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The Wonders of Teeth Whitening

JUL 05

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

It is quite common for your teeth to lose their natural shine with time, which is the reason so some individuals are intrigued in whitening them!

Teeth Become Yellow For Many Reasons

Teeth becoming yellow over time is as normal as graying hair–it's a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our tooth enamel begins to thin due to every day wear and tear. This causes the layer beneath our enamel, called the dentin, to show more, giving our teeth a more yellow appearance.
However, there are other factors that may cause tooth to yellow besides aging:

  • Tobacco products
    • Food and drink stains
    • Insufficient oral hygiene
    • Dental trauma
    • Specific medications

If you wish to prevent your teeth from yellowing as best you can, we suggest that you start by changing some personal habits. In case you are using tobacco in any form, it’s best to quit. Consume acidic drink and food in moderation and monitor use of beverages that can stain your teeth like wine, coffee, tea, soft drink, etc. It is also important to brush up on your dental hygiene habits and ensure you’re getting frequent dental cleanings in Pasadena!

The Way You Whiten Your Teeth Depends On The Stain

There are two main types of stains that you might have on your teeth. Surface, or “extrinsic” stains, caused by smoking and diet occur on the surface of the enamel. “Intrinsic” stains are deeper, and happen inside the tooth.
You can remove surface stains on your tooth by utilizing a whitening toothpaste. These kinds of toothpastes usually contain special abrasives that gently polish the tooth, and use certain chemicals which might help break down the stains. These toothpastes can be tough on tooth enamel, so make certain to always read labels when utilizing them–some should only be used momentarily.
Intrinsic stains can’t be helped by whitening toothpastes. To get that brighter smile, you’ll need to actually change the color of your tooth. You may do that utilizing a bleaching agent. The bleaching agents that most professional products use are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These chemicals break stains into smaller pieces, making their color less concentrated and leaving your teeth looking whiter!

A few of the most typical ways to bleach your teeth are whitening strips and gels, tray-based tooth whiteners, and in-office whitening services supervised by a dentist in Pasadena.

We Would Love To See You At Our Office

At our practice, we offer in-office whitening which will get you the bright smile you’ve been dreaming of in half the time of other whitening options. We'll also cautiously monitor the whole process to ensure its safety and efficacy.
If you’re looking to use a tray-based whitening system, we may customize your mouthpiece to perfectly suit your tooth! This may protect the soft gum tissues in your mouth, as well as ensure maximum contact between your tooth and the whitening solution.

No matter your choice, our Pasadena CA dentist would love to help bring life back to your smile through whitening, cleaning, or even just a check-up. Give us a call today!

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