Advanced Teeth Whitening to Brighten Your Year
People have been whitening their teeth since at least the time of the Pharos when ancient Egyptians used a mixture of pumice stone and vinegar as a teeth-whitening agent. Those Egyptians were on the right track concerning teeth whitening, as many of today’s toothpaste brands promote whiteness with abrasive additives similar to pumice. The ancient Romans also whitened their teeth, though we don’t believe modern dentistry has adopted the mixture of urine and goat’s milk they used as a whitening agent.
Conversely, some ancient cultures in Southeast Asia, Japan, and South America blackened their teeth. While some of these cultures adopted the practice for aesthetic reasons, many also used the blackening agents as a sealant to prevent tooth decay. While modern dentistry hasn’t adopted this practice, teeth whitening is definitely a core component of today’s cosmetic dentistry.
In fact, you’ve probably wondered whether you should get your teeth whitened. If so, Marco Island, Florida dentist Dr. Jonathan Van Dyke will tell you that advanced teeth whitening can brighten your year. It will also boost your confidence and help you look your best for every special occasion.
Common Causes of Teeth Discoloration
While pearly whites are the gold standard of sorts for beautiful and healthy teeth, natural coloration of teeth varies among the population because of genetics. Sure, some people are born with those pearly whites, but one’s genetic makeup can make tooth color off-white, light grey, and even yellow. Discoloration is also a factor of aging, as over time, the tooth enamel wears down. This makes it easier for stains to adhere to and build-up on the teeth.
Of course, even absent natural aging, certain foods, drinks, and other substances can cause tooth staining. Brushing, flossing, and professional cleaning can help keep such staining at bay, but the stains eventually make their mark. Primary teeth-staining substances include:
- Red Wine
- Pasta Sauce
- Dark-colored juices
- Soy Sauce
Teeth discoloration can also be caused by plaque and tartar, while trauma to your teeth might cause the damaged area to turn darker. When injured, your teeth produce more dentin to help repair the damage. Dentin typically looks darker than the surrounding area.
Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth
Anything that makes you smile more is worthwhile, so having whiter and brighter teeth will undoubtedly make it easier for you to unleash your smile. Advanced teeth whitening gives you the whiter teeth that will make you smile more and boost your overall self-confidence.
The combination of a brighter smile and enhanced self-confidence can serve you well during your next job interview. Along with promoting your amicability, a healthy, bright smile imparts a sense of confidence, energy, and enthusiasm. All of which your interviewer will consider favorably. Teeth whitening is also a great way to help you look your best for upcoming special occasions, whether birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation or other notable events.
How Often Do Teeth Need to Be Re-Whitened?
Many people who consider professional teeth whitening are concerned that the results will not last long. They might get drawn into a routine in which they will need expensive teeth whitening treatments every few months. While some over-the-counter store-bought treatments provide results with limited duration, professional teeth whitening treatments offered by dentists can last for up to three years.
The longevity of teeth whitening treatments depends on several factors, such as the type and concentration of whitening agent used and lifestyle habits. To ensure the longest-lasting results, you’ll want to start with the most potent whitening possible. Once whitened, it’s up to you to practice excellent oral health routines. Do this by daily brushing and flossing and six-month minimum dental cleanings. Additionally, the continued consumption of stain-causing substances will limit the longevity of teeth whitening unless you get in the habit of immediately brushing after consuming problem substances, at the very least, you should consider rinsing with water after you consume them.
Get Your Teeth Whitened at Island Tower Dentistry
Dr. Van Dyke offers his Southwest Florida-area patients several advanced teeth whitening treatment options. He can customize a teeth whitening treatment plan to restore your smile and ensure effective long-lasting results. To learn more, contact Island Tower Dentistry today at 239-394-1004.