Goodman Dentistry provides teeth whitening to patients the Staten Island, New York area.
Many people associate professional teeth whitening with movie stars and brides – but in fact, it is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Stained or discolored teeth are very common among adults of all ages, and come from a variety of sources, such as coffee, red wine, soda, tea, tobacco and some medications. It can be tempting to brush more vigorously if you have stained teeth, but this can remove the enamel from your teeth, causing further discoloration and serious dental problems.
Whitening safely lightens the color of the teeth, and can last for up to five years. The most effective and safest method of tooth whitening is dentist-supervised. Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients. Consider tooth whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown or orange respond better to whitening. Gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline use can be lightened, but results are not as dramatic.
If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal (gum) disease or teeth with worn enamel, you may not be a good candidate for whitening.
Over-the-counter whitening kits typically take longer and don’t have prescription strength or the lasting effects of a professional teeth-whitening procedure. Consumers should exercise caution when using over-the-counter whitening kits and especially professional-strength bleaching materials that may be available over the Internet.
The key to a long lasting, bright, white smile is to have them whitened by a cosmetic dentist before discoloration becomes too severe.
Adapted from KnowYourTeeth.com.