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At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.
What's in Teeth Whitening Toothpaste?
All toothpastes work by using mild abrasives to help lift surface stains from your teeth. In the case of whitening toothpastes, added chemical agents that gently polish teeth further aid in the removal of stains.
Teeth whitening toothpastes do not contain any bleaching agent and will only help in the removal of stains from the surface of your teeth. Kits for teeth whitening purchased at your local drug store contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching compound) that will further help in the removal of surface stains as well as stains deep within your teeth.
Home Whitening Kits
However, home whitening kits will never produce the dramatic results achieved during a professional teeth whitening treatment done at our Dillon dental office. Whitening toothpastes will only lighten the color of your teeth by about one shade. In contrast, a professional teeth whitening kit provided by your dentist can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.
If you’re unsure which of these teeth whitening options will work best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the solution that fits your budget and provides the results you are looking for.
We know that it is important to our patients that their teeth that are not only healthy, but also beautiful. Many of our patients decide that the quickest way to a bright beautiful smile is by having a professional teeth-whitening treatment done in our office. Of course, having your teeth whitened at our Summit dental office requires you to invest both time and money, and you want to make sure that the results last as long as possible.
Recommendations to Extend Teeth Whitening
One of the best ways you can make your beautiful white teeth stay that way is to avoid certain foods and lifestyle habits that cause your teeth to become stained in the first place. For instance, nothing stains your teeth as severely as using tobacco. If you smoke, you already know the damage it does to your health. This alone is enough reason to stop smoking, and keeping your teeth bright and white is just another.
There is no reason for you to completely avoid food and beverages that stain your teeth. Some of these are red wine, tea, coffee, and cola drinks. If you want to go ahead and enjoy these foods, just remember that you can help avoid staining by brushing your teeth immediately afterwards.
Of course, oral hygiene has a tremendous impact on the whiteness of your teeth, so be sure to maintain good habits like brushing, flossing, and returning to our Summit dental office for regular professional cleanings.
There are many reasons why your teeth may have become stained or dull as you age. The fact is that everyone will experience some staining of their teeth as they get older.
Lifestyle Choice May Have an Impact on Your Teeth
However, lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the degree of staining that you experience. If you consume a lot of dark food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, and even dark berries, your teeth will stain more quickly.
Smoking and chewing tobacco don’t just wreak havoc on your physical health. Both can cause your teeth to become severely stained and possibly lead to oral cancer, among others. Our best advice to you if you smoke: Stop!
Why Do Teeth Stain?
The reason our teeth stain is that, as we age, the surface enamel of our teeth starts to erode. There are microscopic holes in tooth enamel and, along with erosion, these holes increase in size. Stain-producing food and drink finds their way into these holes, causing your teeth to darken over time.
Fortunately, teeth whitening is a very effective method for lifting stains from the surface of your teeth and brightening your smile. If you’re interested in transforming your smile with professional teeth whitening, please contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to help you decide which type of teeth whitening will suit you best.