Why do teeth get stained?
Any of many reasons can cause your teeth to get stained over a period of time. If you understand these, maybe you can delay the discoloring of your beautiful teeth. Most important among the modern causes are smoking and drinking, both non-essential activities. Excessive drinking of tea and coffee is also a reason. Hereditary tendencies also exist among some people which cause their teeth to pale. Prolonged use of some antibiotics has also been noted as a reason for teeth getting stained. A growing cause of teeth discoloration in developing countries is lack of good oral and general hygiene and gastric acidity due to various changes in lifestyle and food intake.
How to prevent discoloration of teeth?
It is obvious that most of the causes listed above are to a great extent within one’s own control. The following measures are pointed out to avoid or delay paleness of teeth:
- Observe strict oral hygiene
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Eat a healthy diet and develop healthy physical habits to avoid acidity
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to make stained or discolored teeth whiter by removing stains and discoloration. Teeth whitening is best done at the dental office by a qualified dentist. It could also be performed at home independently; in which case it is known as at-home teeth whitening. Various over the counter products are available in the market to suit budget, convenience, and taste. Teeth whitening is certainly not a one-time activity. It will need to be repeated periodically. The frequency will depend on life style, hygiene habits, and various other factors. The active ingredient is almost always a bleaching compound which releases hydrogen peroxide, such as carbamide peroxide.
Who should not get teeth whitening?
All people above the age of eight years can have their teeth whitened or whiten their teeth at home, with the exceptions below:
- People with already sensitive teeth
- People with cavities in their teeth
- Pregnant women
- Breast feeding women
- Children under eight years of age
What about Home teeth whitening?
Home whitening is done normally by using special trays to fit over your teeth. Chemical in the form of gel or paste is placed in the trays and the trays worn on the teeth. The trays are worn for one or two hours daily for two to three weeks. Care needs to be practiced in using these products because the peroxide can bleach the surrounding tissue also. Two types of trays can be used for home whitening. Custom made trays are provided by the dentist. The Dentist makes an impression of your teeth and prepares trays which exactly fit over them. This reduces chances of the bleach leaking around onto the gums and damaging them.
The trays which accompany off the shelf whitening products will not exactly fit over your teeth but will be less expensive. Greater care must be taken to avoid the chemical leaking over to the gums. The chemical used in home whitening products is relatively weaker compared to that used by the dentists to reduce chances of damage by chance.
Cheaper home whitening products are available. These could be whitening tooth pastes and whitening strips, etc. However, it is advisable that you must first consult Dr. Samant at Smart Smile Dentistry before opting for any domestic whitening kit, so that you achieve the best results out of your in-home whitening procedure.
How do you compare home whitening with professional whitening?
A professional whitening is performed by a trained and licensed professional. It is much safer, and faster with predictable results. Further, better results are obtained in much shorter time. The dentist knows who will benefit from whitening process and who should not try it. Of course, professional whitening will be more expensive than whitening your teeth at home. But the time saved, quality of the result and the safety will more than offset the extra cost.
Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?
None, except that with repeated action of the bleach in some people the teeth may tend to become sensitive. This more likely in patients with enamel deficient teeth.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe for a Discolored Tooth After Root Canal Treatment?
Yes, professional teeth whitening treatments offered at Smart Smile Dentistry are generally safe. Under the guidance of Dr. Samant, her skilled team members use controlled concentrations of bleaching agents to ensure both effective and safe treatment. They take special care to protect your gums and mouth during the procedure. It's important to discuss your dental history and any sensitivities with the team beforehand, as individual responses to whitening treatments can vary. Smart Smile Dentistry is committed to providing safe, professional teeth whitening services tailored to each patient's unique needs.