Numerous factors can contribute to tooth discoloration, but the aging process is the primary culprit. Understanding the structure of your teeth can help explain why yellowing is so common.
The outermost layer of your teeth is a thin, hard material called enamel, which is naturally white in color. Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin, which is naturally yellow in color.
Over time, your enamel wears away, revealing more of the yellow dentin beneath. That is why older people tend to have smiles that are not as bright or white as young adults and children.
Other things that can cause tooth discoloration include:
Fortunately, professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile.
Professional teeth whitening is a powerful treatment that boosts the shade of your smile. There are several options to choose from, all of which are only available to dental professionals.
Light-based teeth whitening uses concentrated beams of light to blast apart stains and brighten your smile. A thin layer of whitening gel is applied to the surface of your teeth before the light is used to activate the whitening solution.
Some professional whitening systems only require powerful whitening gel, which is carefully applied to whiten your teeth.
Tray-based systems allow you to whiten your teeth at home using professional-strength whitening gel. That approach lets you control the whitening process, and you can always give your teeth a shade boost if you notice future discoloration.
Virtually all groceries and drugstores offer multiple products that promise to whiten your smile. None of these treatments can come close to the power of professional teeth whitening systems, however.
Whitening toothpastes and mouthwash can help extend your results between professional teeth whitening, but you’ll need to visit your dentist to achieve optimal results. It should also be noted that professional whitening is carefully monitored to avoid damaging your teeth or gum tissue.
If you’d like to see what professional teeth whitening can do for you, call the office today to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes very little time to complete.