What you need to know about teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is the top requested cosmetic service today. So, what causes our teeth to become, well, not-so-white – and what can you do about it?
First, let’s take a minute to understand tooth discoloration. Teeth can become discolored due staining on the outer surface, or by changes that happen from within the tooth.
- Extrinsic – this is staining of your outer tooth enamel
- Intrinsic – this is a darkening of the dentin from within your tooth. Intrinsic discoloration happens when your tooth is forming and causes include treatment with tetracycline antibiotics and excess fluoride consumption. Additionally, intrinsic discoloration can occur as a result of a tooth injury.
If you have teeth discoloration and are looking for teeth whitening options, it is important to understand the kind of discoloration you have. Many extrinsic stains can be removed with regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and diligence with at home oral hygiene.
If your teeth are darkened/stained intrinsically then treatment to the outside of your teeth generally will not be effective. However, your dentist can apply a bleaching material to the inside of your tooth, or in some cases it may be advisable to consider a crown or veneer.
In the vast majority of cases, teeth whitening can be achieved by practicing diligence in your oral hygiene routine at home, regular visits to your dentist, and at-home use of a bleaching gel provided by your dentist. Your dentist can custom-fit a mouth guard that fits comfortably for at-home use and prescribe bleaching gel that has maximum effectiveness that is safe for your personal needs.
The best way to begin teeth whitening is to visit the expert first – your personal dentist! Your dentist knows the condition of your oral health, your sensitivities, and can customize a teeth whitening regime that is just right for you!
To make an appointment for teeth-whitening, or to discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call us on 01772 717316.