Teeth are naturally white. However, following increased consumption of drinks like wine, sodas and coffee, the color starts changing. Smoking and chewing of tobacco are other major causes of stained teeth. On the other hand, if you use antibiotics a lot, your teeth may also start looking dull. We all desire to flash a warm and brilliant smile. With discolored teeth, it becomes difficult to do so. If your teeth are in such a state, then you need to think about teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening works by removing stains and making teeth look white and bright. As we have just seen, consumption of beverages, alcoholic drinks and tobacco stains teeth. This does not arise from a one-off usage but occurs over a period. There are two different approaches to make your teeth pearly white again. These are through a dentist and whitening teeth at home. For the latter approach, you can buy whitening kits. By following the instructions on the kits, you can have your teeth looking white soon.
Both the teeth whitening gels used at home and by the dentist contain hydrogen peroxide. By applying the gel to your teeth, the ingredients penetrate through the stain molecules. This causes them to break. Actually, the reason why your stained teeth look so dull is that the stain components block light rays from reaching the tooth’s surface. By breaking the stains, more light penetrates through making your teeth shine.
If your dentist is going to use laser whiteners, the dental teeth whitening process can take an hour or less. The most popular bleaching systems are Zoom and Venus which we use at Atrium Dental. The second method involves the use of whitening gels. This takes longer than laser whitening; it can take between 2-3 weeks. Here, the dentist makes copies or molds of your teeth. He then applies the bleach product on a bleaching tray. The bleached trays are what you place on your teeth. You should leave them there for about 2 hours every day for the 2-3 weeks.
Homemade teeth whitening pastes also work. To make one, you will need baking soda, salt and hydrogen peroxide. Put a tablespoonful of baking soda and half a teaspoonful of salt into a container. Add some hydrogen peroxide. Three or four drops should be sufficient. Mix these ingredients thoroughly. If you like, you can squeeze a measure of toothpaste. This adds flavor to the whitener you have just made. Use this mixture to brush your teeth. Remember to rinse your mouth properly using mouthwash.
At Atrium Dental we offer both At-home or tray whitening kits or professional teeth whitening like Zoom or Venus. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your teeth whitening options with Dr. Foroughi, please contact us.