DENTAL SERVICES: Teeth Whitening
Deciding if Teeth Whitening is Right for You
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Even after years of paying attention to your dental hygiene, you may still be affected by yellowing teeth. This is a common problem that affects a large number of people. When it seems that brushing isn’t enough, it may be helpful to consider a procedure to return your teeth to their original whiteness, free of stains. But first, it’s important to consider the causes of yellowing and the procedure itself to ensure that tooth whitening can be as effective and safe as possible.
1. Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Though teeth discoloration can come as the result of lack of dental hygiene, there are also everyday dietary influences that can give even the best brusher a slightly yellow look. This includes common drinks such as coffee and black teas, or even some tannin-rich foods including soy, berries, and curries. As if this weren’t enough, there is a genetic aspect to yellowed teeth, and so even avoiding dietary and hygienic causes may not be enough. Because the causes of tooth discoloration are so common, it may be somewhat difficult to avoid developing yellowed teeth over the years.
2. Types of Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter tooth whitening has become popular in recent years, but if used incorrectly, these procedures can be ineffective. They can even have side effects like further tooth damage, tooth sensitivity, or even burned or bleached gums. Professional bleaching works on the enamel level and removes pigmentation as a result of dietary or hygienic discoloration, and is generally recommended due to the safety of the professional procedure compared to at-home techniques. AV Dental presents a number of special offers for a variety of procedures, as well as a team of experienced professionals to help you find the right techniques for you. This includes a free first exam to new patients, which can be a helpful way to get you started on the path to whiter teeth.
3. Is teeth whitening right for you?
Teeth whitening can increase confidence and allow you to focus on the important aspects of life instead of being self-conscious about your smile. However, though teeth whitening is a safe procedure, it may not be for everyone. It’s important to discuss the procedure with your dentist to ensure that your level of sensitivity, gum health, and genetics will allow for an effective and affordable procedure.