Dental Tips Blog

Jan
10

What Makes Teeth Yellow?

Have you ever wondered what makes our teeth yellow in the first place?

Battling tooth discoloration starts with understanding why it happens. This will help you choose the most effective method for lightening the color of your teeth.

Natural Dentin Color

Just like your eyes, skin, hair, and gums, your teeth have a natural and unique color. Teeth get their hue from the thickness of their inner layer, the darker yellow dentin. The outer enamel layer is translucent and white, but when it is thick, it hides the yellowness and makes the teeth look whiter. Conversely, having thin enamel can naturally make teeth look more yellow.

Stain

Coffee, tea, tobacco use are major stain culprits. With years of regular exposure, these substances can cause deep enamel discoloration.

Age

Your tooth enamel layer starts to thin as you age, making teeth more sensitive and appear more yellow. Gum recession is also linked to advancing age. When gums pull away from the crown of the tooth, the dark yellow tooth root becomes visible.

Dental Calculus

Dental calculus (tartar) could be covering up a beautifully white tooth surface. Even if your teeth are bright, the tartar you allow to stay on them will give your smile a dull and filmy look.

How to Get Whiter Teeth

A professional dental cleaning is the best way to get started. Have your dentist check out your teeth. If you’re not happy with how white they are after polishing, then ask about bleaching them.

A few methods for lightening deep yellow stain include:

  • At-home teeth whitening strips and gels
  • Prescription take-home teeth whitening trays
  • Professional-level laser teeth whitening

Ask your dentist about which cosmetic teeth whitening option would best help you see a brighter smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

Jan
6

4 Teeth Whitening Options

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Pretty much everyone wants that stunning, white, celebrity-caliber smile. If you’re interested in taking the brightness factor of your teeth up a notch, which technique is right for you?

You’ve got a lot of options to choose from….

  1. Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products

You can find lots of products in your local drugstore… from gels to toothpastes, to rinses to leave-on strips. These products work by buffing away surface stain and bleaching out mild stains embedded within tooth enamel.

They’re only effective skin-deep, so to speak, but it’s a good start! If you want to see more dramatic effects, then visit your dentist for a professional teeth whitening consultation.

  1. Professional In-Office Treatments

Your fastest option is to go with a professional teeth whitening treatment in a dental office. In a single appointment, you get to relax while the product is applied and activated. It only takes about an hour and the results are immediate.

  1. Custom Fitted Take-Home Trays

To get a professional result in the comfort of your own home, try having professionally-fitted whitening trays made. Fill them with prescription-strength gel and wear them once a day. Results are achieved in about 10-14 days and are easy to maintain over time.

  1. Cover Up with Veneers

If bleaching is not enough, you can simply cover up the front of your teeth with gorgeous dental veneers. These thin shells of porcelain cover the side of your tooth that is visible when you smile. Veneers can change not only the color of teeth, but the texture and shape, as well.

These are just a few of the most popular whitening and cosmetic options used on a day-to-day basis. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out what’s really best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Nov
30

Don’t Let Your Tooth Color Keep You From Smiling!

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Would you describe your smile as pearly white? Most people don’t have naturally bright, white smiles. Does the color of your teeth make you feel a bit self-conscious?

There’s no need to be ashamed to smile anymore! Thanks to the wonders of today’s cosmetic dentistry, tooth color can be corrected to virtually any extent, in a number of different ways.

Which technique is right for you? Let’s explore some options.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Whiteners

Over-the-counter products are generally safe, but only have minimal effect compared to prescription strength gels. They’re better for maintaining a white smile after deeper bleaching. It never hurts to try out an OTC product to see what you think.

In-Office Procedures

Professional tooth bleaching packs the most powerful punch. Results are instant and dramatic. You might need to repeat the procedure only once or twice a year, or never again if you maintain the new color of your teeth with at-home products.

At-Home Treatments

Would you prefer gradual whitening that you complete at home? Custom-fitted bleaching trays and a concentrated bleaching gel from your dentist give you control over your results. It takes longer than the in-office process, but the results are better than what you’ll find in an OTC box or bottle.

Dental Veneers

For the stubborn teeth that just won’t lighten, you may want to consider dental veneers. Veneers are false fronts that hide a multitude of sins! Besides tooth color, veneers smooth out tooth texture and fill in chips or gaps. Veneers are often made from porcelain and personalized to suit your smile.

Make teeth lightening a part of next dental makeover and ask your dentist about which whitening options are best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Nov
24

5 Steps to a Brighter Whiter Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

As summer rolls in, your calendar might be packed with plans for graduations, parties, reunions, and vacations. Expect a lot of reasons to show off your smile!

Have the best smile of your life ready this summer by following these five steps.

  1. Cut Out Staining Items

 If you want to keep your smile white, the first thing to do is avoid foods and other items that are likely to stain it. Try to limit items like:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  1. Remove Buildup Frequently

 In spite of your best efforts to avoid stain, your teeth may easily darken. A buildup of plaque and tartar will also dull your smile. Make brushing and flossing a regular part of your routine so that you can fight stain as it shows up. Regular dental cleanings will also keep your smile sparkling.

  1. Try Professional–Strength Bleaching

 We finally get to the obvious point: actually whitening your teeth!

It’s important that you are well prepared for this step. This way, the effects will be more profound and lasting. Your dentist will work with you on how to get the most of professional tooth bleaching.

  1. Maintain the Whitening Effect

 To keep your smile vibrant, a whitening toothpaste or rinse may be in order. These will help you combat stain and enhance the whitening treatment you had done. You might even be able to use custom whitening trays at home to maintain a bright smile.

  1. Protect Your Smile

Teeth with cavities will never look clean and white! Fluoride is essential to strong and cavity-resistant enamel. It will also protect your teeth from any sensitivity experienced while whitening.

Talk with your dentist for more information on how to keep your smile white!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Nov
16

The Best Way to Get a Whiter Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

We’re bombarded each day with advertisements and social media featuring models and celebrities with those perfectly white, glowing smiles.

How do we get that? And where do we get started? With so many products to choose from (and all of them marketed with a set of brilliant white teeth), it can be overwhelming to select the right one.

How Whitening Products Work

To choose the right whitening method, you first need to understand the mechanisms behind teeth whitening.

Teeth are whitened in two basic ways: surface stain that can be buffed away with abrasives; or a chemical that can penetrate deep into the enamel to lift embedded stain.

A whitening toothpaste that contains baking soda is a good example of the first method. Light stain on a tooth surface can be scrubbed off with the gritty texture. Other products work with an agent like hydrogen peroxide to bleach teeth with more lasting effects.

So the effectiveness of a whitener is based upon its strength, how long the tooth surface is exposed to it, and how many teeth it can access.

When using any tooth bleaching product, caution is needed. The stronger the chemical, the more likely it is to make teeth sensitive and burn the gums.

What’s the Verdict?

The most effective – and safest – method is professional tooth whitening.

This will give you access to the highest degree of whitening strength in shorter time. But it also provides you with specialized trays for whitening all of your teeth with little to no contact with your gums. Professional whitening is fast – it can be done in a single office visit.

Find out whether teeth whitening is right for you and what options you can try by scheduling a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Aug
18

Posted in Teeth Whitening

For many of us, coffee is an important part of our daily lives. We may even have a hard time functioning without it! And come those toasty summer days, we’re going to be reaching for an icy caffeinated drink as often as possible.

But could your coffee fix also lend itself to dental health problems?

Take a look at the following ways that coffee can affect your smile.

  1. Staining

Coffee contains dark pigments that are easily absorbed by your teeth and even some dental restorations. When your coffee is lightened with cream or some kind of milk, it can still leave a mark. Frequently exposing your teeth to coffee will cause them to quickly yellow.

  1. Bad Breath

The strong chemical compounds in coffee that give it its wondrous aroma also give your breath a unique aroma, too!

  1. Acid Erosion

Coffee is a very acidic beverage. Over time, it can contribute to the wear of your tooth enamel. When the enamel is slowly weakened by acids, it becomes more vulnerable to developing cavities. Acid erosion also makes it easier for your teeth to absorb stain.

  1. Increases Cavity Risk

It’s not so much your coffee itself that causes cavities – it’s what you put in your coffee!

Carbohydrates found in sugar and other sweeteners have an acidic influence on teeth. They also provide fuel for cavity-causing bacteria. Having a sweet coffee drink swishing past your teeth several times a day could be putting your smile at risk for decay.

Your local dental office will help you work around your love for coffee to save your smile. Schedule a visit with your dentist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jun
26

Foods to Avoid to Keep Your Smile White

Posted in Teeth Whitening

No one can deny that a clean white smile is a beautiful one!

Often times, the foods we love to have pass our teeth are the very cause of the stain we dread. What foods should you try to limit to prevent the accumulation of stain?

Dark Drinks

Beverages tend to be the main source of staining agents. This is because we might sip our favorite drink slowly more than one time a day. Popular smile-staining drinks include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Soda
  • Sports drinks

An interesting fact about drinks is that it’s not just dark-colored ones that stain. Acidic drinks will wear on enamel, which contributes to staining. Reach for plain old water as often as possible to keep your smile bright!

Staining Seasonings

What’s a meal without great flavor?

A couple of common flavorings used in many parts of the world are curry and balsamic vinegar. Curry is bright yellow and will yellow teeth with time. Balsamic vinegar is a fantastic salad dressing, but its natural dark hue makes it a prime culprit for staining.

Bold Berries

Those juicy cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries contain dark pigments that can easily build up in teeth. Jam, jelly, pie, juice, fresh, or frozen – these berries in nearly any form can leave their mark!

Fight the Stain!

It may be impossible to completely give up the foods you love. How can you counter the effects of dark and staining foods? Good oral hygiene is a must to control bacterial buildup and limit the effects of acid. Your dentist will have a variety of cosmetic options to help you hide or eliminate deep stain. Contact your local dental office for a smile evaluation!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Jun
24

Your Child and Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

As your child loses teeth and grows in new adult ones, you notice a disturbing pattern: the new teeth look dark yellow compared with the pearly baby whites!

You perhaps wonder whether teeth whitening is something you should consider to help your son or daughter have a bright smile. How do the dental experts feel about this matter?

It’s Natural!

First of all, it’s perfectly normal for the adult teeth to look much darker in comparison with the white baby teeth. This is because baby teeth have a thinner layer of dentin inside, giving them a brighter color.

If your child is not brushing properly, food and plaque buildup can also cause some significant staining.

Kids and Whitening

The danger in children whitening their teeth is that we don’t yet know just how whitening could harm baby teeth. Whitening (even the at-home whitening strips) use strong chemicals that can cause tooth and gum sensitivity even in adults.

Maintaining a White Smile for Life

When your son or daughter is a bit older and feels self-conscious about the color of his or her teeth, whitening may then become an option. In the meantime, prevent stain and promote excellent oral health for your child by:

  • Avoiding heavily staining foods
  • Keeping plaque at bay with frequent brushing and flossing
  • Using a fluoride rinse to prevent cavities
  • Visiting your dentist regularly

The most important part of your child’s smile is that it’s a healthy one. Be proactive by taking steps to prevent dental disease. In time, your child will thank you for the foundation of dental health that you provided for them!

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Jun
22

Can I Just Use Baking Soda to Whiten My Teeth?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Baking soda has long been touted as an efficient, economical, and natural tooth whitener that you can use in the comfort of your own home.

But you may well wonder:

  • How does it work?
  • Is it safe to use?
  • Is it really effective?

How Baking Soda Whitens Teeth

The abrasive property of baking soda particles is what gives it the ability to buff away stain. Many whitening toothpastes contain abrasives such as baking soda to give them stain-scrubbing power.

If your teeth quickly and easily pick up stain from foods (tea, coffee, wine, etc.), medication, or tobacco, then using a toothpaste with a gentle abrasive agent may be key to keeping stain at bay.

Caution is needed, however.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Because baking soda is abrasive, using it too often for too long can wear your enamel and scratch dental restorations. Even brushing too hard with a normal toothbrush can cause wear on teeth after several years. Scrubbing your teeth with baking soda on a regular basis could do them more harm than good.

Additionally, gritty and salty baking soda can irritate soft tissues such as your gums, cheeks, tongue, and lips.

Better Than Baking Soda

The small bits in baking soda help scrub away surface stain, but they can’t access the stain embedded deep within the pores of tooth enamel. To achieve this, you need an effective bleaching agent.

Professional teeth whitening uses the optimum concentration of a bleaching agent along with special equipment for safe, quick, and effective bleaching power.

Professional whitening can even remove years of stain that accumulate with age, giving you a younger and healthier smile. Talk to your dentist about which tooth whitening option is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Apr
5

How to Maintain Your White Smile for Years

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you’ve just invested in teeth whitening or a smile makeover, you want your results to last for as long as possible. With the right home care and follow up, they can!

After whitening your teeth, keep your custom trays handy and store any remaining whitening gel in the refrigerator. This keeps the gel active longer, so that you can use it months down the road. You can also pick up gel refills from your dentist.

Boost your whitening every 3 to 6 months. If you don’t drink coffee or smoke, chances are you may only need to touch up after your routine cleanings. But if you enjoy a glass of red wine now and then, or a few cups of coffee each day – you may need to touch up more often. In most cases all you need to do is wear the whitening trays for an hour a day, 3 to 4 days. It isn’t necessary to whiten for two weeks the way you initially did.

Get your teeth cleaned regularly. Your hygienist will scale away calcified bacteria and polish stain deposits that have accumulated between visits. Even if you’re a great brusher, build up is bound to happen. Whitening after your checkup is one of the best times to jump-start your maintenance, as the teeth are completely clean.

Make sure you’re using the right concentration of whitening gel. Over the counter products aren’t nearly as strong as what’s available at your dentist’s office. Most dentists keep 2 or 3 types of gel available, based on the specific needs and colors of their patients’ teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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