Teeth lose their whiteness over time, naturally. Generally, a child’s temporary teeth are whiter than the permanent adult teeth they eventually exhibit. Then, as a person ages, the mineral structures of the teeth change, causing them to darken. Age also causes the tooth enamel to become less porous and deficient of phosphate, which also causes the color to darken.
It is also important to note that not all stains respond as equally well to professional teeth whitening. Some stains that are inorganic can actually appear darker as the surrounding teeth whiten. Teeth darkened by trauma do not respond well as it is the internal part of the tooth that is darkened by damage. Some antibiotics can result in a discoloration not affected by the whitening process.
Also, teeth that have become almost translucent by the thinning of age, usually the front teeth, are not suitable for professional whitening. Professional teeth whitening works well on organic stains or discoloration caused by aging, as the teeth naturally darken, whether due to heredity or eating habits. In fact, teeth that have yellowed tend to whiten the easiest. The staining caused by certain foods such as coffee, red wine, and some vegetables are effectively whitened, as well as stains from tobacco use.
However, the teeth whitening or bleaching process, even when done by your local dental professional, is not a permanent solution. Some say that, depending on the lifestyle of an individual, the effects of bleaching can last several months; although, one study indicated that almost half of the initial color change resulting from the intensive professional whitening was lost in seven days. Regardless of the length of retained whiteness, it is obvious that an ongoing home maintenance or periodic follow-up treatments of a lower percentage bleaching solution could be necessary to maintain a desired level of whiteness.
Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care
Feeling self conscious about the way your smile looks can prevent you from smiling or interacting in friendly conversations with peers, co-workers or family members. Your smile is one if not the first thing that other people notice when they first meet you, so making a great first impression can be very important.
It doesn’t have to be too difficult to change the way your teeth look when you smile. Simple cosmetic procedures can makeover your smile and leave you with beautiful, white, straight teeth that you’ve always dreamed of. Talk about the instant boost of self-confidence!
Depending on your personal needs and budget, a combination of different cosmetic procedures are available to improve the appearance of one or all of your teeth:
Whitening – In-office teeth whitening or take home trays can lighten your teeth several shades, lifting years of stain off of your teeth.
Bonding – Tooth colored resin material that is similar to a filling can be placed on areas that are chipped or broken. Bonding blends in with the rest of the tooth so that it appears as if it were a natural tooth surface. It’s great for wide spaces between teeth, areas of abrasion, and small fractures.
Invisible braces in the form of removable aligners can comfortably reposition your teeth to not only look better, but promote healthy gums and prevent abnormally worn teeth.
Veneers – The most dramatic way to instantly change your smile, veneers are placed over the front of the teeth that show when you smile. Veneers require little to no tooth preparation and can make teeth look straight, white and evenly shaped across your mouth.
Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care – Your Duluth GA Dentist
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