Everyone knows that the best way to keep your teeth shiny and bright is to brush and floss on a daily basis. However, many people also see that they will need a little bit more help in this area – which is why teeth whitening solutions are becoming more and more popular these days.

Why do you still get discolored teeth despite your best efforts? There are several culprits that you can pinpoint. One, food and drink are major culprits when it comes to stains that appear on your teeth. This is because of the color pigments that end up attaching to the enamel of your teeth. Two, tobacco users will find that the tar and nicotine in their cigarettes will turn their teeth yellow. Tar itself is naturally dark, while nicotine will turn yellowish when it gets mixed with oxygen. Three, some mouth trauma may also cause teeth to turn a shade darker if it gets hit and reacts to injuries (a result of dentin being layered down, which is a significantly darker layer found right under the enamel). And four, age is a contributor to teeth yellowing because the outer enamel becomes thinner due to brushing and the yellowish dentin starts to show through.

If you find yourself nodding to these, teeth whitening may be for you. While the results will differ from person to person, teeth whitening will still do a lot to improve the current hue of your teeth. Here are some common options:

  • Whitening toothpaste: removes surface stains through mild abrasives that work to scrub your teeth.
  • Chairside bleaching: a procedure where bleach is applied to your teeth and a special laser is used in order to enhance the whitening agent’s action.
  • Peroxide bleaching kits: typically comes in gel form that you squeeze out on a tray and fit on your teeth. It can also be in the form of whitening strips that are stuck to your teeth for some time.

So, which teeth whitening option are you looking at?

If you need help in choosing the best teeth whitening option, call our office at (734) 421-2675.