The American Association of Orthodontists recently conducted a study in which 48% of respondents said the smile is feature they remember best after first meeting someone. Many respondents said they view people with a flawed smile as less attractive and less confident than those with impeccable teeth. It’s hard to argue; a great smile makes a great impression!
Often times people want to improve their smile by improving the color of their teeth. Here are a few of the reasons your bright white teeth may have become yellow or gray over time:
- Strong color pigments in the food or drink your regularly consume: Coffee, tea, red wine etc.
- Tobacco use: Tar is naturally dark and nicotine becomes yellow when exposed to oxygen
- Age: The white enamel that covers your teeth wears off as you age, which exposes more of the yellowish dentin beneath
- Trauma: When a tooth suffers impact the body will respond by increasing the amount of dentin in the tooth, and dentin is not white
- Medications: antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, high blood pressure medications, chemotherapy, and neck radiation
The American Dental Association recommends consulting with your dentist before trying any products for whitening your teeth because the best approach is not the same for everyone. For instance, teeth that are discolored due to trauma or medication will not respond to traditional bleaching treatments. Whitening toothpastes sold over the counter contain polishing agents and mild abrasives that will help remove extrinsic stains, but do not reach below the surface. At Bond Family and Implant Dentistry we use Opalescence Tooth Whitening System for intrinsic stain removal. Opalescence gels contain whitening agents that penetrate the tooth to the discolored molecules and break them up, which leaves you with a brighter, whiter smile. Some patients prefer to use pre-filled trays that are sold by the box for their Opalescence treatment. These UltraFit Trays are ready to go right out of the package, and they only require a 15-90 minute wear time. We can also custom make trays in our office that will fit your specific mouth. These custom trays can be filled with whitening gel at home using a syringe. When a whiter smile is needed quickly, we do in-office whitening treatments using a higher concentration of whitening agent.
Tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are common side effects of using tooth whitening products, but they generally only last a short time. Opalescence gels contain potassium nitrate and fluoride which help reduce uncomfortable side effects and also contribute to the health of the enamel during the whitening process.
At Bond Family and Implant Dentistry we would love to help you improve your smile any way we can. We will work with you to find the best whitening treatment based on your personal circumstance. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.