Is Whitening Safe for Your Teeth?

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Many of our patients are concerned about teeth discoloration and wonder if teeth whitening is safe. We’re here to give you information on how to safely and effectively achieve a dramatically whiter smile so you can look and feel your best!

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Extrinsic Stains
One reason teeth are susceptible to staining is because the enamel, or the outer protective layer of teeth, can take on the dark hue of drinks like wine, soda, tea, and coffee. These are called extrinsic stains and can sometimes be lifted by whitening toothpastes, whitening mouthrinses, and whitening strips. Extrinsic stains can also be caused by smoking, poor oral hygiene, and plaque accumulation. However, teeth yellowing isn’t always a sign of unhealthy or unclean teeth.

Intrinsic Stains
Weakened enamel and staining within your tooth can also cause tooth discoloration. The tooth layer underneath the enamel, called the dentin, is darker than the outer enamel and more yellow in color. Over time, wear and tear, decay, teeth grinding, and an acidic diet can damage and thin the enamel, revealing the underlying dentin and a smile that is more yellow, blue, and/or gray. These are called intrinsic stains. It’s a common effect of aging, but many patients are insecure about the changes in their appearance. These stains require professional teeth whitening to remedy.

What Are My Teeth Whitening Options?

If you desire a whiter smile, Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry can help! To start, schedule a consultation at one of our expert locations. This allows you and our team to determine which treatment is best for your smile goals. Otherwise, you might spend years trying out over-the-counter whitening products in search of one that delivers something more than subpar results. Read on to learn about our two safe and effective whitening systems that can lighten your smile 8 to 14 shades!

Our Professional Teeth Whitening
To quickly fix both extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration, our ZOOM!® In-Office Teeth Whitening is perfect, especially if you have an upcoming event for which you want to look your absolute best. We utilize a special bleaching agent and lamp to make the treatment process easy and fast. You’ll notice a glowing difference after just one visit!

Our At-Home Whitening
Or, we can get you started with our At-Home Teeth Whitening. This includes custom-fitted trays with a professional strength bleaching gel to be used in the comfort of your own home. You’ll notice a difference in 10 days, and we’ll be here to guide you should questions or concerns arise.

Other Over-The-Counter Products
Although buying do-it-yourself products may seem cheaper up front, the process is lengthier and the results are significantly less reliable. Moreover, your chances for damaging your teeth and gums is also higher, especially with dental fads like activated charcoal, baking soda and lemon juice, and hydrogen peroxide rinses.

Do You Want the White Smile of Your Dreams?

With our skilled dental team guiding your teeth whitening process, you’ll achieve professional results. Do-it-yourself and trendy “natural” treatments take more time, could potentially damage your oral health, and can’t deliver the dramatic results you deserve. Take a step toward a dazzling new smile by scheduling your cosmetic consultation at Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry!

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