If your teeth are losing their color and shine, there are things you can do to help restore your smile.
Your local supermarket or drugstore carries whitening toothpastes which work by using abrasives to whiten teeth. They are inexpensive and easy to find—just look for the ADA Seal of acceptance on the label—but they don’t change the actual color of your tooth, they just remove stains on the tooth enamel.
Our dentist, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid can also give you tooth whitening materials to take home and apply yourself. The bleach is not as strong as one used in-office but is still more effective than treatments you will find outside of the dental office.
Not-surprisingly, the most effective whitening treatments are found in our dentist’s office! “Chairside bleaching” can be done in only one visit and all you need to do is sit and wait comfortably in the dental chair while we apply the whitening gel onto your teeth. When you leave your teeth will be their absolute whitest!
Do you ever wonder why your teeth are losing their color? There are various causes which can affect the whiteness of your teeth:
Medications for blood pressure, certain antihistamines and some antidepressants can cause tooth darkening as an unfortunate side effect. Tetracycline and doxycycline (antibiotics) darkens teeth in babies so their teeth become yellowed.
Your favorite cup of morning coffee, tea, and even your evening drink of wine can darken teeth because of chromogens (color pigments) which stain teeth by attaching to the tooth enamel.
If you have had an injury to your mouth through sports or an accident, your teeth can darken as the injured tooth reacts to by creating more dentin, which is darker and yellower than your normal tooth color.
If you are a regular tobacco user, either by smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes or from chewing tobacco, your teeth are exposed to the staining power of tar and nicotine, turning your tooth enamel an unpleasant yellowish brown.
Even time can be unkind to your pearly whites. Tooth enamel thins with age, exposing the darker dentin layer underneath. Tooth brushing also wears down your tooth enamel so it may help to use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Modern advances in dentistry have made it easy and convenient to restore your smile. Tooth-whitening is perhaps the most simple tooth restorative available. Call our team at 973.635.9456 if you need help restoring your pearly whites!