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Editorial Library Category: General Business | Dental | General Dentistry Topics: Dental, Teeth Whitening Title: Teeth Whitening Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: As you get older, the color of your teeth changes from the color you had when you were a child (which may have been an almost blue white) to an ivory or yellowy color. Your teeth can also become discolored because of other reasons. Editorial: Teeth Whitening 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 What Whitening Corrects As you get older, the color of your teeth changes from the color you had when you were a child (which may have been an almost blue white) to an ivory or yellowy color. Your teeth can also become discolored because of other reasons, including some of the following: The foods you eat, such as berries Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, or red wine Damage to the tooth Some antibiotics Small cracks in the tooth that are more susceptible to being stained When you eat or drink, you can end up essentially dying your teeth and making them darker over time because they absorb some of your meal, and the absorbed food or drink then forms organic composites. One meal doesn’t make a big difference, but over time your teeth can begin to get stained. Tooth whitening is temporary. If you want to slow down the staining process and put off tooth whitening, or if you want to keep your teeth looking white for a longer period of time, you may want to consider using a whitening toothpaste. How Whitening Is Done If you have a white shirt and it becomes stained, you bleach it. Tooth whitening is along the same lines. Dentists don’t use chlorine bleach on your teeth, but they do use carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. It’s a good idea to involve a dentist, because your teeth and gums need to be healthy first, but it is possible to buy over-the-counter products and do it yourself. However, be aware that having the help of a professional can be the difference between being successful and making things worse. Whitening someone’s teeth is complicated. It requires skill and experience. Some kits don’t have enough hydrogen peroxide, contain abrasive substances, or even have acid in them. Get professional help instead! When you go to a dentist, the dentist will examine you first to be sure that your mouth is healthy. The dentist will also want to determine what caused the stains to occur. Some stains are easier to remove than others, so a little bit of investigation will help your dentist decide what would be most effective for your particular case. It might be best to use custom trays that have bleach in them for about an hour a day over several weeks. Alternatively, the dentist might opt for a one-time, one-hour application of a gel whose bleaching properties are activated by a laser. If the dentist cannot remove the stain, or if you want to change the actual color of your teeth, the dentist may opt to cover the tooth with a veneer. Since whitening is a bleaching process, it doesn’t change the color of your teeth; it just makes the color lighter. It doesn’t work on anything other than real teeth, either, so if you have a stained veneer on your teeth, or you have crowns and dentures, you may have to either have the dentist clean them or replace them. The Emotional Benefits Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If there is something wrong with your teeth, chances are you feel self-conscious about even opening your mouth, never mind smiling. Having white teeth can help you feel good about your smile. Getting good dental care to correct the problems is a big part of becoming more confident about your appearance. It may seem like the color of your teeth is a little thing, but it makes a huge difference in how you feel about your looks. You can’t change your age, and you may not be able to change your weight, but teeth whitening is one small thing you can do so that when you meet someone new, or someone you haven’t seen for a long time, the first thing they’ll notice is your beautiful smile.
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