We all know that few people are born with perfect teeth. But that does not have to stop you from having a smile that looks its absolute best. When it comes to aging, the first thought is having a good wrinkle crème for our skin. But what about your teeth? Teeth are one of the first features that people see. Our teeth also change over the years. Teeth gradually take on imperfections and yellow stain that betray our age and make us look older than we really are.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, and red wine. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride (fluorosis) may also cause tooth discoloration.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe.
Thinking about having it done?
Remember, whitening should be done prior to the placement of composites, bonding, veneers, and crowns so they can be made to match your new tooth color. If you already have tooth-colored filling materials on your front teeth, they will stay the same color. Dental restorations do not change color by bleaching. New cosmetic procedures such as bonding or crowns should be delayed a minimum of two weeks after the whitening procedure, so that the new tooth shade has stabilized.