The winter holidays are here, and that means friends, family and photo ops. But what happens when your smile isn’t quite as dazzling as the bright lights and tinsel of the season? You may not have the time or budget for a full-mouth reconstruction before the new year, but there’s still plenty you can do to make your teeth look whiter and healthier on a tight schedule - and budget!
We all want a whiter, brighter smile, and thanks to a multitude of products on the market, it’s now easier and more affordable than ever. But how much is too much when it comes to a white, healthy smile? Is it possible for teeth to be "too white," and are all those over-the-counter whitening products really safe?
Self-brushing toothbrushes. Waterpiks. UV teeth-whitening lights. With so many oral health innovations on the marketing – and so many more coming out each year - it can be overwhelming to consumers to know which products work, and which ones just aren't worth the investment. After all, why spend $200 on a whitening kit if it’s no more effective than your $4 whitening toothpaste? Here, we'll go over some of the more popular at-home products to help you decide which ones to buy.
Teeth whitening is by far the most popular cosmetic dental treatment sought out by people looking to improve their smiles. Dr. Martin Abelar offers in-office laser whitening treatments as well as at home bleaching kits with custom bleaching trays.
To best protect their investment in teeth whitening, it is important for patients to understand the three kinds of teeth discoloration so that they can change their habits to stave off further discoloration.
Extrinsic Tooth Discoloration is the most well-known type of discoloration. Extrinsic tooth discoloration is when the outer layer of the teeth gets stained by repeated exposure to cigarette smoking, red wine, coffee, tea, and dark colored soda. Minimizing consumption of these substances and brushing immediately after drinking or smoking can help slow or prevent this kind of staining.
Intrinsic Tooth Discoloration occurs when the inner layer of the teeth (the dentin) takes on a yellowish tone. This can be the result to too much fluoride exposure at a young age, internal bleeding of the tooth or birth defects. The dental patient has less control over these variables, but knowing if you have this type of tooth discoloration can be indicative of what kind of results can be achieved through teeth whitening efforts.
Age-related Tooth Discoloration is the result of both extrinsic and intrinsic tooth discoloration over time. With age the teeth enamel gets thinner and yellower naturally causing the yellow dentin to show through.
Teeth whitening is a process that bleaches the outer layer of the teeth, and results will vary depending upon the type and severity of discoloration the patient has. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Abelar, contact our office at 858-866-9692.