Have your pearly whites lost their shine because of dark and dingy stains?
Lucky for you, there are plenty of new ways to return them to their bright, gleaming luster without spending weeks and weeks on whitening treatments…
Some of these treatments work in as little as 60 minutes!
Why So Dingy?
Despite what tabloids and cosmetics companies tell you, teeth come in many shades and colors, and they’re almost never perfectly white. There can be several reasons for the color of your teeth, but here are a few possible ones:
- Aging, illness or injury: these factors can result in different types of tooth discoloration.
- Medication: certain meds, such as some antibiotics, can cause your teeth to look yellow and dull.
- Smoking & Tobacco Use: nicotine and tar can leave ugly gray stains on your teeth.
- Fluoride: too much exposure to fluoride in early childhood can result in stains and discoloration in adulthood.
- Certain Foods & Drinks: Tea, coffee, wine, berries, and other stain-producing foods and beverages will discolor your teeth when consumed over long periods of time.
Teeth Whitening at Hawaii Family Dental Centers
Ask your dentist about teeth whitening…Your teeth could be several shades lighter in just an hour!
Natural Teeth Only
Here’s the catch: tooth whitening only has an effect on your natural teeth. Be mindful if you’ve had prior work done on your teeth, such as-
- Partial dentures
If these restorations were made to match stained teeth, they’ll stick out like a particularly obvious sore thumb against your newly-whitened teeth.
On the flip side, if you’re planning on having any work done in the future, make sure you get your teeth whitened first… That way, the restorations will be made to match your whitened choppers instead of your dull, stained ones.
- After treatment, your teeth may be sensitive to heat and cold, and your gums may be sore and irritated…This should only last a few days, but if they go on for longer, make sure to go see your dentist!
Caring for your Pearly Whites
Here’s the second catch: newly-whitened teeth are super vulnerable to new stains. For a few days, try to stay away from smoking or foods and beverages that cause stains.
The longer you avoid them, the better your teeth will look. Don’t forget you give yourself a touch-up bleaching every now and then to keep your teeth from reverting to their dull pre-bleached look!
First Things First
Before you get any whitening treatments, make an appointment with your dentist. Give them a chance to diagnose and treat any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or any other oral problems before getting your whitening treatments, and get their advice on what would the best whitening treatment for you!