Brushing your teeth can help you to remove superficial stains, but stains that exist deeper within the pores of the tooth will need stronger treatment. There are many different over-the-counter options for teeth whitening, consulting with your dentist is always a good first step so that you know which products and professional treatments will work effectively and safely for you.
Tooth discoloration is a totally normal part of life. There are basically two types of teeth stains– the first are extrinsic, or on the surface. The second type is intrinsic, or internal, and these exist within the dentin and deeper parts of the tooth. Ideally you should take care when eating and drinking foods that are dark in color which can easily stain your teeth like teas, coffees and wine. You may need some professional help if your stains are deep-set or don’t respond to over-the-counter treatments.
What causes teeth discoloration?
As you age, the enamel on your teeth thins and a lifetime of food and drinks will slowly discolor the internal layers of your teeth, known as the dentin. There is also a process of reparative dentin deposition which causes the nerve space to shrink, creating an illusion of grayer tooth shade.
Lifestyle & Habits
If you drink coffee, tea & wine or smoke cigarettes regularly, you’re more likely to have stains or discolored teeth. It can be hard to avoid these sometimes, so making sure to rinse your mouth and brush regularly can help reduce stains from this food and beverages.
Without regular brushing or flossing, it’s much easier for stains to set in and cause long-term discoloration. Regular brushing can not only prevent decay by removing harmful foods and bacteria from your teeth, but it can prevent them from causing stains over time.
Certain medications, like antihistamines or blood pressure drugs, can cause your teeth to change colors. Some medical conditions can cause tooth discoloration by affecting the proper development of your enamel when you’re young. Additionally, trauma or injury to your teeth can result in discoloration. This means that even the best at-home care and lifestyle changes won’t achieve the results you want. In these cases, veneers and internal bleaching are necessary to mask stains.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
1 Hour Treatment
We will first prepare you for a whitening procedure by having your teeth polished and ready for the enamel pores to be cleared! A hydrogen peroxide solution gel will be carefully and evenly applied to your teeth, taking careful precautions to avoid the gums. The solution will be left on the teeth for 15 minute intervals and then washed away. Usually after three intervals of 15 minutes your teeth will have lifted three-four levels of on the shade guide! A fourth interval could be done if necessary.
While you are receiving your cosmetic whitening treatment, you can relax while catching up on your favorite Netflix show.
Brief sensitivity will occur to even the most non-sensitive people, but will not last long. Brushing with toothpastes like Sensodyne will help, as well as staying away from foods at both extremes in temperatures for the next day or two.
Tell your friends to put those shades on as your new pearly whites will be blinding!