Dingy, yellow, stained, and discolored teeth can have a huge impact on your appearance and self-esteem. If you routinely hide your smile behind a hand or smile with your lips only, it’s time to explore your options for teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening procedures are among the most-requested cosmetic dental treatments across the United States. As a result, there are many products available for removing stains and whitening your smile. You should know the best, least harmful, and most healthy options before trying any.
In this post, caring dentist Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, and his team at Sendero Dental Studio provide some insightful information into how teeth become stained and discolored, and how professional teeth whitening can help — it’s the best way to create and maintain a bright, healthy-looking smile of which you can be proud.
Why are my teeth discolored?
There are numerous reasons your teeth can turn yellow, brown, or even a dull gray. The most common reasons are the drinks and foods you consume regularly. Here’s a simple fact to remember: Anything that can stain your clothes can stain your teeth. Common food culprits and other causes behind your discolored teeth include:
- Red wine
- Dark berries
- Inadequate oral care
- Some medications
- Tooth trauma
Age can also make teeth turn yellowish or gray. This is due to thinning tooth enamel, which, over time, can reveal the yellow layer of dentin beneath.
What are the best options for whitening teeth?
Many over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions exist, from toothpaste to whitening strips and whitening trays. Not every product works the same or is as effective as others. While brushing your teeth regularly with a whitening toothpaste may not cause you harm, you should still ask Dr. Barrera for his best recommendations. You may have an oral condition that would be best served with another type of product.
Plus, stained teeth are often more difficult to whiten, and some underlying dental problems could be made worse by some whitening products. And, these dental issues should be addressed first, before you’re concerned with teeth whitening. Your teeth’s appearance can improve after dealing with some oral problems.
How can I brighten my smile safely?
At Sendero Dental Studio, Dr. Barrera recommends the professional-grade Zoom!® Teeth Whitening System. Under the care of our talented dentist and dental hygienist, the product gel is applied to each tooth. The Zoom! solution penetrates the enamel and begins the process of oxidation so the molecules inside of your teeth reflect less light and appear colorless.
Your teeth can become up to eight shades brighter with Zoom! than with the best OTC solutions. Plus, professional teeth whitening is supervised by a skilled dentist to ensure your oral health is protected.
Do you need help for your yellow teeth? If you’re ready to show off whiter teeth and a brighter, more beautiful smile, call or request an appointment online today for professional teeth whitening.