Reasons for Whitening
Just like the way we have different skin and hair color, our tooth color also varies. Some people have more yellow in their teeth compared to others. Others start to yellow as a person ages. However, it is important to note that there are several factors that affect the natural color of your teeth.
The aging process causes your dentin to become darker and your enamel to get thinner. As a result, your teeth will become less bright. Also, the use of tobacco, either chewed or smoked, drinking tea, coffee, red wine or colas and eating colored foods like blueberries and cherries, can cause discoloration to your teeth. Tooth discoloration can also happen as a result of the accumulation of tartar and plaque deposits. Besides, ingesting excessive fluoride can make your teeth discolored. Dental trauma can also change the color of your teeth.
Also, you need to note that you can get stains inside your teeth. These stains are known as intrinsic stains. These stains are mostly caused by excessive exposure to fluoride as your teeth are developing. Also, tetracycline antibiotics can make your teeth stain.
Preparing for Whitening
Before you start the whitening procedure, it is essential to note that the success of this procedure can be affected by other underlying dental issues. For instance, our experts might need to treat tooth cavities before they commence with the procedure. This is because the whitening solution used by the dentists can get into the inner parts of your tooth if you have a cavity.
Receding gums may expose the roots of your teeth. The roots might appear discolored or yellow, and it is important to note that tooth whitening products will not brighten the roots. Patients with receding or decaying gums might experience teeth sensitivity during and after whitening. Also, you need to note that whitening is not effective on porcelain veneers or crowns.
When you visit our offices for this cosmetic dental procedure, our dentists will first take an image of your teeth. This procedure assists our dentists to monitor and evaluate the progress of this treatment procedure. Also, you should expect dental examination from our dentists since they will need to know the root cause of the staining.
Next, our dentists will clean your teeth. The cleaning procedure helps in removing the bacteria, food particles, as well as other particles that make your teeth to stain. Finally, our dentists will start the whitening procedure once they are through with this.
In the event you feel like your teeth should be whitened, please don’t hesitate to contact Northstar Dental at (303) 481-3901 today, and we will give you more details about the procedure.