How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products remove surface stains and improve the color of your teeth, which makes your teeth brighter.
Why Did My Teeth Change Color?
Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:
Food and Drink
Beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine are some major staining culprits that can stain the teeth. Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel). Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. If the enamel is worn off the teeth may become exposed to an inner layer of the tooth (dentin) which absorbs chromogens, while also becoming a sensitive tooth.
Tar and nicotine are two chemicals found in tobacco that create stubborn stains. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.
Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.
If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel. This may be due to the disintegrated blood and nerves inside the tooth.
Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.
What Are My Whitening Options?
There are various options for teeth whitening. At our office, we provide a free consultation for teeth whitening. If you are a candidate we offer various packages that are suitable for your teeth and your budget. We offer in-office as well as at-home whitening options. You may choose from a wide range of whitening options that are personalized to you.
We offer Annual teeth whitening maintenance packages, Special event packages, Bridal packages and we will be very happy to offer choices that fit your budget.