There are a number of reasons why your teeth may dull and become stained over time. Aging causes some discoloration. As you age, your enamel begins to wear down. Your enamel consists of a hard outer layer that lies near the gum line.
The soft inner layer of your teeth known as dentin is less dense than enamel and has a natural, yellowish hue. When the enamel breaks down, the dentin begins to show through, giving your teeth an unsightly, stained appearance.
Shedia Mohammadizadeh DDS can restore the appearance of your smile at Orangecrest Family Dental Practice located in Riverside, California. Her expert care combined with professional-grade whitening treatments will whiten your teeth safely and rapidly, helping you regain your confidence.
Options for whitening
With so many treatments available that promise to rapidly take your teeth from dull and lackluster to pearly and white, it is difficult to discern which option is best. Dr. Mohammadizadeh can assist you in determining what option for treatment would be suitable for your needs and unique case.
Some reasons why your teeth might begin to lose their shine:
- Genetic predisposition (transparent enamels)
- Bad dental hygiene habits
- Consuming pigmented food and drinks
- Certain medications (like antihistamines)
In some cases, whitening won’t work because intrinsic stains cause discoloration. These stains happen as an antibiotic staining of the teeth. If you were exposed to medicines like tetracycline or doxycycline at an early age, while your enamel was still forming, your teeth may have suffered the consequences.
Do-it-yourself methods can be more cost-effective for those on a tight budget who are also looking for some guidance from a trained professional. This form of treatment uses a whitening solution available in bleaching trays that are designed to fit your smile perfectly. These trays also protect your gums from coming into contact with the bleaching agent. If you suffer from mild sensitivity, you might also request a whitening formula that is less powerful. You can wear the trays for 20 minutes to about an hour every day. Results should be noticeable within a few days and can last for a couple of years depending on how well you care for and maintain your teeth.
Treatments administered by Dr. Mohammadizadeh at the Orangecrest Family Dental facility tend to work quicker and more effectively than at-home whitening options. This method uses the same solution as at-home whitening kits, however, Dr. Mohammadizadeh will administer the solution and use a special light that allows it to soak into your teeth faster.
Dr. Mohammadizadeh will begin by conducting an oral examination and inquiring about your medical history. This will help determine if your teeth will react appropriately to the bleaching agent because in-office professionally applied whitening agents contain high levels of hydrogen peroxide. Once the doctor determines if the type of stains present on your teeth would benefit from whitening, she will begin the procedure.
Prior to treatment, your gums and oral cavities will be protected with either a gel solution or rubber shield that fits over the teeth. The whitening get will be directly applied to the teeth and used in combination with a special light that will speed up results. You will see results in as little as one 30- to 60- minute session. If you have severe discoloration, several appointments may be needed to achieve your desired results.
Whitening is not permanent and fades quickly if you expose your teeth to certain foods or drinks responsible for staining. Additionally, the degree of whiteness depends on the state of your teeth and severity of staining. You can maintain your results for a longer period of time with the help of regular touch-ups and proper care.
Why over-the-counter treatments aren’t as effective
Over-the-counter products typically use a bleaching agent that is not as effective and that can potentially be harmful. Because they don’t often contain a mouthpiece tray, you risk irritating soft gum tissue. Choosing a professional whitening session is paramount for people who have problematic teeth or suffer from sensitivity.
The most common risk associated with whitening is increased sensitivity and tissue irritation. These conditions are temporary, but can be avoided if you put your trust into or team of professionals at Orangecrest Family Dental Practice. Dr. Mohammadizadeh can help you achieve a brighter smile through safe and efficient treatment.
Book an appointment online, or contact our office today if you’re considering professional whitening treatments.