Teeth become discoloured over time for a number of reasons. As we age we tend to develop cracks in our teeth, they become less white, and stains start to appear. White teeth are generally associated with younger people and most of us want to have a smile that shows we are healthy, clean, and vibrant. However, as we get older the enamel on our teeth becomes thinner and they lose their lustre. This is due to a number of reasons such as:
The amount of abrasive in your toothpaste;
The amount of toothpaste used, the size of the toothbrush, the bristle size, and the frequency and force of brushing;
The acid in foods you eat;
Acid reflux, which has an erosive effect on the teeth;
Smoking and drinking dark liquids which will produce stains especially when there are cracks in the enamel;
Fluorosis, which is overexposure to fluoride in the early years of life.
Teeth are not normally white and they become less so over time. However, one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments today is tooth whitening since this improves how the teeth appear. If you don’t like the way your teeth look the best approach is to see Morrin Dental for a professional consultation to prevent problems.
If you are considering doing the treatment at home did you know that you could damage your teeth with too much whitening? There are several reasons why this occurs:
The use of a whitening mouthwash, which includes high alcohol content, can damage other parts of the mouth.
Tooth sensitivity and exposure to the roots, which is the result of pre-existing holes in the teeth that you may be unaware of.
Irritation or damage to the gums due to a long exposure time to the whitening agent.
A thorough cleaning and examination before you plan to whiten your teeth are advisable since having your teeth cleaned may be all you need to remove stains and improve your smile. We want to help you have a safe whitening experience. Our staff is friendly and experienced so contact us today and let us help you gain a whiter, brighter smile.