Before you consider whitening your discolored teeth, it helps if you determine your smile goals and evaluate the existing condition of your teeth. You must decide whether you need subtle whitening or instant results and choose if you have unique requirements, like sensitive teeth needing attention.
If you want your smile to appear brighter, you can find many teeth whitening methods that all claim they are the best on the market. With multiple products on view, you might find it challenging to compare your options and sift through the information at your disposal. Unfortunately, you must spend time making comparisons because it helps make it easier to choose between different teeth whitening methods and make an informed decision.
The discoloration of your teeth determines the kind of teeth whitening best suited for your needs. For example, if you are affected by enamel erosion causing your teeth to appear yellow because the problem exposes the dentin layer beneath, you don’t benefit by choosing available remedies on the market but need help from a dental professional providing professional teeth whitening. However, if the discoloration is due to surface stains and you do not require instant results, investing in techniques like whitening strips and toothpaste and preventing surface stains from developing suits your needs.
Determining which treatment you need poses another challenge making it essential for you to get your teeth examined by a dentist to decide whether or not you have extrinsic stains affecting the surface or intrinsic stains on the internal layer of your teeth. Therefore a visit to a dental professional is a requirement you cannot ignore.
The dental visit to examine your teeth reveals whether you have intrinsic or extrinsic stains, besides making you aware of dental infections like tooth decay or gum disease that might be affecting you. The visit also enables you to receive a dental cleaning that helps remove accumulated plaque and tartar on the teeth that also discolors them. In addition, the dentist helps determine which teeth whitening treatment is best for your needs.
During your discussion with the dentist, you also receive a suggestion to consider in-office teeth whitening in Poway that helps remove intrinsic and extrinsic stains on the teeth and delivers instant results in one appointment lasting approximately 90 minutes. After consulting the dentist and evaluating your smile goals, you can decide on the treatment.
In-office teeth whitening undoubtedly delivers better results than over-the-counter remedies. However, they are not a magic potion that can change the color of your teeth dramatically in one appointment, depending on why your teeth appear yellow. You will definitively observe your teeth appearing whiter than earlier when you receive teeth whitening from a qualified dentist. Unfortunately, the results depend on whether you are merely affected by enamel erosion or your teeth have discolored from infections or injuries.
Patients with enamel erosion might observe significant improvements in the shade of their teeth after they undergo teeth whitening treatment from dentists. However, they might need repeat treatments in approximately three months to retain the brighter shade they achieved during the therapy.
Not all tooth discoloration is similar, and everyone has unique needs. For example, in-office teeth whitening, while delivering effective results, last from six months to three years but require you to care for your teeth as suggested by the dentist. Therefore after brightening your teeth by a dental professional, you must limit or avoid some foods and beverages and quit habits like smoking, prime culprits for discolored teeth.
Tooth discoloration is an ongoing problem everyone confronts regardless of how well they care for their teeth. However, if you adhere to your dentist’s advice and limit your consumption of colored foods and beverages or at least use preventive methods to ensure the condiments don’t contact your teeth, you enable yourself to achieve better results with the dentist’s teeth whitening treatments.
When having staining drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine, it helps if you consider using straws when drinking these liquids. The straws ensure the beverages have minimal contact with your teeth because they allow you to swallow the fluids. If having staining foods like berries, soy sauce, et cetera, you must clean your teeth immediately after consuming such foods.
Acidic foods and beverages also cause enamel erosion, making your teeth appear yellow. While you can consume these foods or drinks in moderation, you must refrain from brushing soon after having them because they weaken your tooth enamel to encourage further erosion.
If you care for your teeth, as discussed in this article, you help yourself retain the results of teeth whitening treatments from dentists for over a year and can even extend the longevity of the therapy to three years. Meanwhile, you can also use whitening toothpaste authenticated by the ADA a few times every month to brush your teeth to keep them brighter.
The best teeth whitening method is one that suits your needs and not any treatment available on the market. Most importantly, the treatment you select mustn’t cause harm to your teeth, similar to a dentist’s teeth whitening, which is entirely safe and effective.
If you, like many people, desire to whiten your teeth because of discoloration North County Dental Group provides in-office treatments safely and effectively. Please consult with the practice to determine which treatment best suits your requirements and receive whitening therapy from them to show off a beautiful smile.
Dr. Jackie Calcagno is our in-house pediatric dentist at North County Dental Group in Poway. She completed a residency in pediatric dentistry after graduating from dental school. Because of her experience and training, Dr. Jackie has a special touch with children, and understands how best to cater to their specific needs.