Having good teeth is just not about brushing and flossing it. That’s not enough when you want to flash the best smile. If you want your teeth to sparkle, your teeth need to be white. A smile can light up a person’s face and brighten up the day.
A perfect smile makes you stand out from the crowd. However, if your teeth aren’t white, you aren’t flashing off the perfect smile.
Why do your teeth have a different color?
The natural color of your teeth is white, so the question, many of our customers, ask us at Apple Dental is – “Why isn’t my teeth white now?”
Food and Drink
Food and drinks act as staining agents on your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine and similar drinks are responsible for adding color to your teeth. Such foods and drinks contain a color pigment called chromogens that attach to your teeth, overlaying its natural white color.
Two chemicals in tobacco, tar and nicotine are staining agents. Tar is naturally dark, while nicotine is colorless, but when mixed with oxygen, it turns into a yellowish staining agent.
As you age, so do your teeth. The hard outer shell of your tooth, called enamel, is what gives your tooth the white layer. However, over time, the enamel grows thinner and the inner layer of the tooth, dentin, starts showing. Dentin has a yellowish color.
If your tooth has been injured, then expected it to gain a yellowish color. This occurs in cases of tooth cracks, chips or breaks. When an injury occurs, more dentin is added to the tooth to heal the injury.
Medications such as antihistamines, antipsychotics and blood pressure medications could have a side-effect of yellowing teeth.
How does Teeth Whitening Work?
For teeth whitening, a bleach solution is added to your teeth. The bleach solution works on the color molecules on the tooth enamel. The bleach solution either contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Types of Whitening Options?
There isn’t a single, all purpose whitening option. Depending on the amount of whitening required, our dentists will recommend the best options for you. So what are the teeth whitening options you have?
Whitening toothpaste helps remove the surface stains off your teeth. It is mildly abrasive and scrubs over the coating of your teeth to reveal the white enamel below. Unlike bleach, such whitening toothpaste doesn’t really change the color of the teeth; rather than they clean and scrub over the layer of dirt to clean your teeth.
Also known as chairside bleaching, this can be done in a single dental visit. Our dentist will apply a gel or rubber shield to protect your gum. Bleach is then applied to your teeth to bleach it.
This peroxide bleaching solution whitens the tooth enamel.
At Apple Dental, we assess the condition of your teeth and accordingly recommend the best course of action.
A concern that customers regularly asks us is if there are any side-effects with teeth whitening. The answer is usually no. We make sure that the bleach solution does not degrade your dental health by using the right quality and quantity. At the most, you may experience tooth sensitivity.
If you want to have the perfect smile and stand out from the crowd, book an appointment with Apple Dental.