Brushing and flossing are everyday tasks we all do to keep our teeth bright. If you are still feeling like you lack that sparkling white smile, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 90% of Americans are interested in teeth whitening and are asking for these services. If you’re thinking about whitening your teeth, here are some facts that you should know before making that decision.
Why do your teeth change from a bright white to a yellowish color?
There are many factors that can cause your teeth to change colors. Here are the 4 main causes of tooth discoloration:
1. Food and drink
Tea, coffee, and red wine are the major culprits of shining teeth. They all have intense color pigments known as Chromogens that attaches to the enamel of your teeth causing discoloration.
2. Tobacco use
Tar and Nicotine are the chemicals which are found in tobacco that create stubborn stains. Tar is usually dark and nicotine is colorless until it gets mixed with oxygen. That’s when it turns into a yellowish substance that sticks to your teeth.
Right below the hard and white outer shell (enamel), there is a soft layer, which is known as dentin. Over time, the outer layer becomes thinner with brushing causing a yellowish color to show through giving you the appearance of yellow or darker teeth.
Medications like antihistamines, anti psychotics and high blood pressure medications have an unusual side effect of darkening teeth. There are a number of antibiotics that are not recommended for use during pregnancy, as they can cause damage to the teeth of the unborn baby. Chemotherapy and neck radiation has also been known to darken teeth.
Irving, Texas dentist, Dr. Kimberly Harper recommends you seek professional services when whitening your teeth. Using DIYs like baking soda and charcoal powder can lead to damage of the enamel of your teeth and possible irritation of the gums. That’s why you should prefer a professional dentist with a good amount of experience.
For detailed knowledge regarding teeth whitening, you can contact Dr. Kimberly Harper. Here at Smiles of Irving, we will answer all of your questions and help you determine the best whitening treatment for you!