
Stay tuned for the follow-up blog post that explains what type of teeth whitening methods Dr. Clauson offers! If you are in the Lodi, California area and are looking for a brighter smile, schedule a teeth whitening appointment at TLC Dental Care today!