Few things are more appealing than a bright, white smile, but your teeth can lose some of their brightness and gleam over time. Professional teeth whitening can help and is available at Sandi E. Silva, DDS, Inc. in Tustin, California. If you’re ready to boost the shade of your smile, call the office to set up a visit, or book online in just a matter of moments.
Numerous factors can cause or contribute to tooth discoloration, but the aging process is one of the most common. That’s because only the outermost layer of hard tooth tissue, called enamel, is naturally white in color.
As the years pass, some of your enamel naturally thins. This reveals more of the underlying layer of hard tissue called dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. Most people experience some degree of yellowing as they move through adulthood.
Additional causes of tooth discoloration include:
If you notice changes in the color of your teeth, professional teeth whitening can help.
Dr. Silva provides custom-fitted whitening trays and a powerful whitening gel.
You simply apply a thin line of the gel to the trays and place them over your teeth. After a period of time, you remove the trays and rinse your mouth. At-home whitening takes longer to achieve noticeable improvements, but you can choose the shade of your smile and stop whitening, then use any leftover gel to brighten your smile down the line.
Once you see your bright, white smile, you’ll want to extend those results for as long as possible. Embracing a solid dental hygiene routine is a great place to start.
If you enjoy foods and beverages known to stain teeth, you can try using a straw to reduce contact with the surface of your teeth. You might also try gently rinsing your mouth after enjoying foods that stain.
If you smoke or use tobacco products, try to find a cessation program that works for you. Tobacco use not only stains your teeth, but it also causes widespread dental and general health problems.
When you’re ready to explore teeth whitening further, book a visit at Sandi E. Silva, DDS, Inc. online or by phone.