Many people can blame genetics for their yellowish teeth; while others can blame staining. Surface stain can accumulate from foods or drinks that you ingest every day. These can include substances that are caffeinated, acidic, or sugary; and could be anything from coffee and soda to chocolate.
Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes are designed to remove the surface stain from your enamel and leave the natural color of your teeth behind.
If you are uncomfortable with the color of your teeth, bleaching might be an answer for you. Your dentist gently applies the bleach to your teeth for about ten or twenty minutes, leaving your teeth much whiter in appearance than they have ever been. In order to keep your teeth as white as you wish, you can schedule regular bleaching appointments as long as you need.
Bleaching Isn’t for Everyone
Whitening techniques, such as bleaching, can vary per person. It is possible not to see any improvements after a teeth whitening treatment, while many might see dramatic results within minutes. As with many things, your bleaching results depend on your physiology. There are many people that are sensitive to hydrogen peroxide – the main ingredient of tooth bleaching agents – and experience effects ranging from hot and cold sensitivity and mild gum irritation to a burning sensation throughout the mouth. In this instance, it is important to discontinue bleaching and consider other alternatives, such as porcelain veneers.
For some avid bleach users, it is possible that the bleach will begin to eat away at your tooth enamel and expose the dentin, leaving your teeth exposed to further risks. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations when applying for teeth whitening with their cosmetic dentist.
A cosmetic dentist should always let you know of any potential risks involved with teeth bleaching before proceeding with treatment. If you are interested in learning more about teeth bleaching or wish to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Ken Siegel at (610) 272-0828 today.