We have most or all of our adult teeth before we even become teenagers. Unlike the hair, skin, fingernails, and many other bodily tissues, teeth to not regrow or regenerate themselves. The teeth that you have when you become an adult are the teeth you will have for the rest of your life. Needless to say, it is vitally important that you take good care of them, and make an effort to preserve them. However, even with the best hygiene and dental care, your teeth will become darker.
Causes of discoloration
Teeth become discolored for several reasons, including:
- Stains from dark colored foods and beverages
- Tobacco use
- Tartar buildup
- Worn tooth enamel allowing the darker underlying dentin layer to show through
- Damage to the dental pulp darkening a tooth from the inside
- A failing mercury amalgam filling causing the surrounding tooth to turn dark gray
- Tetracycline antibiotics
What teeth whitening accomplishes
Whitening is not the answer in every case. If the stains are internal, they may not respond to whitening gels. In this situation, a porcelain veneer may be recommended, as it covers the tooth surface, and it can be as bright as you want it. It is important to understand that whitening, nor veneers, are appropriate for damaged, unhealthy teeth. Tartar, decay, gum disease, fractures, failing dental work, and similar concerns must be addressed.
Among individuals with healthy teeth, discoloration from external stains is one of the most common cosmetic complaints. Fortunately, it is also one of the most easily remedied. Zoom teeth whitening is a fast and efficient solution, using a light activated bleaching gel to whiten teeth up to eight shades in about an hour. The results are instant, and only one session is needed.
The results of whitening may last anywhere from several months to several years. This depends largely on your habits. The more staining agents your teeth are exposed to, and the longer those dark substances remain on your teeth, the faster they will darken. Excellent hygiene, rinsing with water if you can’t brush immediately and regular dental care can help keep your smile dazzlingly bright and radiantly healthy.
Learn more about how you can put the “white” back in your pearly whites. Call (862) 766-6363
and schedule a consultation at Aesthetic Smile Design.