November 22, 2018
When you look in the mirror, have you noticed your smile has lost its luster? Is tooth discoloration causing you to feel insecure about your appearance? You do not need to live with the results. When over-the-counter products fail to give you the improvement you want, it is time to see your cosmetic dentist in Plano for a professional whitening treatment. Depending on the cause of your stains, your teeth can become several shades whiter after just one appointment.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Your teeth are composed of three layers. The hard layer you see is called your enamel, which protects your inner layers. Underneath it is the dentin. It has a yellowish hue and contains tiny tubes connecting to the inner layer, called the pulp.
When your teeth are exposed to certain substances, like tobacco, or you do not maintain your oral hygiene, your enamel will stain. As you age, your enamel naturally becomes thinner, causing more of your dentin to be exposed, which is why your teeth appear yellow as you age. In some cases, discoloration may be caused by a larger underlying factor. Determining the cause determines if you are a candidate for teeth whitening in Plano.
Types of Discoloration
Extrinsic: Occurs when the enamel becomes stained and can be improved with whitening treatments.
Intrinsic: Stains are due to darkening of the dentin, such as from tetracycline antibiotics, too much fluoride, or trauma. This type of discoloration may not respond well to whitening treatments.
Age-Related: A combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors cause of the problem. Whitening treatments can help to reduce the appearance of discoloration and stains.
Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Your dentist performs a comprehensive consultation to determine the cause of the problem. If it is age-related or extrinsic, you are often a candidate; however, you must have good oral health.
How Can I Treat Tooth Discoloration?
Your dentist can get your teeth 8 to 10 shades whiter after just one whitening treatment. A special barrier protects your lips and gums to prevent any irritation before applying a specially formulated whitening agent to your teeth. The gel is designed to help condition your teeth during the process to minimize tooth sensitivity. A light is used to activate the whitening properties in the gel to break up the stains. The light is used in 15-minute intervals to revamp your smile.
With the right aftercare, your new smile can stay bright for several years. To maintain your results, it is best to:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss every night.
- Limit your consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks.
- Do not use tobacco or smoke.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Get a Bright Smile Today!
You do not need to feel defeated by tooth discoloration. Your dentist can turn back the hands of time with a whitening treatment.
About Dr. Robert Weygandt
Dr. Robert Weygandt is committed to creating healthy, confident smiles. Besides general dentistry, he also provides cosmetic services. Contact our office today to see if you are a candidate for teeth whitening.
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