Can discolored teeth be whitened?
Are you frustrated by teeth that look gray or yellow? Do you try to smile with your mouth closed or pull back when you laugh so that other people don’t see your teeth? Tooth discoloration is a problem for millions of Americans, and it can cause anything from simple embarrassment to even a loss of work opportunities. A dental routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist twice a year will go a long way in keeping your teeth looking good.
However, for some people, it still won’t be enough to prevent discoloration. There are other factors that can determine how white and clean-looking a person’s teeth are. Fortunately, there are techniques such as Zoom Whitening that can return the natural luster to your teeth and let you feel comfortable and confident again.
What are the causes of discolored teeth?
There are several things that cause discoloration of your teeth. Probably the most common are food and drink. Many of the things we consume can stain your teeth. You’ve probably noticed your teeth looking stained after consuming red wine, or when you’ve had coffee. If consumed too often your teeth can start to noticeably change color, leaving you embarrassed and feeling vulnerable. There are even healthier foods such as potatoes and apples that can stain your teeth.
Tobacco use is a big factor as well. Along with being terrible for your heart and overall health, smoking can leave your teeth looking yellow and dark in certain spots.
Does dental hygiene affect tooth color?
We all know that eating too much of certain foods can leave you with cavities if you are not careful, but it can also leave your teeth looking stained and lifeless. It’s important that you brush regularly to remove plaque from the teeth along with other substances that have been proven to stain teeth, such as coffee and tobacco. Along with brushing and flossing, make sure to rinse your mouth out with an antiseptic mouthwash.
What medical conditions cause tooth decay?
Most people probably don’t think of disease as being a factor when it comes to stained teeth. However, there are several medical conditions that can damage the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The enamel is the outer layer of the tooth. It is hard and protects the dentin. The dentin is what is underneath the enamel. Treatments such as radio and chemotherapy are particularly bad for teeth discoloration. They can cause the enamel to weaken, which makes the dentin underneath show through. Pregnant mothers who get infected by certain diseases can pass on a rare condition to their child called dentinogenesis imperfecta, which leads to the development of gray or even purple teeth over time.
What medications cause teeth discoloration?
There are certain antibiotics that can cause tooth discoloration for children. Tetracycline and doxycycline are the main culprits when administered to children younger than 8 years old. At that age, the teeth are still developing. There are also several antipsychotic drugs that can cause discoloration, and drugs that are used to treat high blood pressure.
Do teeth discolor with age?
Aging is a major cause of discoloration. This is because as we age, the enamel on our teeth starts to wear down. This thins out the enamel, which starts to reveal the dentin underneath. The dentin gets yellower over time, so teeth can appear yellow with age.
What causes tooth discoloration after trauma?
Teeth can get damaged, which can lead to discoloration. This is especially common when children injure themselves, often through falling. As a result they experience trauma to a developing tooth or teeth. Teeth that are injured at that stage may never regain their natural color. Trauma can also cause bleeding inside the tooth, which can show through the enamel. This can also be permanent since the blood will simply remain there unless the tooth is removed.
Does fluoride cause tooth discoloration?
Strangely enough, a substance that is good for your teeth can actually be bad for your teeth if you use too much of it. Fluoride is in the water supply of most municipalities and helps protect teeth from decay. Sometimes there is an error in the fluoride level of public water, or people use too much fluoride toothpaste and supplements. Too much fluoride will cause discoloration of the teeth, especially in children. Make sure to talk to your dentist about how much is too much fluoride.
Prevention of Tooth Discoloration
Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent tooth discoloration. Mostly it requires a change to certain habits. For instance, make sure to brush your teeth as soon as possible after every meal. This will not just keep your mouth, gums, and teeth healthy, but it will also wash away any food or drink that can set in and stain your teeth. Quitting smoking can also protect your teeth from discoloring even further. Children should also not be exposed to too much fluoride, especially before they hit their teen years. If the enamel is fully developed, then the fluoride will not damage the teeth. Of course, you should also be visiting your dental hygienist twice a year for cleanings.
What are the benefits of teeth whitening?
Some people might be reading this and thinking that they don’t really care about having stained or discolored teeth. That might be their prerogative, but the fact is there are several benefits to having whiter teeth and using tooth whitening treatments like Zoom Whitening to get them. While aging can cause teeth to look darker or yellower, white teeth can make a person look younger. People who have discolored teeth tend to smile less, or at least smile less brightly since they hide their teeth. Studies show that people with big, open smiles are more likely to be thought of as younger. This is a great thing for people who want a younger-looking face and don’t like the thought of having injections to achieve it. Besides, even if you have wrinkles, everyone will be too busy noticing your beaming smile to see them.
A smile is also a way to project confidence and competence. If your smile is reserved, much like with handshakes, you will give off a less than confident vibe. When your teeth are white, you don’t have to be embarrassed about your smile, and you will feel and act more attractive.
Whether it’s your diet, your medications, trauma, or any of the other causes mentioned above, stained and discolored teeth can happen to anyone. That does not mean that someone with stained teeth cannot get them white again. There are several options for whitening teeth, but Zoom whitening might be the best of all of them.
What is Zoom whitening treatment?
Zoom whitening has become one of the most popular teeth whitening treatments available, for many reasons. One of the main ones is that the results are immediate and long-lasting. With other tooth whitening options, they may take weeks or even months to yield results. They often require you to put in a lot of effort, such as putting a product in your mouth every day or using a special brushing technique or toothpaste. Zoom whitening requires much less of a commitment, and you can have a new smile within days, as opposed to within weeks.
How does Zoom whitening work?
The best thing about Zoom whitening is that it is all done quickly with a specialist, so you can be sure that it is done properly. You don’t have to worry about making any mistakes yourself, or missing a treatment. The first thing that will happen when you go for your treatment is that your lips and gums will be protected by a shield to avoid them getting bleached in the process. Then, a whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. The technician will apply the gel three to four times for a stretch of 15 minutes each.
This gel is formulated with hydrogen peroxide, which has bleaching properties. Special lighting is also used to help the gel penetrate the enamel and emit oxygen into the dentin. This is what causes the bleaching action and whitens the teeth.
Your teeth might be sensitive after the treatment, which could last anywhere between 12 to 24 hours. Dr. Kate Brayman will also give you some products to help you keep up the whitening at home for a short period of time.
After the Zoom whitening treatment, you will not be able to eat and drink certain foods for up to 72 hours as it can interfere with the whitening process. Before you go for your treatment, most specialists will recommend that you get your teeth cleaned professionally. The cleaner your teeth are before the treatment, the better your results will be.
The Zoom whitening process only takes a little more than an hour. The preparation takes only a few minutes, and the procedure itself is a full hour. During that time, there is little to no discomfort, other than the teeth feeling cold from the gel.
How long does the Zoom whitening last?
The results from Zoom whitening can last between one to four years.
However, how long and and vibrant the results last after treatment ultimately depend on you. If your daily habits are staining your teeth, such as eating certain foods or smoking, then it can also ruin your teeth whitening as well. You need to make sure that you keep up with good brushing and flossing habits, and visit your dentist twice a year.
Zoom whitening aftercare
Make sure to follow any instructions provided by your dentist, and make use of the touch-up kit provided as well. And sit back and enjoy your beautiful new smile.
Zoom Whitening Home Products
Part of the convenience of Zoom whitening is that it can be done in one treatment at the dentist. However, there is another option for those who find it more convenient to stay home. The Zoom home kit can give you results that are similar to the treatment in the clinic.
The downside is that it takes several treatments to achieve those results. You will have to consult with your dentist for the exact number of treatments, but in general, each application takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you can be disciplined enough to do the application on your own at the right times, then this might be a solution for you if you do not want to go to an office. For the best results, you absolutely must follow the instructions and guidance from your dentist. If you don’t, then you may be left unsatisfied with the results.
Zoom whitening gel is designed to bleach the enamel of your teeth. That’s why it is not useful for whitening other materials, such as crowns and cavities. If you need crowns or fillings, then make sure to get your whitening treatment first. That way, the dentist can match the color of the crown or filling to your new tooth color. If you are unsure if the whitening will look acceptable with your dental work, then consult with your dentist and ask questions. It is always best to consult with your dentist if you are unsure of anything related to the procedure. You will feel much more at ease having the answers needed to move forward.
There are many teeth whitening options out there. They all have their advantages, whether it’s permanence, cost, simplicity, or final results. Zoom whitening provides an affordable way to whiten your teeth quickly with long-lasting results.
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