Looking For Whiter Teeth?
One of the most common desires for patients has whiter teeth. When considering your options, consult your dentist to make sure you have all the facts and understand how they may affect your teeth and mouth.
Many people think the coloring of teeth is due to plaque or dirt. But a variety of factors can affect the color of your teeth, including food, drink, tobacco, age, injury, and medications. Understanding what is causing the discoloration is important to whiten your teeth properly.
Teeth whitening products use bleaches (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) to break stains into smaller pieces, which make them harder to see and make your teeth brighter. These bleaches do not work on all teeth, so it is essential to consult your dentist before any treatment. Whitening will not be effective on caps, veneers, crowns, fillings, or if the color is caused by medications or injury.