Why do I have yellow teeth?
Many factors contribute to the discoloration of your teeth. Certain foods and drinks — like coffee, tea, turmeric and wine — stain your teeth, as do the tar and nicotine in tobacco products. Certain medications like tetracycline and doxycycline can also cause staining.
Your age contributes to the discoloration of your teeth. As you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner, allowing the softer, darker interior tissue called dentin to start to show. If you have a dental injury or trauma, your teeth recover by creating more dentin, which can cause your teeth to darken.
What happens during teeth whitening treatment?
- During an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a cheek retractor is placed in your mouth that holds your lips away from your teeth.
- Soft tissue like gums is properly isolated.
- The peroxide-based bleach gel is applied on your teeth, carefully avoiding your gums and other soft tissues.
- Once your teeth are coated with the bleaching gel, a special light is directed towards your teeth to activate the gel.
- You relax in the chair for 30 minutes while your teeth are lightened. When the treatment is complete, the gel is wiped off, the cheek retractor is removed and proper mouth rinse is done. You go home with a bright, white smile!
Why is professional teeth whitening better than home bleaching kits?
We at the Dental Roots use more effective bleaching materials that deliver results more quickly. We also thoroughly examine your teeth before the whitening treatment to ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong enough for bleaching.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments typically require multiple applications of the bleaching agent with no guarantee of the same result. The longer exposure to the gel can cause teeth sensitivity and can harm your teeth.
How should I take care of my teeth after a whitening treatment?
You may experience minor temperature sensitivity for a day or so following your teeth whitening treatment. You should take care with hot and cold drinks for your own comfort if this happens. Otherwise, brush and floss your teeth as normal.
If you’re interested in having brighter, whiter teeth, contact us today to learn more about your teeth whitening options. You can call the practice or make an appointment online.