How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

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When asked if there was one thing they could change about their smile, the overwhelming majority in a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, replied that they would like whiter teeth. So if you’re wishing you had a brighter, whiter smile, suffice it to say, you’re in good company. Fortunately, you’re also in a great position to get the results you want. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment available from Dr. Tyler at Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry. Read on to learn how teeth whitening works.

Teeth Whitening: Understanding the Basics

Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains from your teeth using one of two kinds of peroxide. The peroxide breaks up stains on the teeth, which makes them lighter in color, making your teeth appear whiter. Teeth whitening is non-invasive and non-surgical.  

Types of Whitening Products

There are dozens of teeth whitening products available in pharmacies and from big box retailers. Whitening toothpaste is safe for daily use. However, whitening toothpaste is the gentlest form of whitening and produces the least noticeable results. Results from whitening toothpaste will take a while to notice. Some people may not notice any results from whitening toothpaste alone.

Professional teeth whitening products are much more effective at removing stains to reveal brighter, whiter teeth. Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry can provide you with professional-strength whitening gels, and custom-made trays designed to fit your teeth perfectly. You will be given instructions for how long you should leave the gel and trays on your teeth, to get the desired effect. At-home professional strength teeth whitening allows you to wear your trays whenever you’d like.

How Can I Prevent Tooth Discoloration?

The bad news is that not all tooth discoloration can be prevented. That’s because as we age our tooth enamel thins. Underneath our enamel, the natural core of the tissue of our teeth is a yellow color. So as the enamel wears thin, our teeth begin to yellow. Another cause of tooth discoloration that we can’t always prevent is discoloration due to an injury or damage to one or more teeth. In addition, certain medical treatments, conditions, and medications can also lead to tooth discoloration.

Now for the good news. There is a lot you can do to prevent discoloration. Limit your consumption of coffee, tea, soda, and red wine. All of these beverages are known to cause staining. If you smoke cigarettes or vape, stop now to prevent tooth discoloration. Finally, to prevent staining, practice excellent oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily can help to keep stains from setting in. 

Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Most people will be eligible for teeth whitening. However, it is not recommended for all patients.  Patients with active tooth decay or gum disease should have those conditions treated before beginning professional whitening. Either condition can lead to irritation or increased sensitivity from the whitening chemicals. If you have visible fillings and crowns, it is also important to note that they will not whiten alongside your natural teeth. Finally, keep in mind that especially heavy stains may not whiten. 

Teeth Whitening and Restorative Dentistry in Stuart, Florida

Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry provides teeth whitening in Stuart Florida, along with general dentistry and prosthodontic treatment. Whether you simply want to brighten your smile, or you’re looking to completely transform your smile with veneers or dental implants, Dr. Tyler and his team of experienced, friendly, and caring dental professionals are here to help. Contact us today at 772.286.1606