Tooth whitening is a process through which the outer staining on teeth is removed and the internal portion of the tooth is also lightened for a brighter and whiter smile. Whitening is the most common and popular cosmetic procedure performed due to its dramatic effect on a person smile and ease of use. At Ferdos Family Dental, we offer safe and effective professional tooth whitening with a convenient custom tray and take home gel or an in-office application of tooth whitening. The process is simple, painless and will leave you smiling!
WHY DO TEETH STAIN?
Teeth stain as a result of staining on the surface of teeth called enamel and/or an actual change in the color of the inner layer of the tooth called dentin. Extrinsic or surface staining occurs when dark particles from food or drink accumulate into a film of protein that covers the surface of a tooth. Intrinsic or deep staining is caused by pigmented particles that work their way through the pores of teeth and cause yellowing of the internal portion of the tooth called dentin. Excessive fluoride use in children and certain medical conditions can also cause intrinsic staining. There are many reasons that teeth may become stained and yellow. This summarized list can help you identify stain causing agents:
Food & Drink: Coffee, tea, red wine, dark sodas, and even some fruits and vegetables are known causes of discolored teeth.
Tobacco: Both chewing tobacco and cigarettes can contribute to stained and yellow teeth.
Oral Care: Poor home dental hygiene, such as not brushing or flossing on a daily basis, can lead to tooth discoloration.
Trauma or Disease: Any illness, disease, or trauma that affects tooth development in children—either while the child is in the womb or as children under the age of 8 (while teeth are developing) can cause yellow or discolored teeth. Trauma to permanent adult teeth can also cause yellowing of the teeth as a result of nerve damage. In addition, there are a few diseases and disease treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, that can cause discolored teeth.
Age Related: Age-related yellowing of teeth is a combination of surface and deep tooth staining. Because the core dentin of your teeth naturally yellows over time, teeth appear more yellow with age. As we age, the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) becomes thinner, allowing the dentin to show through. The combination of all this results in our teeth becoming progressively more yellow as we age.
Ferdos Family Dental
The doctors and staff at Ferdos Family Dental are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care for our patients in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We treat each patient as if they are a family member and give you the special attention that you deserve. While there are numerous options for tooth whitening, both over-the-counter and professional, you can be certain that we use the highest quality materials and latest techniques to provide you with best dental care at an affordable price.
We are proud to offer our patients the Opalescence tooth whitening system in a convenient “take home” and/or “in office” treatment. Although professional tooth whitening is more of an initial investment as compared to store bought options, it will provide you with brighter, longer lasting results in addition to being much safer.
If you are ready for a brighter and whiter smile, contact our office today to schedule an appointment!