Teeth Whitening 101

Are you self-conscious about smiling because of the colour of your teeth? Your teeth are a huge part of your face, appearance, and self-confidence. Many people are reluctant to show them in photographs or on special occasions because they don’t live up to their perception of perfect pearly whiteness.

If you’d like to feel confident and free to show your pearly whites day by day or are particularly excited to smile broadly at a special occasion, teeth whitening in Red Deer may be the perfect solution.

What causes teeth to change colour at all?

  • Intensely coloured foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine stain your teeth because pigments called chromogens bind with enamel
  • Nicotine, when combined with oxygen while smoking, is converted to a yellowy substance that stains teeth.
  • As you age, the white enamel on your teeth wears away, gradually revealing the dentin Dentin is a yellowish substance
  • Trauma to your teeth can cause them to change colour, since your teeth can respond by producing more of that yellowish dentin
  • Some medications have a side effect that can darken the colour of teeth, particularly antihistamines, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medications, and antibiotics taken by young children

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening products contain one of two types of teeth bleaching compounds — hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide — that break down stains affecting your teeth.

Whether whitening will work on your teeth depends on the cause of the discolouration in the first place, and on the colour of the stains. If your teeth are discoloured because of trauma or the side effects of medication, teeth whitening will not work. Your dentist in Red Deer will explain your other cosmetic dentistry options to solve those causes of discolouration, including porcelain veneers.

Not every colour of tooth stains reacts the same way to bleaching. Generally, yellowed teeth respond well to bleaching but browned teeth less well. Bleach may be altogether ineffective on teeth that are tinged gray.

What are your teeth whitening options?

For advice about teeth whitening in Red Deer, you should have an assessment with a dentist. As a general rule, there are four different approaches to teeth whitening.

  • Toothpastes. The American Dental Association (ADA) places its Seal of Acceptance on the packaging of toothpaste with mild abrasives that will whiten teeth. Keep in mind that toothpastes don’t actually change the colour of your teeth. All they do is remove stains and add polish.
  • Over-the-Counter Bleach Products. The ADA has approved some at-home bleaching products that you can buy at almost every drugstore and grocery store. DIY kits contain the same bleaching compounds as your dentist would use, but at much lower strength and without the option of adjusting them to your particular stains and sensitivity.
  • Dentist-Provided At-Home Bleaching. Dentists may provide customized trays of whitening products that will allow you to go through the process yourself in the comfort of your own home over days or weeks with instructions from your dentist.
  • Chairside Bleaching. Dental offices in Red Deer offer professional teeth whitening. In a single one-hour appointment, your dentist will use the strongest possible bleaching compounds tailored to your particular stains and sensitivity using specialized equipment including LED lights to accelerate the stain-dissolving process. In just one hour, your teeth may be whitened by as many as eight shades.

Is teeth whitening right for you?

Teeth whitening may not be appropriate for everyone. For example, some people experience side effects like teeth sensitivity from teeth whitening products. Overusing whiteners can damage your gums and teeth. Chairside bleaching at a Red Deer dentist will eliminate the risks of that damage. No one under the age of 14 or who is pregnant or breastfeeding should engage in teeth whitening.

Are you ready to do something about your stained teeth and to take the first step to a freer and whiter smile? Contact a dental clinic near you for more information about teeth whitening in Red Deer.

 

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