Many people are self conscious about the color of their teeth. White teeth are attractive, and with the variety of options available, they are also attainable. The yellowing of your teeth comes from the outer enamel of the tooth forming very, very small cracks that allows the dentin (the inner layer of the tooth, which is a darker color) to show through. There are also many foods and drinks that can actually stain the enamel of the tooth, further causing discoloration. This can include coffee, smoking, red wine, sodas, etc. Surface stains to the teeth can easily be taken care of by regular dental hygiene visits, as well as over-the-counter or professional bleaching treatments. Stains coming from the inside of your teeth (the dentin) are harder to fix, and usually require professional treatment.
Many people wonder if the drugstore bleaching options are worth their money. In some cases, they really do work well, especially light staining. However, often the solutions are not strong enough for lasting results, so you will often have to reapply on a regular basis. Professional bleaching provides a tray custom-fitted to your teeth so that every inch of surface area is covered. The solutions are also stronger so your teeth look whiter for a longer period of time.
Having an attractive, white smile can change your life. It can give you the confidence you need to make a new friend, go after a promotion, or speak in public. People who smile more seem more approachable, which can be important in your social life and in your professional life. Our website discusses the science behind white teeth in further detail as well as some different professional whitening options to consider. Don’t hesitate to call us at 410-876-2096 with questions about individualized whitening options.