Tooth staining is a common occurrence that happens over the years for a variety of reasons. Below the protective enamel is a much softer part of the tooth structure called dentin. As people age, the outer tooth covering becomes thinner and the yellowish dentin is more and more visible.
Foods with intense pigments such as tea, coffee, and red wine are known for robbing teeth of their youthful brightness when consumed on a regular basis. These substances contain chromogens (pigmented molecules) that adhere easily to white tooth enamel.
Smokers are often recognized by their discolored teeth. Tobacco contains both tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally full of pigment and nicotine remains colorless until it is combined with oxygen. This mixture creates a tooth staining substance. Also, certain medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines and antipsychotics have been known to list tooth darkening as a side effect.
Many patients have achieved a great improvement in the color of their teeth through whitening treatments. Through advanced bleaching technology, dentists can whiten teeth without destroying teeth structure.
Teeth whitening methods are all basically very similar. Some are more successful than others depending on the application process. It also depends on the concentration level. This is why drugstore whitening systems tend to be less effective than professional treatments.
The two most popular methods available are professional teeth whitening with a tray, or in-office whitening treatment. Tray whitening requires an impression and a custom-made tray for each individual. The patient is given a supply of bleaching gel that is inserted into the tray that is worn for several hours each day. It is normal for patients to experience short-term teeth sensitivity after the whitening process.
In-office teeth whitening is the most efficient method. There are several types available, all using a similar application method. Significant results can be achieved in just one treatment session. Your dentist will provide more detailed information and help you determine the best method to achieve the most improvement.
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