Perhaps the most requested cosmetic dental service is teeth whitening. People are naturally drawn to bright, friendly smile so it’s no wonder they want their own smiles to shine. Sylvan S. Stern, DDS, of Southfield, Michigan offers professional grade, dentist-supervised whitening methods with results you can’t get through home whitening systems. Call the office or request an appointment online to get started on your white smile.
If you’re thinking that your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be, you’re likely not mistaken. Living life takes its toll on everyone’s body, and your teeth are no different. Coffee, tea, and wine are the biggest staining culprits when it comes to your diet. Color pigments called chromogens are present in food and drink, and these attach to tooth enamel, dulling its appearance.
Smokers and other tobacco users face a double hit. Tobacco tar is naturally dark and creates stains on its own, while at the same time, nicotine, which is normally colorless, mixes with oxygen in the air, creating a yellowish substance that also adheres to teeth and stains.
Getting older thins the outer enamel of your teeth. Since it’s translucent, more of the yellow dentin, the inner tooth layer, shows through the enamel. Teeth may also discolor due to injury, dental work, or in reaction to medications or cancer treatments.
Teeth whitening systems work best on natural staining of the enamel, but even then, not all stains react equally. Teeth with yellow stains typically respond best to whitening. If stains are brown in color, results probably won’t be as noticeable. Gray-toned teeth may not lighten at all.
Also, the reason for discoloration affects how well teeth whitening works. Discoloration due to injury or reaction to medications won’t change, nor will teeth that have yellowed due to thinning enamel. Fortunately, food and beverage stains are often the culprits, and these generally respond well to whitening techniques.
Although typical dental cleaning can often brighten your teeth, whitening processes use one of two bleaches, hydrogen or carbamide peroxides. Bleaches used in Dr. Stern’s office are much stronger than those you can purchase over the counter since office whitening is supervised by trained personnel who perform these procedures frequently.
These dental bleaches break up the particles that cause stains, giving your teeth a brighter, whiter look that may be several shades brighter than your teeth were at the start of the procedure. Whitening doesn’t protect against future staining, so you may need retreatment periodically, to maintain brightness.