Teeth Whitening

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What is Teeth Whitening?

The teeth whitening process may be a series of different methods that can give you whiter teeth by getting rid of surface stains and underlying issues. Dental teeth whitening can get rid of tooth discoloration and give you whiter teeth, which drastically improves your overall aesthetic appearance, which, in turn, can also make you feel a lot more confident about your smile. In-office teeth whitening procedures are also minimally invasive in nature. However, you should note that you may need to return for periodic teeth whitening sessions to maintain your pearly whites.

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Teeth Whitening

You may also hear it referred to as teeth beaching, but teeth whitening is the most popular and simplest procedure to brighten your smile. Dr. Collins will simply apply a teeth whitening gel that consists of a bleaching and whitening compound made of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. This is a material that can remove all the surface stains from your enamel. If your tooth discoloration is only caused by surface stains through the consumption of coffee, tea, or smoking, then teeth bleaching should be enough for you. However, teeth bleaching can’t get rid of deeper underlying stains.

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What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

In order to understand what causes tooth discoloration, you have to understand why your teeth appear white to begin with. The natural color or the appearance of teeth occurs because of three reasons — the color of the dentin under the enamel (the external layer of the teeth), the way light scatters over the enamel, and the number of pores in the enamel. The smoothness of the enamel determines how light scatters over its surface, which gives way to the external color of the enamel. The thinness of the enamel determines how much of the underlying dentin can be seen — if the enamel is too thick then you can’t see the dentin, and if the enamel is too thin then you can see the dentin. Finally, if you have a lot of pores on your enamel, they’re more likely to get stained. All of these various factors come together to determine the color of your teeth.

Out of these various factors, you can’t control how thick, thin, or smooth your enamel are because they’re completely genetic. However, your enamel may pick up stains and retain them for a number of different reasons. The following are some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration.

Diet: Tooth discoloration occurs faster if you have a diet that’s high on tannin such as red wine or if you consume a lot of tea and coffee. All of these beverages leave stains that persist.

Smoking: You may already be aware of this one but it’s worth repeating. Smoking is one of the most common causes of tooth discoloration.

Medical Issues: Tooth discoloration doesn’t just happen because of bad habits but it may also happen because of medical issues and even treatments. For example, asthma and high blood pressure medicines have been known to cause tooth discoloration and staining.

Poor Oral Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common culprits of tooth discoloration. In order to prevent staining of teeth, you should brush at least twice a day, floss regularly to get rid of food stuck between your teeth, and also rinse your mouth with a fluoride solution. Poor oral hygiene also leads to the formation of plaque and tartar.

Age: As previously mentioned, the thinness of the enamel determines how much of the underlying dentin is visible. The thickness of enamel depends on genetic factors and age. As you grow older, your enamel grows thinner, which makes your teeth look more yellow.

Underlying Tooth Discoloration: As a child, you may be exposed to extreme fluoride or there may have been tetracycline antibiotics consumed during your mother’s pregnancy. These factors lead to tooth discoloration under the surface, which is a lot more difficult to get rid of.

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Boost Teeth Whitening

Boost teeth whitening is one of the most effective methods to deal with tooth discoloration of the enamel or dentin. During this in-office boost teeth whitening process, Dr. Collins uses a 25% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel applied to your teeth. The whole procedure generally concludes within an hour.

What Can Patients Expect from Teeth Whitening?

The professional teeth whitening process drastically improves teeth discoloration by up to six shades whiter in just one treatment. This is much quicker and much more effective than over the counter treatments. Depending on how bad the initial stains are, it’s possible that more than one treatment will be needed to reach the desired outcome. After the treatments are completed, you can expect your teeth to be noticeably whiter.

The most common side effect experienced by patients is sensitivity in the teeth following the procedure. This mainly includes sensitivity to hot and cold beverages. However, this is only a temporary side effect and will lessen with time after the treatment. Your dentist can also recommend special toothpaste or mouthwash options that will help with the sensitivity.

Common Myths About Teeth Whitening

The disadvantages associated with teeth whitening treatments are very minimal and almost always temporary. However, it’s important to discuss the process with your dentist so you know exactly what to expect. Many people have misconceptions about teeth whitening that prevent them from benefiting from the treatments, but a simple conversation with your dentist can easily clear things up. Common questions we hear from patients include:

  1. Will the whitening treatment bleach the whole mouth?
    The chemicals used in teeth whitening treatments will only bleach the actual teeth. This means other dental work, such as crowns, fillings, and veneers, will not change in color or be damaged by the whitening gel. Also, your gums, tongue, and mouth will not be affected due to a protective barrier applied by the dentist.
  2. Are the chemicals dangerous?
    Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, the chemicals used to whiten teeth, are not toxic to the body so there is no risk when applied to the surface of the teeth. Each patient is carefully monitored during the whitening process so there is no risk of misuse.
  3. Are the results of the whitening procedure permanent?
    No, the results of the treatment are not permanent. However, by practicing routine oral hygiene, careful maintenance and avoiding things that can cause teeth staining, the effects of the whitening procedure will last a very long time.

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“ Over the years my dentist has helped me overcome my fear of going to the dentist and fear of the pain. He is very patient, calming, takes time to explain things so I can understand them and has a sense of humor which helps me. I like my hygienist and the rest of my support staff. ”

Nicolas Milton