Even with the most diligent brushing, your teeth can lose their whiteness and luster. Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, Diplomate-ABDSM, at Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, offer the most up-to-date dental methods available in teeth whitening. If you’re ready to restore the sparkle to your smile, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Over time, teeth can become stained despite the best hygiene practices. Your teeth have four major components: pulp, cementum, dentin, and enamel. When a tooth becomes discolored, it’s usually because of dentin and enamel.
Enamel is the exterior surface of your tooth. It’s clear, hard, and designed to protect your tooth. Underneath the enamel is a yellowish interior called dentin. Dentin provides longevity to your tooth.
As you age, the enamel on your tooth becomes thinner. The thinner enamel makes the dentin more visible. Some medications, such as antihistamines and certain blood pressure medications, may also cause teeth discoloration.
When a tooth is injured, it produces more dentin, leading to changes in color. If your tooth is discolored, it’s either because your enamel is stained (extrinsic), or because the yellow of your dentin is more pronounced (intrinsic).
While aging, medication, and trauma to your teeth lead to structural changes in enamel and dentin, your enamel can be stained because of external factors as well. Tobacco use and certain food and beverages are common culprits.
Wine, tea, and coffee may be popular beverages, but they also contain the chromogen pigment. These pigments bond to the enamel of your teeth and lead to staining.
Professional teeth whitening with Zoom! performed by the team at Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry is considered to be the most effective and safest method. When done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years.
During your in-office treatment, Zoom! teeth whitening agents penetrate your enamel, and they react with the discolored molecules on your teeth. As the whitening agents spread, you’re left with whiter teeth and a brighter smile. And best of all, your treatment takes less than an hour.
The team may also provide you with take home whitening trays, which enable you to whiten your teeth on your own schedule and from the comfort of your home. Your whitening trays are pre-filled with a professional-strength bleaching solution that penetrates your enamel and breaks up stain-causing pigmentation.
You wear the trays on your teeth for a specified amount of time every day, and within weeks, you’ll have a noticeably brighter smile.
Your teeth are more than just functional tools — they’re also a significant component of your physical appearance.
Sharing your smile is an essential means of communication, but stains and discoloration on your teeth can leave you self-conscious and reluctant to open yourself up to others. Whitening your teeth is a quick, easy, and effective way to restore a sense of pride and confidence in your smile.
To learn more about teeth whitening, call Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.