Columbus, OH 43214
Columbus, OH 43220
There are many reasons why teeth do not stay white. Causes vary and may include combinations of reasons such as age, genetics, smoking, the foods we eat, or even medicines we take. The most common are surface stains on the enamel or beneath the enamel in the dentin. Surface stains are typically caused by foods, beverages, and lifestyle behaviors like smoking. Over time surface stains may penetrate the enamel and change the color of the dentin, which darkens the overall appearance of the tooth due to the translucency of the enamel layer. When this occurs, the tooth often appears yellow.
There are many whitening options, from over the counter toothpastes, rinses and strips, to professionally supervised solutions such as in-office and take-home whitening.
Certain products may remove surface stains by using abrasion or through a chemical reaction. Whitening toothpastes may contain silica molecules that polish the enamel.
Whitening products including hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which cause a chemical reaction that breaks apart the carbon bonds that create yellow stains. Once the bonds are broken, they no longer reflect a yellow color.
As you would with any product you use on your body, be sure to follow the teeth whitening directions carefully. Some whitening products can irritate your gums or cause undue sensitivity if used improperly or too often.
The safest way to whiten your teeth is under the supervision of a dental professional. At Dr. Kvitko & Associates we will assess your overall oral health, the health of your teeth, and know the existing history of your teeth. For example, if Dr. Kvitko knows that you are prone to sensitivity, he may recommend a gentle formulation to ensure you get the results you are looking for with a treatment that you will enjoy.
Most whitening services are designed to last for a long period of time, but relapse is not uncommon due to personal behaviors that re-stain your teeth.