Teeth discoloration is a problem that affects most adults, and it is caused by various factors. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and overconsumption of staining foods are the primary causes. Age and medication can also cause the teeth to discolor. As we age, the enamel begins to thin, exposing the dentin (brown or yellow). While you may not control age-related whitening, you can remove the external discoloration that affects the enamel with teeth whitening.
The effectiveness of teeth whitening, however, is affected by three things;
• Type of teeth whitening you choose
• How you care for your teeth
• The foods you eat
Here are three tips;
1.Choose a Suitable Teeth Whitening Option
You can whiten your teeth in different ways, but all the products are categorized in two; at-home whitening products and professional teeth whitening.
• At-home whitening products
These products include toothpaste, gels, pens, and powders that contain low levels of bleaching agents. While they are readily available and affordable, most are not effective. Also, several products contain higher concentrations of the bleaching agent, which can affect the gums. It is recommended to avoid using products that contain higher than six percent without the advice of a dentist.
These cosmetic whitening products work best if you have mild teeth discoloration. However, their safety is a cause of concern, and you are advised to consult with a dentist near you before using them.
D.I.Y products like baking soda and activated charcoal are believed to remove the stains naturally. However, their efficiency and safety have been in question as they have yet to be proven to remove stains. Baking soda is reported to remove mild stains, but its abrasive nature can damage the enamel if overused.
• Professional teeth whitening
The in-office teeth whitening in North Austin is the most recommended option because it is done under the dentist's supervision. The products used often contain higher levels of the bleaching agent, which delivers better results compared to the rest of the products. Because of the higher levels of hydrogen peroxide, some people may be skeptical about the safety of the treatment. You can be assured that the dentist in North Austin will take the necessary steps to protect the gums from bruising.
The professional teeth whitening process is done in about 45 minutes, depending on the severity of the discoloration. The dentist will apply a protective gel on the gums to shield them from the effects of the whitening product.
He will then apply the bleaching agent on the teeth and leave it for fifteen minutes for the product to penetrate. Activating laser light is used to break down the product and hasten the process. The teeth are then rinsed, and the process is repeated two or three times.
You may get take-home whitening kits that are designed by the dentist and customized to fit your teeth.
2.Watch Your Dental Hygiene
Poor dental hygiene is crucial to your oral health and the brightness of your teeth. Brushing and flossing can remove plaques and food particles trapped in your teeth, but you also need professional teeth cleaning. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the tartar and stains from your teeth. It is not a whitening procedure, but it will leave your teeth looking great.
Avoid smoking, which affects not only your teeth but also overall health.
3.Stay Away From Staining Foods
Some foods can stain your teeth and negatively affect your oral health. Foods high in sugar feed on the bacteria and can increase the risk of decay. Other foods like wine, coffee, and soy can stain your teeth.
It is best to limit your intake of these foods to keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy. If you do consume them, ensure you brush your teeth right after to prevent the teeth from absorbing the contents.
Tooth sensitivity is the primary side effect, regardless of the teeth whitening products you use. The bleaching agent will penetrate the teeth and affect the nerves, causing the teeth to become sensitive. Our dentist in 78753 will give you tooth-sensitive toothpaste to ease the discomfort.
Visit Peak Dental in Austin for more information about teeth whitening treatment.