Keeping your teeth clean with regular brushing and flossing is a great way to keep tooth decay at bay, but what about their appearance? Your teeth can become discolored even when you take good care of them. There are several reasons that teeth lose their brightness, but thankfully, there are also a number of teeth whitening procedures to make them shiny again.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Your teeth can lose their natural coloring and become darker or duller as you get older. Your tooth enamel thins out with age, which causes teeth to take on more of a yellowed appearance. What you eat and drink can also have an effect on the color of your teeth. Certain foods and drinks, including coffee and tea, can leave your teeth with stains, especially if you consume them on a regular basis. Nicotine and tar also discolor teeth, which is important to keep in mind if you smoke or chew tobacco. Your teeth can also become discolored when you take certain medications, such as high blood pressure medications, or if they are damaged due to trauma.
Certain types of bleach can help reduce discolored areas and stains, making your teeth look brighter and whiter again. However, keep in mind that whitening procedures aren’t designed for all kinds of discolorations. It’s usually not effective for discoloration caused by trauma or a medication. It also doesn’t work as effectively on brownish or grayish stains compared to yellowish ones.
At Trailhead Dental, we offer teeth whitening options that can be performed in our office or at home. During our in-office whitening procedure, Dr. Limmer will cover your gums for protection and apply a strong bleaching agent to your teeth. If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, Dr. Limmer can give you a customized bleaching tray for your mouth. You simply wear this tray as directed by our dentist for whiter teeth. The bleaching agent used in at-home trays is not as strong as the one used in our office, so it might take longer for you to achieve a brighter smile again if you choose this option.
While teeth whitening is generally safe, you might end up with temporary tooth sensitivity. There are also a few other potential risks involved with whitening, so it’s important to meet with Dr. Limmer before using any over-the-counter whitening products on your teeth.
If you’re eager to have a bright smile again, please contact Trailhead Dental for an appointment with Dr. Limmer. We can discuss teeth whitening options and any other oral health concerns you might have. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook to keep up with the latest news about our office and community!