If you feel like your smile isn’t as white or as healthy as it should be, you’re not alone. Even people who have great brushing and flossing skills can suffer from yellow stained teeth. Are you considering having your teeth whitened by Doctor Aram Cazazian of Bayside Family Dentistry in Bayside, NY? Get the facts before you do.
There are several reasons why you might be suffering from discolored teeth. These include food and beverages. Coffee, wine, and tea are some of the main reasons for tooth discoloration. They have intense color pigments that will stick to the outer part of your teeth.
Tobacco use is also a culprit because cigarettes have both tar and nicotine. Tar is dark colored, and while nicotine does not have a color, it mixes with oxygen, forming a yellow-like substance.
Below your tooth enamel is an area called dentin. As your enamel layer grows thinner from age and brushing, more of this dentin shows through.
Certain medications can darken your teeth as well. Chemo and radiation can also darken teeth.
Teeth whitening is a fairly simple procedure. Whitening products have bleaches in it that will break down stains into tinier pieces which make colorless concentrated and will make your teeth brighter.
It’s necessary to talk to your dental team at Bayside Family Dentistry before whitening your teeth, as it doesn’t work the same on everyone. For example, yellow like stains will brighten easier while brown stains may be more resistant. Whitening will not be able to work on fillings, crowns, or veneers. It also won’t help if your teeth are darkened by trauma or medication or teeth injury.
Sometimes when you’ve used teeth whiteners, you might experience tooth sensitivity. This will happen because the peroxide in the whitener may have gone through the enamel to the underlayer of dentin and it will irritate the nerves of your teeth. Usually, the discomfort is temporary. If you experience pain, you can always delay treatment and attempt treatment again later.
Make sure to always talk to your dentist before whitening your teeth.