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Omid Barkhordar, DDS
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As we age, our teeth tend to become more yellow, grey, or discolored. This is a natural process, but other factors can contribute as well, making this discoloration even more pronounced. Different foods, beverages, tobacco, and even medications can cause our teeth to lose their whiteness.
Even the tone of your skin can affect how white, or not, your teeth appear. If your skin is darker, your teeth will appear brighter. Even though teeth are actually not white in their best condition, the process of making them so has become very popular over recent years.
There are many options for whitening teeth. You can purchase kits from the drugstore offering various results. The most powerful drugstore kits, however, are never as good as teeth whitening procedures done in a dental office.
Types of Whiteners
Over-the-counter whiteners generally come in one of two types: surface whiteners and bleaches.
Surface Whitening Products
These products work basically by removing surface stains with some type of abrasion component. They can be found in toothpastes and chewing gum. A positive aspect of these whiteners is that they generally do not cause excessive wear on teeth. Of course, they don’t go deeper than the surface, so if stains go deeper, these will only marginally work. It should be noted that whitening teeth should never be a substitute for a professional, regular cleaning.
Whitening products that mainly bleach teeth use hydrogen peroxide as a base. Some teeth are more responsive than others to bleaching. We can advise you as to whether bleaching will adequately whiten your teeth. This depends on what has caused the discoloration. Bleaching will not whiten crowns or other restorations that use bonding materials. Additionally, teeth won’t be whitened as much if they are deeply stained.
There are two main bleaching methods: vital bleaching and non-vital bleaching. Vital bleaching is used on teeth that are alive and have been discolored by foods, beverages, or tobacco, or have just gradually darkened with age.
Non-vital bleaching is used on teeth that are not alive, such as a tooth that has previously undergone a root canal. The pulp of the tooth was removed due to infection and replaced with a filling material. Non-vital bleaching involves injecting a bleaching agent into the pulp chamber, where it begins whitening from the inside out.
As one a respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Barkhordar will conduct an exam to determine which bleaching method is best for you. Depending on whether the procedure is done at home or in the dental office, bleaching can be accomplished by:
- Utilizing trays filled with whitening agents and placed over the teeth for a few hours
- Brushing bleach onto the teeth
- Using a toothpaste containing bleach.
Teeth whitening with bleach can cause teeth sensitivity as well as gum irritation. Therefore, it’s important when using a home-based system to do so carefully and follow directions. Bleaching is not a permanent solution, and needs to be redone periodically to maintain the desirable level of whiteness.
For the safest and most effective bleaching, in-house whitening is recommended.
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