When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. As a result, it’s no surprise that around 90% of cosmetic dentistry patients request professional teeth whitening—more than any other procedure.
Why Did My Teeth Change Color?
There are a number of different reasons teeth become stained or yellow.
Age: The enamel in our teeth becomes less porous as we become older, which can lead to tooth darkening.
Food and drink: If you regularly drink coffee, tea, cola, or red wine, your teeth may become stained. Some pigmented foods such as beets, tomato sauces, or berries can also discolor teeth.
Tobacco use: Particle buildup from nicotine and tobacco can cause yellowed or even brown teeth. This applies whether you smoke or use chewing tobacco.
Medications: Some antihistamines, antipsychotics, and blood pressure medications can cause tooth darkening, as can chemotherapy and exposure to certain antibiotics before birth.
Trauma: Any accident that impacts your tooth can cause it to darken because of decreased blood flow.
Why Should I Get Professional Teeth Whitening?
You may be familiar with over-the-counter teeth whitening products that don’t require you to see a dentist, such as whitening toothpastes, strips, or trays.
However, professional whitening methods offer the fastest results while protecting your gums and teeth better than other whitening products. In fact, with professional in-office teeth whitening, you can lighten your teeth three to eight shades in just a single appointment.
How Long Does the Whitening Process Take?
With in-office teeth whitening, you can lighten your teeth three to eight shades in just a single appointment.
At-home whitening treatments will take slightly longer, but using the trays prepared by Dr. Giraldo, you can expect to get the desired results in 5 days.
Our in-office and take-home teeth whitening procedures both rely on oxidizing agents.
If you’re ready to brighten your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrea Giraldo to learn more about the whitening treatments we offer.
Routine dental care is a key component of good health. To take control of your oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrea Giraldo.