We shall never know all the good that a simple SMILE can do – Mother Teresa
Smiles are an important part of life. They’re a greeting, expressive, and most often welcome. But, for those with yellow, or discolored teeth, they may often smile less, hiding their teeth and their feelings. Yellowing is natural and comes from a variety of reasons. It is normal for teeth to become more opaque or yellow with age. And, considering what we eat and drink, there are many influences for discoloration.
Lighten up, enjoy life, SMILE more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things – the Irish actor Sir Kenneth Branagh
Having played the self-loving professor, Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter films, Branagh should know about smiles.
SMILE in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life –Yoko Ono
Why Teeth Discolor, or Yellow
There are really a variety of reasons teeth start to discolor, or yellow. Excessive fluoride exposure can cause yellowing even in young children. Nicotine is a major cause of tooth discoloration in adults, whether from smoking cigarettes, or chewing on tobacco.
And, there are a lot of foods and beverages that cause discoloration as well. These include:
- Coffee – Sorry folks, we know a lot of you want to have that morning cup, but even that one cup every morning can contribute to discoloration, let alone several cups each day!
- Tea – Ah, that other morning beverage, be it black or brown teas, or green varieties, as well as herbals, they can cause discoloration, graying or yellowing.
- Soft drinks – There’s a lot of sugar in a soft drink, which is why many of us like them. But, their acidity is hard on teeth and lending the mouth to harmful bacteria. This is compounded with carbonation, which wears out tooth enamel allowing ease for staining.
- Candy – Along with other types of sweets, candy creates an acidity in your mouth tearing down the protective enamel of your teeth. This along with the tooth decay candy can also cause, makes it something that should be only considered as an occasional treat.
- Citrus fruit – We hate to ditz on citrus, as it has so many good qualities for your overall health. However, citrus is very acidic, which again weakens tooth enamel.
- Tomato sauce – Who knew? Yes, tomato sauce also has high acidic levels.
Lastly, teeth do naturally yellow with age. Why? The outer enamel of the tooth gets worn down in time. Dentin, the dense material below the enamel, is naturally yellow and now shows through. It should also be noted that some medications can have an effect on the coloration of the teeth, as well.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Having professional teeth whitening offers quicker and overall better results than general whitening products. Our dental office will discuss the procedures and cost with you before we start.
Here at Blue Ash Dental, we’ll ask you to come in first for a consultation. We’ll want to go over your dental history and analyze any whitening procedures, whether through a dental office or at home, which you have had in the past.
The American Dental Association recommends you have a regular checkup prior to a whitening procedure. We’d like to take care of that for you. Your dental health comes first. We’d like to have a look around, take x-rays, and take care of any cavities or other problems prior to whitening. This not only meets your health needs but also assures the maximum benefit from whitening.
The Whitening Procedure
Your teeth will be polished with pumice in order to remove any plaque buildup. We will line the areas around your teeth to keep the area dry while we work while limiting your gums, tongue, and cheeks to exposure to the whitening agent. Once the whitening solution is placed on your teeth, we use a light to help cure the solution.
Generally, it takes ½- to 1-hour for the whitening procedure to finish. We will monitor you closely. Once completed, we will rinse your mouth thoroughly and apply a fluoride solution to help alleviate any sensitivity.
After your treatment, we will offer advice on what foods and drink you should avoid for the next 24 hours. This procedure can be repeated depending upon the depth of whitening desired.
Here’s How to Keep Your Teeth White
- Brush your teeth not only about 30 minutes after each meal, but also 30 minutes after drinking those hot morning drinks, or soda.
- Rinse your mouth when you cannot brush, and choose warm water to do so. Make sure to swish the water all around, as productively as possible.
- Drink soda, or other sugary drinks, through a straw. This eliminates contact of the drink to the teeth.
- Routinely drink water. Water is good for oral hygiene as well as your overall health.
- Floss regularly and whenever possible after a meal. Bacteria which can cause cavities and discoloring stick to your teeth in areas only flossing will reach. When flossing isn’t possible, chew sugarless gum, even if only for a few minutes.
Check out Blue Ash Dental
Having professional teeth whitening helps bring that smile back, enhances self-esteem, and, well, makes one, overall, happier.
Dental whitening may be covered by your dental insurance, and it is certainly worth investigating. Dental and medical care cards may also offer payment options.
Here in Cincinnati, we tend to all of your dental needs. Dr. Detmer purchased the practice in 2010. He along with Dr. Shane, and Dr. Reynolds, each have years of experience in dental care and treatment, offering general dentistry, Solea laser, and cosmetic procedures.
Our newest addition is Dr. Sama Alkalaf, who comes from a family of dentists. Dr. Alkalaf earned her doctor of dental medicine degree from the esteemed Tufts University School of Dentistry.
Our additional staff is comprised of 15 trained and experienced staff to assist in your family’s dental needs.
With an increase in personnel and patients, we moved across the street to larger, more modern offices, and have acquired the latest-up-to-date equipment. Whether you are looking to have your teeth whitened, are having dental problems, haven’t had a check-up for a while, or simply are looking for a new dental office with a friendly, well-trained staff, give us a call today!