Despite what Hollywood and the movie stars would like us to think, bright, white smiles are less common than you’d think. In fact, it is just as normal for teeth to discolor and stain as it is for hair to turn gray as we age! Throughout life, everyday wear of our teeth results in a more dulled smile. Teeth can become less bright for a number of reasons; factors that can cause teeth to become discolored include:
Although completely preventing tooth dulling, staining and discoloration are not likely possible, you can reduce your risk. Changing certain lifestyle habits such as tobacco use and dental care habits can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth. Avoiding certain beverages such as coffee, wine, and soda along with foods such as citrus fruit and berries can also improve the color of your teeth. Scheduling routine professional dental cleanings can greatly improve the appearance and shade of your smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening
The way you whiten your teeth depends on the stain: extrinsic (or surface) stains occur on the surface of tooth enamel, while intrinsic stains occur within the tooth. You can remove surface stains on your teeth by using a whitening toothpaste or other over-the-counter teeth whitening products. However, these treatments usually take a while to see results and can result in gum and tooth sensitivity/irritation. Staining that occurs below the enamel requires a stronger bleaching agent.
At Southern Charm Dental in Richmond, we are proud to offer teeth whitening treatments that show results in as little as one hour! During just one appointment, most of our patients can see amazing results and a whiter, brighter, healthier-looking smile.
Interested in restoring a bright, white smile? Contact our Richmond cosmetic dentist today to book your appointment.