What Works and What Doesn’t Work with Teeth Whitening

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Given the drastic increase in internet access across the country, we see many people access online websites for information regarding various dental procedures. Unfortunately, there is no way to screen out what is released for public access. As a result, people release myths and false information about teeth whitening. These myths often come with many questions.

It is crucial that you are able to find information that can help you determine if teeth whitening is a good option for you. It important for you to understand what causes the color of teeth to change and what options are available.

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

What Works and What Doesn’t Work with Teeth WhiteningAlthough it is very true that teeth lose their pearly white shine as a result of exposure to dark drinks like coffee, tea, and sodas, this buildup can be easily removed by routinely brushing your teeth and visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, the most common cause of yellowing teeth lies below the surface.

Underneath the enamel is a yellowy core. This core is called dentin. As the enamel wears from grinding teeth, natural aging, and exposure to acidic food, the layer becomes closer to the surface. This gives your teeth a yellow appearance. Unfortunately for some, genetics has a strong influence on the thinning of your teeth.

Methods for Teeth Whitening

The American Dental Association states that there are two methods that can be used for teeth whitening. The first way to whiten your teeth is by using products that contain bleaching ingredients. These products change the color of the tooth by penetrating through the layers of the enamel. Once it reaches the dentin, it bleaches it, which lessens the yellow appearance.

The second method used for teeth whitening is far more abrasive. This method removes superficial stains present on top of the enamel and creates a bright and white appearance. This method is often considered controversial due to the fact that it can weaken the enamel and irritate the gums. Not only can this have negative consequences, but it can speed up the yellowing process for some.

Services we Provide for Patients

We at McBride Dental perform a variety of dental services for patients. One of our most valuable services is teeth whitening. Through professional teeth whitening at our clinic, patients can benefit from lightened stains associated with:

  • Natural aging
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Tea, wine, coffee, soda, and acid food exposure
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Illnesses
  • Medications
  • Fluorosis

In addition, our team is available to help determine the best treatment option and the length of treatment necessary to help you obtain your ideal smile aesthetic. Contact our team today to see what teeth whitening options are best for you.

Stop in to See How McBride Dental Can Help You

If you are interested in seeing how our team can help you, contact our dental professionals at McBride Dental in San Marcos at (760) 471-1003 to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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