Teeth whitening is one of the most popular practices in cosmetic dentistry. Whitening treatments can provide a quick, non-invasive, and affordable way to enhance your smile.
There are many whitening treatments available for your budget, temper, and time frame. Options for teeth whitening include professional treatments done in your dentist's office or treatments done at home. Anyone who chooses to use teeth whitening as a solution for their smile may see improvements, however they may vary depending on the chosen method. A consultation with one of our dentists at Rush Creek Dentistry can help educate you on the existing modes of treatment and guide you to one that best suits your needs.
What Causes Staining?
There are many things that can make your teeth have stains. As you grow older your teeth will grow darker naturally. Over several years of normal everyday activity your teeth enamel will develop microcracks that will accumulate stains. Your eating habits will affect the color of your teeth, especially if you regularly consume wine, coffee, or other deeply colored beverages and foods. Acidic foods will erode your enamel, making them more susceptible to staining. If you have a habit of smoking, it will affect the color of your teeth. Nicotine will leave brown deposits on your teeth that will slowly soak into your tooth structure, causing intrinsic staining.
Additionally, the natural state of your teeth can be more prone to staining. Your inborn tooth color can range from yellow brownish to greenish gray. Genetics also come into play regarding the thickness of your teeth. While all teeth show some translucency, some people have teeth that are thinner than others and therefore more vulnerable to staining.
Can I Whiten My Teeth?
Whitening treatments are not effective on composite resins. Teeth whitening is ideally for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums without fillings, caps, or crowns. Only natural teeth can be whitened, in most cases tooth-colored restorations cannot be bleached.
Whitening methods can be effective on intrinsic and extrinsic staining. Intrinsic staining happens on the inside of your tooth, while extrinsic staining stays on the surface. If you have yellow tones to your teeth, a whitening treatment will have the best response.
What Can Be Used For At Home Teeth Whitening?
In whitening treatments, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are used to permeate your hard dental issues. At home whitening treatments have peroxides in amounts ranging from ten to twenty percent. You should choose a product with a peroxide level somewhere in that range. If the product does not give you your desired effect, and also does not bother your mouth, you can try teeth whitening treatment with a higher level of peroxide.
At home whitening products include rinses, gels, strips, toothpastes, and even chewing gum. With these products available to purchase at many drugstores, it has never been easier to whiten your teeth at home.
What Are Adverse Effects Of Teeth Whitening?
Whitening your teeth can pose a few risks. Over half of those who use whitening treatments report experiencing some degree of gum irritation afterwards. Tooth sensitivity can also occur but mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth is most common. This irritation can last up to a week and is a result of the bleach concentration.
You can avoid these problems by seeking help from our dental professionals at Rush Creek Dentistry. Consult with our dentists to receive your professional whitening treatment by dialing 682-277-0535.