Do You Feel Confident About the Appearance of Your Smile?
Presenting our best self to the world requires confidence, and a bright, beautiful smile helps lead the way. If the appearance of your smile is making you hesitate to share it with the world, your dentist can help. One of the most common concerns my patients have about their teeth is staining and discolorations.
The color of our teeth is influenced and changed by many factors, some of which change the surface of the tooth, while others affect the color of the tooth on the inside. The first step in creating a brighter, whiter smile is spending time with your dentist evaluating the cause of the discoloration and the underlying health of the teeth and gums.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Surface stain, caused most often by eating and smoking, can be removed by your dentist or hygienist, during an office visit. Once the teeth are healthy, clean and bright, you can help keep them that way in between your routine dental visits by cutting back on beverages like coffee, tea , cola or wine. If you are a smoker, you need to commit to the process of quiting smoking.
How to have a whiter, brighter smile
Regular brushing and flossing help maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and also reduce surface stain. Talk with your dental professional about whether using a whitening toothpaste or gel will help between dental visits to reduce the stain that builds up. Stay on a regular schedule of dental visits for professional tooth cleaning, as recommended by your dentist.
Bleaching, Bonding, Veneers
If you desire a brighter, more confident smile after the surface stain is removed, talk with your dentist about additional procedures such as bleaching, bonding and veneers. Your dentist can help you understand which of these options is the best way for you to have both long-term health and beauty.
Tooth bleaching has become a safe, efficient way for many people to brighten their smiles. It is most commonly done using peroxide to remove both surface stain and internal discoloration. Oxygen form the peroxide enters the enamel and lightens (bleaches) the colored parts of the tooth. Your dental team can help you understand which bleaching method will work best for you.
Some causes of internal tooth discoloration may require bonding or veneers, often combined with tooth bleaching to create that beautiful confident smile. Your Pankey Institute trained dentist will inform you about the options best suited to you.