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Being one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, teeth whitening helps lighten the teeth, remove discoloration and improve your teeth appearance. Call our Santa Clarita dentist today to schedule your teeth whitening at (661) 290-2825!
When Does the Person Need Teeth Whitening?
There are a lot of reasons why the teeth should be whitened.
Over the years, your teeth are getting darker and dirty looking. Indeed, there is a direct correlation between tooth color and age. Teeth darken because of tear and stains accumulation.
- Dark Color of Natural Teeth
Genetically, people have different teeth color – from yellow to brown and grey. Over time, the natural color becomes more intense. Yellow and brown teeth are more responsive to whitening than grey.
- Teeth Translucency and Thinness
Being genetic traits, teeth thinness and translucency become more pronounced with age. The front teeth are thinner, more transparent and initially have less pigment, that is why, they need to be whitened first.
- Oral Hygiene & Eating Habits
Poor oral hygiene as well as regular consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, cola, oranges and other intensive-colored drinks and food provoke teeth dicloration and stains. Moreover, acidic food (citrus food, vinegar, etc.) causes the enamel erosion which, in turn, makes the yellow-colored dentin show up.
It is not a secret that nicotine leaves stains, gradually ruining the tooth structure and causing discoloration.
Antibiotics may change the teeth color. Tetracycline usage during teeth formation causes brown-gray stains which are difficult to remove, while fluoride leaves white spots on teeth.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) not only destroys teeth enamel, but makes the biting edges dark.
Physical traumas can contribute to cracks in the teeth as well as provoke large stains and debris.
Not Everybody Can Be a Candidate for Teeth Whitening
You can’t whiten your teeth if:
- You have hyper sensitive teeth or gums
- You suffer from severe bruxism (teeth grinding)
- You have cavities in your teeth
- You have exposed roots
- You have ulcers in your mouth
- Your natural teeth color is brown or gray
- You are pregnant or a lactating mother
Whitening a Discolored Tooth after Root Canal
After the root canal, your teeth usually become much darker than the rest of your natural teeth. The root canal teeth can be whitened by a special technique known as internal or non-vital whitening without using of veneers or crowns. Discoloration is removed by applying a bleaching agent to the teeth enamel. The most popular and safest agent used nowadays is sodium perborate. When mixed with hydrogen peroxide, sodium perborate makes the teeth significantly whiter. In case of severe discoloration, it is safe to mix sodium perborate with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Sometimes, several follow-up treatments are necessary to reach the white color you need.
How Long Will the Teeth Remain Whiter?
Teeth whitening is not a one-time procedure. In order to get the desired result you may need more than one visit to a dentist. The effects of whitening procedure usually last about three years. However, this may vary depending from patient to patient. The effect is less visible if you are smoking and prefer products that can remain stain on the teeth.
Teeth Whitening Maintenance
After whitening, the teeth and gums usually feel cleaner. For at least 3 weeks after the dental procedure, you need to stay away from drinks that stains your teeth. You can help your teeth to stay white by tying to use straw to drink your coffee, try to brush right after drinking glass wine, and other sugary food and drinks that stain your teeth. Smoking and chewing tobacco should be avoided as well. We recommend to brush your teeth regularly with a fluoride toothpaste and visit your dentists for checkups.
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