Over time, many people notice their teeth begin to change color and are no longer as white and bright as they used to be. If this has happened to you, it might make you lose confidence in your smile, and become conscious about the look, health, and feel of your teeth. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to brighten your smile. At Singing River Dentistry, our professionals want to help improve the look and feel of your teeth and are here to help for all your questions and treatment options.
Why Do My Teeth Change Color?
There are many reasons why your teeth might change color. These reasons range from lifestyle preferences to age. Other than time, routine choices are usually the main culprit for the brightness in your teeth fading. Certain types of food, drink, or substances are able to stain your teeth. If you regularly consume drinks like coffee and red wine or use tobacco, then your teeth might lose their whiteness over time if not taken care of properly.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening, in the most general terms, is a process that uses a specialized type of peroxide solution that will break down the stains in your teeth into smaller pieces. While it doesn't get rid of the stain completely, it breaks up the concentration of those stains which makes the color of your teeth appear brighter and whiter. It is a cosmetic improvement to your teeth that will reveal a whiter smile.
What Teeth Whitening Can and Cannot Fix?
This process can only brighten your teeth to their natural color. The brightness of your teeth is determined by two things: the thickness of the enamel on your teeth; and how yellow the dentin (the bony tissue) is below your enamel. Teeth whitening treatments are only able to reduce the staining on your tooth enamel. They cannot penetrate below to fix the discoloration caused by the dentine of your teeth.
The Different Types of Whitening Treatments
There are numerous ways to whiten your teeth, however, all of those ways can be broken into two categories: in the office; or at home. Your personal goals and ideals for your smile along with the current state of health of your teeth will determine which treatment is right for you. At home products will have a lower percentage of the peroxide solution and therefore will not be as effective as in-office treatments.
How Long Does Whitening Last?
Teeth whitening treatments aren't permanent solutions to creating a brighter, whiter smile. How long the treatment lasts depends largely on your lifestyle. If you continue to regularly consume foods and drinks that stain your teeth, the treatment will begin to fade faster than from those that avoid these foods and drinks. Regardless of your lifestyle, the whitening treatment will need a touch-up, whether that is after just a few months or if it is an annual touch-up.
If have ever thought about whitening your teeth, or are looking for strategies to brighten your smile call our team Singing River Dentistry at (256) 562-4001 today. Our professionals are here to provide the most effective treatments for your smile.
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