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Teeth can get discolored for many reasons as you age. Some common causes include tobacco, some food items and juices, and poor dental hygiene. Not all teeth stains indicate bad health but in case you notice stains on your teeth it is a good idea to talk to your dentist. Stained teeth can be restored back to a white color through teeth whitening services.
Teeth whitening services are usually offered by dentists. Tooth whitening is simply removing stains from the tooth to restore its white color. Teeth whitening restores the radiance to your smile and makes the teeth look more uniform. There are some risks that may arise out of teeth whitening treatments like sensitive teeth. The dentist will assess your teeth and determine the problems that are likely to occur before deciding on the treatment that will be the most beneficial to you.
How are teeth whitened?
There are two types of stains that can form no your teeth, surface and intrinsic stains. Teeth whitening is mostly done on surface stains. If you are suffering from other dental problems in addition to the stain, the dentist might deal with them first before whitening your teeth.
There are two main ways of teeth whitening
In office whitening
The dentist usually begins by examining your teeth and the stains to determine whether your teeth can be whitened. The dentist also inquires about the cause of the stain. After this, your teeth are cleaned to remove bacteria and food substances from the surface of your teeth. When the dentist has finished cleaning your teeth the next part is applying the whitening agent or bleach. One of the most commonly used bleaches for teeth whitening is hydrogen peroxide. In office whitening usually, takes a short time.
At home whitening
Contrary to what it may sound like, at home whitening is also done by a dentist. You are given the whitening agent and tools to apply it along with instructions on how to apply it by your dentist.
Will all teeth be uniformly white?
Tooth whitening will not work on all teeth the same. Some teeth will whiten more than others. The good thing is that the difference between the teeth is often imperceptible. In any case, the natural color of teeth is not perfectly white, though advertisements create that impression.
How long do teeth remain white?
When your teeth have been whitened they will not remain white for a lifetime. They can need whitening a few months down the line depending on your lifestyle and diet. If you avoid consuming food, drinks, and drugs that cause staining, your teeth will remain white for a longer time.