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Professional at Home Teeth Whitening
Posted on 8/8/2022 by Dr. Michael Allard
People are coming up with different ways of improving the appearance of their teeth. Teeth whitening is becoming more popular as years go by. Discolored teeth may be caused by different reasons from diets to other underlying conditions. We will discuss teeth whitening and how it can be done at home.
Tooth whitening is the removal of the stains in the enamel of the teeth and make them white. Tooth whitening aims at improving the appearance of the teeth. Different factors may influence the staining of teeth. Foods and drinks are most common teeth strainers. Coffee, red wine and tea are popular drinks that stain teeth. They have intense chromogens which cause the discoloration of teeth. Smoking tobacco eventually leads to discolored teeth. The nicotine and tar in the cigarettes discolor the teeth. Tar is naturally dark while nicotine which is colorless changes to yellow it mixes with oxygen. The older you get the more the enamel becomes thinner. The dentin which is yellowish starts showing through the enamel. Some medications that are taken have some negative side effects on the color of the teeth.
Teeth Whitening Choices
There are several options when it comes to home tooth whitening. You can purchase whitening toothpaste. The toothpaste mainly removes the stains that are on the tooth surface. Toothpastes are the weakest form of whiteners for those with sensitive teeth. They polish teeth which is safer than the bleaching done by whiteners. You can also get at home whitening kits. These kits can be gotten over the counter or given by a dentist. The whiteners contain peroxide which lightens the stains on the youth surface. The whitening gels are applied on the trays provided by dentists and then fitted to the teeth. They can be for the upper or lower jaw depending on the stains.
It is better to get the teeth whitened by a professional than at home. Home may be cheaper but it takes a lot of time and it is a longer process. Consult with our dentists for teeth whitening procedures.