Do you look into the mirror and wish your teeth were whiter? There are various reasons why your teeth don’t appear as white as they should be. It could be due to genetics, tartar and plaque build-up, wearing off of the enamel and stains. Similarly, there are many ways to tackle the problem ranging from whitening toothpaste to in-office teeth whitening techniques. Different methods will work depending on the intensity of the yellowing of teeth and whether the stains are intrinsic or extrinsic.
Stains on teeth are either extrinsic or intrinsic whereby the extrinsic stains appear on the surface of the teeth commonly known as the enamel. Underneath the enamel is the dentin. Intrinsic stains are stuck between chips on the enamel and deep within the dentin. Some of the common whitening techniques will help with extrinsic stains but cannot handle stains laying deep underneath the enamel. Therefore, if the over-the-counter whitening agents aren’t working, it is essential that you see your dentist first and let them take you through the best option for your teeth stains. Let us go into detail how these teeth whitening techniques work.
Bleaching changes the color of your teeth up to seven shades whiter. The process is however strictly professional as teeth whitening gels with a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, or carbamide peroxide of 15% to 35% is used. In-office dental whitening and tray whitening both utilize the bleaching method to whiten teeth. But how does bleaching work? Your dentist will apply the gel-based whitener on your teeth in which the bleaching agents will break apart the bonds holding the stained molecules together. To make the process quicker, most dentists couple the whitening gel with lasers that help activate the bleaching agents faster. With the bonds broken, the teeth will appear a few shades whiter than before. As for the tray based whiteners, the gel is applied to the customized trays. You will then fit the trays to your teeth frame, and the gel will act on the stains. These bleaching methods have a long-lasting effect, especially when coupled with proper oral hygiene habits.
Non-bleaching methods include over-the-counter teeth whitening toothpaste, gels, gums, strips, and mouthwashes. These options work by removing the extrinsic stains. If the stains are located under the enamel non-bleaching methods will not get rid of the stains. Moreover, the results may be visible but not long-lasting. Most of these products are available at your local pharmacy and do not require prescriptions. You will use the toothpaste similarly to how you use the ordinary fluoride toothpaste. Coupling professional dental cleaning with these type of teeth whitening methods may also work in the case where one has yellowed teeth from tartar build-up.
With the increased popularity of teeth whitening, many are out to purchase products that may not work for an individual. Treatments really depend on the individual, so contact Brevard Smiles today to schedule your consultation! Our team of professionals will help you figure out which treatment is right for your teeth. We have locations in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge, FL.