Tooth whitening has effectively restored the smiles of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. The darker 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. Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth's enamel. Foods such as coffee, tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth because of the tannins in them. With age, teeth can actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances because of enamel wearing. One type of stain — caused by traumatic injuries, medications or fluorosis — actually begins inside the tooth, so brushing and flossing can’t help. Another type of stain — one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing — is caused by external factors such as foods and plaque.
More and more people today are choosing tooth whitening to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains. Some commercially available "whitening toothpastes" can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. Many of these products however have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth's enamel.
Teeth whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents take longer removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case).
Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. If you think tooth whitening can help you or if you have questions, call Smile Restorations at 979-846-1121 today for an exam and let Doctors Mogle and Jouett evaluate your overall oral health and explain what treatment options are available to you.