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Causes of tooth discoloration
Many patients’ teeth are darker than they prefer. Many things contribute to a tooth’s color. We have no control over some factors. We all inherit a certain tooth color.
Other factors tend to make our teeth darker than they might be. Everyone’s teeth darken with age. This can be a real problem if there is one porcelain crown among natural teeth. The porcelain does not darken and after 15 to 20 years will look too light as the teeth next to it darken. Other things that tend to darken teeth include smoking, coffee, tea, dark soft drinks and some foods. Lack of good brushing and flossing can cause a green brown stain that can be impossible for us to remove. Another problem we sometimes see is an effect of a child being placed on an antibiotic called tetracycline. Tetracycline will cause the enamel that is forming while this medication is in the body to be stained gray to brown and can be quite a difficult problem as this stain is within the enamel of the tooth.
Teeth whitening is not effective on individuals with stained teeth as a result of certain medications, decalcification, or those who were born with grayish teeth. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women or children.
Whitening Trays (take home whitening)
There is a technique that is done primarily at home. We take impressions of your teeth in the office and make a thin clear plastic tray. You use whitening gel placed in the trays at home.
This technique is reported to work well with teeth that are stained due to age, smoking and foods and less well on tetracycline stain. The bleach can cause patients with sensitive teeth to become more sensitive. The sensitive will go away after completion of the whitening process.
The whitening process will only work on natural tooth structure. Crowns, bridges, veneers, and fillings will not change shades.
You will usually start to see results after whitening for several days. Being consistent with whitening will achieve the best results. Each individual has their own threshold for how white their teeth will get. Usually after whitening for a couple of weeks you will find that your teeth are not getting whiter. You can also stop whitening when you are happy with the shade of your teeth or you notice that the teeth are not getting any lighter. How long the whitening lasts will depend on each individual. Anything that you eat or drink that is dark pigmented which would stain a white shirt will also stain your teeth. These include but are not limited to: tea, coffee, red wine, soda, berries, and spaghetti sauce. Smoking will also stain your teeth. The more often that you do things to stain your teeth will indicate how quickly your teeth will need to be whitened. You can use the whitening gel as maintenance and touch up as needed.
The cost of the treatment is not covered by most insurance.
Sinational (in office whitening)
It’s best to have your teeth whitened immediately after your teeth have been professionally cleaned
The number of treatments necessary will vary based on your need and color preference. On-going whitening treatments may be repeated on a scheduled basis to maintain and rejuvenate your smile. Though most people will notice a big difference after only one treatment, additional treatments could be necessary to achieve the sparkling white teeth you desire.
The in-office portion of the whitening session will take about 20 minutes. This will jump start the whitening process but using the take home whitening pen will provide more results when used as directed.
The take home whitening pen will provide additional whitening. It is best to use this whitening pen consecutively with no more than 24 hours between uses. The pen contains about 60 whitening applications. The tip of the pen should just be saturated and then can be applied for a couple of whitening sessions before saturating again.
How long does it take?
Whitening durations vary from person to person. Certain food and drinks as well as other factors (i.e. tobacco, medications, age) can all affect the longevity of your results, especially if between visits you continue to use the whitening pen. This easy to use pen can be used anywhere and takes only a couple of minutes to help you keep your teeth looking their whitest. If you already have fairly white teeth or if you are whitening on a regular basis you will not see as much of a result because you are maintaining your color.
Who should consider teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is not for everyone. All whitening procedures work best on natural, healthy teeth and should not be used by people with poor oral health or anyone advised by their dentist not to have their teeth whitened. However, most people are good candidates for teeth whitening and do see substantial improvements in their teeth, even after one treatment. Some people have internal staining which will not be altered from bleaching.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Research has shown that when teeth are normal and healthy there are no apparent adverse effects on the tooth’s enamel.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Aging, smoking and the ingestion of dark pigmented food and drink such as coffee, tea, cola and red wine are the leading causes of tooth discoloration.
Are there any side effects?
Only a small percentage of people may experience a slight tingling sensation during treatment. This subsides once the teeth are rinsed.
Does teeth whitening work for everyone?
Teeth whitening is not effective on individuals with stained teeth as a result of certain medications, decalcification, or those who were born with grayish teeth. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women or children under 14.
Will teeth whitening affect my dental work?
Although Sinsational Smile will not whiten crowns, fillings, veneers or other dental work, the process does not adversely affect these structures.
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