Dental Teeth Whitening
Can I bleach my teeth?
Dental bleaching or teeth whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. Some food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by certain proteins. Products like coffee and tea, berries, red wine and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth become more porous and vulnerable to staining from food and abrasive substances such as some “tartar control” or “whitening” toothpastes. The darker, yellowish tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.
More and more people today are choosing teeth whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse. Some commercially available “teeth whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing extrinsic stains and making teeth slightly shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
Bleaching agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, intrinsic stains or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. Porcelain veneers may be more appropriate in this case.
The professional teeth whitening system customized by our office for you is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Done and maintained properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Maintenance includes being diligent with your continued care appointments and may include extra-strength fluoride products or amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP). Over-the-counter teeth whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely. The more effective, prescription strength products may be administered by dentists only, and are not sold over the counter.
Some stains are not superficial, and are discolored inside the tooth. These intrinsic stains are caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis, and are generally not considered to be reversible with dental teeth whitening products. Dr. Gordon will help determine the best dental services and your treatment options for you. Call our office today at 727-724-4227 to get started on a dazzling smile and a long term relationship dedicated to your oral health!