Why are my teeth yellow and dull?
Teeth naturally turn yellow and become dull as you get older. Over the years, your enamel wears away, revealing the dentin beneath. Dentin is naturally yellow, so the more visible it becomes, the more discolored your teeth appear.
Other factors that can contribute to tooth stains include:
- Tobacco use
- Eating tomato-based foods like pasta sauce and curry
- Drinking beverages with tannins, including coffee and red wine
- Taking medication with tetracycline
- Poor oral hygiene
You might also develop brown or discolored teeth if you get hit in the mouth or experience another type of oral trauma.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry that uses FDA-approved solutions to remove stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth.
Most products that are currently available use carbamide peroxide, a harmless byproduct of hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide can safely cut through stains without damaging your gums, tongue, or surrounding tissues. It provides long-lasting results that are easy to maintain.
What are the types of teeth whitening?
At the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA, the team offers several types of teeth whitening, including:
In-office teeth whitening
In-office teeth whitening can make your teeth up to eight* shades brighter in under an hour. During treatment, the team applies a whitening solution to your teeth and lets it rest for 15-20 minutes. They then point a special blue light at your teeth that activates a bleaching reaction, transforming your smile.
At-home teeth whitening
If you want to whiten your teeth at home, consider a take-home kit. Each take-home kit contains a syringe, a bottle of bleaching solution, and two plastic mouthpieces.
You transfer the bleaching solution to the mouthpieces with the syringe and wear them for several hours at a time, whenever is most convenient. Gradually, the bleaching solution brightens your teeth and smile.
Combined teeth whitening
To achieve the best possible results from teeth whitening, the team recommends a combination of in-office and take-home treatments. Following an oral exam and review of your dental health history, the team can develop a whitening routine that aligns with your budget and goals.
How do I extend the results of teeth whitening?
To extend the results of your teeth whitening treatment, practice good oral hygiene. The team at the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA recommends brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office at least twice a year for an oral exam and cleaning.
In addition, avoid bad habits like smoking or using chewing tobacco. If you drink beverages like coffee or cola, use a straw.
To transform your smile with teeth whitening, request a consultation at the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a member of the staff today.