Teeth Whitening Fort Lauderdale
Whitening procedures are used to help people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth to improve their appearance and restore their smiles.
Certain food particles and substances (especially coffee, tea, berries, soy sauce, and tobacco) are naturally attracted to the enamel of a tooth. As we age, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to such staining. When tooth enamel wears away, the darker underlying dentin is exposed. This can make teeth appear dull and stained. Worn enamel might be an effect of aging or of substances like caffeine and tobacco.
Thus, it is vitally important to keep brushing, flossing, rinsing, and coming in for regular dental appointments. Professional tooth cleaning can remove surface stains before they have a chance to become more resistant.
Another type of staining begins inside the teeth and can be caused by traumatic injuries, medications like tetracycline, or too much fluoride during teeth development. In these instances, since the staining is on the interior, tooth whitening procedures will not be very effective, and there are better options.
Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening
Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can lighten some stains and make teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
Commercially available and over-the-counter whitening agents can change the color of your teeth but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents do not do as good a job at removing brownish or grayish stains as they do at removing yellow stains. In addition, these products are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding, and tooth-colored fillings.
Professional whitening, as performed by our office, is considered to be the most effective and safest method of teeth whitening.
Evaluation by Your Dentist
If you are considering teeth whitening, it is important to have an evaluation of your teeth by a dentist. There are numerous causes of staining or discoloration of teeth, and there are different options, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. At Premier Smile Center, we will be able to help you find the best whitening procedure for your situation.
In the case of stains that don’t respond to bleaching, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate.
Thus, it is important to have a dental evaluation done before settling on a particular solution for stained or dark teeth. Give us a call to set up a free evaluation.
At Premier Smile Center, our in-office (chair-side) method of whitening is the Sapphire Whitening System.
Our take-home method is NiteWhite© ACP Turbo.