09 Oct Who Can Benefit from Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening can improve problems associated with dental stain and tooth discoloration. Young adults, middle age, and senior citizens alike have one big thing in common … we all want the whitest and brightest teeth available.
There are things that can be done to brighten your smile … daily brushing and flossing coupled with twice yearly visits with your dentist will help control plaque build-up. There are tooth pastes and rinses designed to help maintain a bright smile.
However, staining from medications, some foods and beverages, lifestyle habits like tobacco use, and aging … regular dental maintenance is helpful, but a consultation with your cosmetic dentist can provide a solution that will overhaul your smile.
Medications or streaky stains or spots from fluorosis (over fluoridation) can mar your smile. Teeth whitening can lighten or eliminate stains.
Foods like many berries, beets, and tomato based sauces … all are healthy choices, but their deep colors have the power to discolor your dental enamel. Once you have had your teeth whitened, you don’t have to eliminate these foods from your diet. The awareness that these foods can stain merely means that following their consumption, you should rinse or brush as soon as possible.
Beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and cola have the potential to stain teeth. One way to help control the effect of staining is to use a straw when drinking cold drinks. Never use a straw with hot beverages as burns may result. With a straw most of the beverage will bypass dental enamel. Never swish the beverage … swallow as quickly as you can.
Tobacco use of any kind can yellow teeth. The obvious choice for both your smile and overall health is to discontinue use of these products. In addition to dental stain from tobacco, patients who smoke are much more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers.
Our skilled dental team can make recommendations based on your age, time line, and economic needs. Patients can enjoy a smile makeover that will fit their circumstance and budget with the aid of teeth whitening.