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Teeth Whitening in Austin
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 by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’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.
More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Some commercially available “teeth whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time 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. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.
Five Enemies of White Teeth That Should Be Avoided
1: Acne Medications that Use Tetracycline
For years, dermatologists have prescribed medications based on tetracycline to treat serious cases of acne. The medication is actually quite effective at doing this, but one of its main side effects is the yellowing of the teeth. While that might be bad enough, it is often the case that tetracycline dental staining requires special accommodations made by the dentist during whitening, as this type of staining goes below the surface of the tooth itself.
It might be a key part of the modern morning routine, but coffee is not a friend to white teeth. In fact, coffee is one of the key things that can stain the surface of teeth over the course of a person’s life. For proof, try brushing the teeth immediately after finishing a cup of coffee. Though the teeth don’t appear to be stained, toothpaste will turn brown. Consider a different morning beverage to maintain white teeth.
It’s long been known that smoking can cause serious damage to the teeth, and yellowing is probably the least serious type of this damage. Even so, it bears mentioning that even an “occasional” smoking habit can yellow the teeth and lead to significant surface staining.
4: High-Tannin Foods and Beverages
A glass of red wine each day can produce numerous healthy benefits, but it can also stain the teeth. Foods that are high in tannins, as red wine is, can stain teeth on the surface and give them a darker ivory appearance than they would normally have.
5: Colored Sodas
Brown carbonated beverages, like Coke and Pepsi, are the biggest perpetrators of surface staining. They also contribute a great deal to tooth decay and the breakdown of enamel, so it’s a good idea to avoid these drinks altogether for good, long-term dental health.
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Teeth Whitening Myths
As with any popular procedure, there are a number of misconceptions that sometimes scare consumers away from the whitening process. These misconceptions can be easily debunked, however, with just a bit of careful research. Among the misconceptions currently making the rounds, three stand out as the easiest to disprove.
1. Whitening Will Bleach the Whole Mouth
There is a common perception among consumers that a whitening procedure will also bleach veneers, fillings, crowns, and other dental work that has been done previously. This is not true. Only the actual teeth will be whitened; all other dental work will remain the exact same color that it was before the procedure began. To ensure that teeth “match” the other dental work that has been done after a whitening process, only an in-office procedure should be used.
2. The Chemicals Used are Dangerous
The primary chemical used in teeth whitening is carbamide peroxide, which breaks down in the mouth to become hydrogen peroxide during whitening. This is not an abrasive or toxic chemical, and it is certainly not dangerous to consumers pursuing whiter teeth.
3. Whitened Teeth Will Be White Forever
This is definitely not true. Even the most professional services can’t compensate for future yellowing of the teeth. With careful maintenance and an understanding of what causes tooth staining, though, it is easy to ensure that a whitening procedure lasts very long. Permanence, though, is simply not possible at this time.
Why choose Treaty Oak Dental for teeth whitening in Austin?
Whether it’s to combat years of coffee drinking, or the damaging effects of cigarette smoking and soda consumption, the teeth whitening process is a perfect solution for all types of consumers. In the end, the result will be a healthier smile and a greater feeling of self-confidence, and no one can argue with those results.
- Our Patient centered approach is focused on ensuring that every patient enjoys a positive and gentle dental care experience.
- Our wide-ranging service offerings, including Preventative Dentistry, makes us a one-stop destination for your dental care needs.
- Our commitment to providing affordable dental care for our patients by offering financing options and an innovative membership plan.
- Our technological capabilities bring the latest advances in dental care technology to benefit our patients.