Keeping your pearly whites, pearly white!
All of us at some point in our day will stop and look in the mirror; it’s a normal reaction to view our own reflection and more than likely, you examine your smile. In Today’s day and age, so many advertisements, public figures, and social media icons flash their radiant teeth, it becomes hard not to wonder or even worry about how white your smile is. Don’t worry though, you are not alone, and many people ask themselves every week, “How can I get my teeth whiter?” or “How can I keep my teeth white?” Dr. Tim and our Staff here at Healthy Smiles get this question all the time, and it’s our pride and joy to make sure you have the whitest, healthiest smile you want.
Some Key Facts:
Discoloration of your teeth can be caused by disease or poor oral hygiene, but it is even more common for your food and beverage choices to influence to be the culprit of the yellowing of teeth. Keeping on top of your Oral Hygiene and developing health dental habits will always be one of the best ways to ensure your Teeth’s shine stays as bright as possible, but it there other ways you can prevent staining, and there are great methods and products you can use to help you get your teeth whiter over time.
The enamel of your teeth, under a microscope, looks like tiny tightly packed crystal structure rods, and tiny particles from your food, bacteria, and other items will seep into the spaces between these rods and actually stain your teeth. These stains can get so deep into the enamel that it can be very difficult for at home solutions to uproot those molecules and whiten your teeth. By practicing good oral hygiene you can prevent them from getting there in the first place, but there are also great whitening solutions that can break up that discoloration through specific chemical reactions.
Keep Them Clean with Good Hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is one of, if not the best way to keep your teeth white year round. Keeping a regular, twice or more daily brushing schedule, flossing regularly, and rinsing your mouth after meals with water are core components of not only white teeth, but good oral health as well. Diseased teeth from lack of brushing or irregular flossing can cause discoloration. Following the oral hygiene that Dr. Tim and our Staff at Healthy Smiles will be the best step in keeping your teeth as white as possible!
Watching what you Eat and Drink.
What you eat and what you drink will play a crucial role in how white your teeth stay, or how discolored they may get, especially if you don’t carry the best oral hygiene habits. Now of course avoiding beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, red wine, bright berries and fruit juices, will be the optimum method to keeping your teeth as white as possible. Of course, it may be difficult or even impossible to avoid eating or drinking these items, so the best practice is to limit the duration of time that you spend eating or drinking them and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking them. These foods all contain intense color pigments known as chromogens, and when they hit the enamel, it is like spilling coffee, wine, or other foods on a white shirt.
Cigarettes, Chewing Tobacco, and other Tobacco products all contain two compounds known as Tar and Nicotine. These two compounds create very stubborn stains that are very difficult to fix. Tar is naturally very dark, and nicotine changes color to a yellowish material, and these two compounds hit the enamel on your teeth and stain them quickly. Avoiding the use of these products all together is beneficial not only for your oral hygiene and health, but for your overall health as well.
Some medications can cause teeth discoloration and darkening as a side effect of taking the medication. Antihistamines, high blood pressure medicines, and chemotherapy can all contribute to the discoloration of your teeth. It is extremely important to never stop taking a medication without speaking to your prescribing physician first, and if your medication is the cause of the discoloration, there are in office whitening treatments that can certainly help you get a whiter smile, while staying healthy.
Whitening Options and How they Work:
How does It work?
Teeth whitening is a very scientific and involved process, and there are many forms and ways to obtain that whiter smile. All whitening solutions utilize some type of bleaching compound such as Hydrogen Peroxide, or Cabamide Peroxide. These compounds work by soaking into the stain and breaking up the material discoloring your tooth, reducing the yellow concentration and brightening your smile. It is important to talk to our Staff at Healthy Smiles about what solution may be best for you, based on your specific situation as not all solutions are the same, and some teeth may not respond to whitening well or at all.
What are your Options?
There are many whitening options you have at your disposal to get a brighter smile. Whitening Toothpastes are a solution, but these will often only break down surface level stains, and can leave your teeth sensitive to temperature. This is because these toothpastes utilize a slightly abrasive compound to gently scrub the surface of the tooth.
Another option is having in-office solutions done, like the ones offered here at Healthy Smiles. We take the time to examine your specific situation, and what the root cause of your stain is, and provide a solution based on that information. The bleaching compounds like Hydrogen or Cabamide Peroxide are then applied to your teeth, and in one visit you can leave with a brighter more radiant smile, and confident self being.
You can also use these same types of bleaching compounds at home by purchasing the at-home bleaching kits, but it will be in a much lower concentration then chairside bleaching. The gel will be placed in a tray, and you will place the tray over your teeth, and remove after about 15-45 minutes and over the duration of a few weeks you should notice a brighter smile. At-home solutions are great, but to make you as comfortable, and satisfied as possible, on your next visit feel free to ask us any questions or concerns you have, and we are more than happy to help you find the solution that will best fit your needs.