Teeth whitening is something many people question us about. Teeth whitening is a billion-dollar-a-year industry, and people will try all sorts of whitening products with varying results.
We are here to help educate our patients on how to whiten their teeth safely.
Yellow or stained teeth are due to intrinsic or extrinsic staining.
Intrinsic staining is when the internal portion of your teeth is stained and shows through the enamel. Intrinsic staining could be due to trauma, dentin staining, and fractures.
Extrinsic staining is when the outer surface of your teeth is discolored due to a diet rich in pigmented foods, lack of proper oral care, not maintaining routine cleaning visits, etc.
Teeth may become stained due to various reasons such as:
1. Poor oral hygiene causing tartar and plaque buildup.
2. Tetracycline staining: This can result from the mother taking the antibiotic when the baby was forming or taking this medication when you were young.
3. Diet with many pigmented foods and beverages. Teas, coffees, red wines, curry, etc., will cause extrinsic stains as the pigments get left on the teeth.
4. Trauma to the tooth causing a rupture in the underlying blood vessels.
Let’s look at a few ways to whiten intrinsic and extrinsic stains safely.
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Many kinds of toothpaste will whiten your teeth with low levels of hydrogen peroxide and mild abrasive.
The toothpaste may help whiten the extrinsic stains you have on your teeth.
Keep in mind these kinds of toothpaste will not whiten deep stains, but it is a very cost-effective strategy to whiten external stains.
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Studies show that virtually any electric toothbrush works better than a manual one. There is very little evidence to indicate that the expensive electric toothbrushes whiten any better than our sonic Thrive toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes will help remove extrinsic stains caused by drinking and eating darker foods such as coffee, teas, and curry.
The benefit of an electric toothbrush is not only can it whiten your teeth, but it will likely prevent more cavity formation than a manual toothbrush.
Those are six simple tools you can use to whiten your teeth. To whiten extrinsic (external) stains, consider whitening toothpaste with a good electric toothbrush.
If you have deeper intrinsic stains, you will need to whiten with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide treatment is done at any one of our offices, and we offer take-home whitening trays for our recurring patients.
If you have any other questions regarding teeth whitening, please contact our office. We look forward to meeting you!
Whitening trays are given to our recurring patients. You will get a custom tray and carbamide peroxide to use as needed.
You will use the carbamide peroxide whitening solution for an hour a day until you achieve your desired whiteness.
Take-home whitening trays can remove intrinsic stains caused by tetracycline staining and stains that have reached the dentin layer of your tooth.
The in-office whitening solutions are the best and quickest way to whiten teeth dramatically. The session will last up to sixty minutes, and you will walk out of the office with a dramatically whiter smile.
You may have a UV light shun upon your teeth to speed up the whitening process.
Some patients may get sensitive to both in-office and take-home whitening solutions. Your teeth will likely fade over the next few weeks to a more natural whiteness.
All of our teeth will yellow with age, but you can delay the aging process by practicing proper oral hygiene.
1. Brush twice a day with an electric toothbrush.
2. Floss at least once a day, preferably before bed.
3. Scrape your tongue every night to reduce harmful bacteria.
Many people have plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth that appear yellow. With proper brushing and flossing, you should be minimal buildup. Everyone needs a dental cleaning to remove trace amounts of tartar and prevent periodontal disease.
Routine checkups and cleanings can reduce bone loss and prevent dental decay, leading to premature tooth loss.