People generally think of teeth as being white. But tooth enamel can be many different shades. Over time, tooth enamel can change color or become stained. There are many reasons why teeth become discolored:
- Genetics - tooth color can run in the family
- Injury to the teeth
- Medicines, such as some antibiotics
- Tobacco use
- Contact with stain-causing food and drinks over time (such as berries, sauces, coffee, cola, black tea, and red wine)
- Getting too much fluoride while teeth are developing
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
The professional teeth whitening solutions at Melrose Family Dentistry will surely give you the long-lasting and bright smile you desire!