Is teeth whitening right for you?

Want to improve your smile? Brighten your teeth! There are any number of methods we can help you with here at Rogoff Dental Group, including whitening toothpastes, pens, strips or trays.

Teeth whitening removes stains and discoloration from your teeth, improving their appearance. However, it may not be effective if you suffer from other dental issues. The procedure also doesn’t work if you have tooth decay, cavities, receded gums or wear ceramic crowns.

Common Causes

Your teeth derive their color from the light reflecting and scattering off the enamel and the underneath dentin. The smoothness and thickness of your tooth enamel is dependent on genetics. Thinner enamel reflects light differently than thick, and hence, the color varies from person to person. Generally, your teeth appear brighter if your enamel is thicker.

A thin coating, referred to as the pellicle, may also form on the enamel and cause stains. If the enamel is porous, then stains are more likely. The most common causes of stained teeth are tobacco, dark colored liquids like tea, coffee and cola, and improper tooth care. As you age, your teeth may also become less bright as the enamel becomes thinner and your dentin darkens.

In some cases, stains can also appear inside the tooth. Known as intrinsic stains, these are caused when you are exposed to fluoride in greater quantities during the teeth development phases or take tetracycline antibiotics at an age less than 8 years. Teeth whitening works best for extrinsic stains.

Popular teeth whitening products

Whitening toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes remove most of the stains on the surface, but they are abrasive. They lighten teeth color by minor shadse but usually don’t contain any bleach, so they may not be effective if your teeth are too yellow.

Whitening strips

Teeth whitening strips are extremely thin and coated with whitening materials. These strips stick to the surface of your teeth; saliva reacts with the coating to release urea and peroxide which removes stains and whitens teeth, respectively. Whitening strips are recommended for yellowed teeth, but if your teeth are grayish or brownish, they won’t work. In some cases, teeth whitening strips may irritate your gums or cause your teeth to become sensitive.

Whitening gels

Whitening gels work in a similar manner as the strips; however, you’ll have to brush the bleaching agent on the teeth.

After whitening your teeth

Your teeth can become sensitive after being treated. Alleviate the pain through any of the following means:

·         Sensitivity toothpaste: A sensitivity toothpaste contains potassium nitrate and other ingredients that reduce pain.

·         Chewing gum: When you chew gum, your mouth produces more saliva, which soothes your teeth. Moreover, chewing constantly on something distracts you from the pain.

If you want whiter teeth or suffer from other dental issues, visit rogoffdentalgroup.com and schedule a session with us today.