When it comes to beautiful teeth, a straight smile is only part of the equation. The key to a truly stunning smile that even Hollywood stars would envy is teeth whitening!
We all want bright and dazzling white teeth that allow us to smile with confidence. If you've been feeling self-conscious or embarrassed of stained or yellow teeth, there are a few methods to help you on the road to smile success.
What is teeth whitening?
Whitening involves the lightening of dental discolouration with the application of a whitening agent.
What causes discolouration on our teeth?
Certain types of foods and drinks can remove the outer layer of the tooth structure and stain your teeth. The most common include
- Red sauces
- Red wine
Tobacco in cigarettes or chewing tobacco can also cause staining.
These stains come in all colours. Often, the colour of your teeth may be attributed to different lifestyle factors and eating habits.
Yellow discoloration may be caused by
- Smoking. This is the big one. Yellow staining is often attributed to smokers. Quick fact: smokers also often report a higher level of dissatisfaction with how they look, based on the appearance of their teeth (which is just another reason to consider kicking the habit)!
- A diet high in simple sugars
- Poor oral hygiene
- Chronic dry mouth
- Beverages like tea, coffee, and red wine can also cause yellow staining
Brown spots or brown discolouration may be caused by
- Fruits like blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranates (when eaten in large quantities)
- Untreated tooth decay
- Tartar buildup
- Beverages like tea, coffee, red wine, and sugary colas
White spots are often attributed to cavities or too much fluoride.
Black spots may be caused by
- Advanced dental cavity
- Liquid iron supplements
So, what can you do to get rid of stains?
We don't want you to ever feel embarrassed about laughing out loud or enjoying life due to discoloured teeth. Thankfully, a few methods and procedures can reduce the appearance of stains and get you smiling with confidence once again.
Teeth whitening options tend to fall into three categories
- In-office one-hour whitening: whitening administered by us, your dentist
- Dentist-prescribed take-home: whitening kits dispensed by us, your dentist, for you to use at home
- Store-bought kit: whitening kits that are obtained over-the-counter or made at home
The type of method you choose for whitening your teeth will be based on a few factors including:
- The type of discolouration you have
- Your age
- Your dental history, including fillings and crowns
- The cost of the treatment involved
It is always best to discuss whitening methods with us before embarking on your whitening journey. We can recommend a treatment plan tailored to you and your goals to ensure the result is exactly as you pictured.
In-office whitening treatments are beneficial for a few reasons, including speed and duration. Have a wedding, job interview, date or other important events, and need white teeth fast?
In-office treatments work fast, often needing only one treatment over one hour, and last longer than other alternatives, meaning you and your loved ones can enjoy your smile for months.
Treatments provided by your dentist
We can also help you whiten your teeth at home through custom-fit trays. Like you, your smile is unique, and these custom trays ensure a proper fit to your mouth and more effective whitening.
Simply add gel to your trays, and we'll let you know how long to keep them in for an effective whitening job within a few weeks.
At home, over-the-counter options
Unlike the whitening administered by dentists, over-the-counter whitening products contain no carbamide peroxide, the harmless substance dentists use to get your teeth sparkling and shining. This means, depending on your personal teeth staining, at-home whitening may not be as effective nor help you reach a gleaming aesthetic. They can also be messy, time-consuming, and depending on the product, may even damage your teeth.
There's a host of misleading information about home-based methods floating around on the internet. Contact our trusted team before trying home-based methods, and we can advise you on all the dos and don'ts in order to protect you and your smile.
At the end of the day, whitening products produce the best results when done under your dentist's supervision at Battle Creek Family Dentistry. We can remove stains seamlessly, quickly and mess-free.
Maintaining your results
Your drinking, eating and oral habits can significantly impact how long your teeth whitening results last. To maintain your white smile and newfound confidence, you'll need to take a few simple steps to decrease staining potential.
We would never ask you to let go of coffee, wine and chocolate (that would just be cruel) but rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth soon after consuming these items can keep these discolouring agents from settling on your teeth and causing stains!
The Bottom Line
A smile that lights up the room starts with whitening. Give us a call to set up an appointment and discuss the whitening options available to you that’ll help you live and laugh with brightness.