2 Easy, Effective Ways To Whiten Your Teeth
You’ve probably seen the game show Family Feud. During the show, the host asks the contestants to answer questions based on survey results.
If dentists were in charge of the surveys, one of the questions might be, “What would you like to change about your smile?”
We also would not be surprised if the number one answer was whiter teeth. Across the United States, this is consistently one of the most frequently requested cosmetic dental services.
Thankfully, patients who live in or near Rochester Hills, MI, can address this issue is a couple ways just by visiting Hubbard & Leath Dental. Our dentists offer two simple solutions to fixing yellow and discolored teeth.
Why Your Teeth Aren’t So White Anymore
When our permanent teeth emerge, they live up to the nickname of “pearly whites.” Over time, you will probably notice that our teeth lose some of their shine. This can happen for several reasons. Let’s consider the most common problems.
Stains are considered an extrinsic discoloration. That is a fancy way of saying that the change in color is on the outside of your tooth.
Lots of things can cause stains. Years of drinking coffee in the morning, decades of enjoying soft drinks, and more than a few weeks of wine will leave behind traces of the beverages that we consume.
Many foods that we eat have stain causing properties as well. Dark sauces may be delicious on pasta or Chinese dishes, but they too can stick to our teeth. Even healthy foods like colorful berries can stain our teeth in much the same way they can stain our shirts and napkins.
Tobacco use can do a number on our teeth as well. Indeed, smoking or chewing tobacco can cause your teeth to turn yellow faster than most of the things you eat or drink.
• Intrinsic issues
If extrinsic problems are on the outside of your tooth, then intrinsic changes occur on the inside.
Many things can cause these kinds of color changes as well. A trauma to your tooth could result in it turning a darker shade. Some illnesses can cause your teeth to change colors as well, and perhaps in a bit of irony, so can some of the medicines we take to treat illnesses.
While rare, some people also experience a condition called dentinogenesis imperfecta, which can make your teeth appear darker than you might expect.
• Getting older
We know that it’s not fair, but it’s true. Our bodies and its individual parts wear down with time and use.
The same reason that most athletes lose a step as they get older is pretty much the same reason your teeth lose their whiteness. Wear and tear from frequent use cause our teeth to lose that “like new” appearance. It’s the same thing that happens to our clothing and our automobiles with time.
Get Back Your Bright Smile
When people come to our office for cosmetic services, we know they want one thing — results they can see. For patients who are dissatisfied with the color of their teeth, we offer two services that can give them a whiter, brighter smile.
For people with intrinsic problems (stains), we recommend Zoom! Whitening. Zoom! is different from the commercial whitening products you will find on the shelf at any grocery or retail store.
Zoom! has a stronger concentration of whitening ingredients, which is why the only place you can get it is at a dentist office. By applying Zoom! to your teeth and exposing it to a special light, we can improve the whiteness of your teeth by several shades in a single visit to our office.
Whitening products are less effective on extrinsic problems, but we do have something that will work — veneers. You could think of veneers as a kind of shell that we can attach to the outside of your teeth.
Veneers are designed to look natural when they are bonded in place, and they can be shaded to any degree of whiteness that you want. Veneers can be made to look brilliantly white, or they can be shaded to look a few or several shades whiter than your natural teeth.
Mellow Your Yellow Teeth
Yellow teeth happen. Teeth discoloration occurs naturally just from our day-to-day use of our teeth.
But that doesn’t mean you have to accept yellow teeth if you would rather have a white smile instead. At Hubbard & Leath, you can change the color of your teeth with professional whitening or with veneers.