As we get older, our adult teeth become darkened, yellowed or stained due to certain foods and drinks, tobacco use, trauma, genetics and certain types of medication. Teeth also become darker due to the natural aging process regardless of what we do and what we eat. Having a youthful appearance is one of the main reasons why people want to have whiter teeth.
Teeth whitening is the process of bleaching the teeth with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaches can make your teeth appear brighter by breaking down the stains which makes them less noticeable on the teeth. You can whiten your teeth at home with toothpastes or with an at-home bleaching kit, or you can visit your dentist for an in-office bleaching. At-home bleaching uses a lower concentration of bleach than what a dentist would use in an in-office visit.
Bleaching is effective on yellow teeth that are otherwise healthy and have not been restored with fillings, caps or crowns. Brown and grey teeth may not respond to the bleaching process, and bleaching doesn’t work on teeth that have been damaged by an accident or medications. This is why it is important for you to talk to your dentist to see if whitening your teeth is appropriate for your situation, and if it is, then discuss with them what your best options would be.
Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution to darkened or discolored teeth. Bleaching can cause temporary tooth sensitivity and irritation in the inside of the mouth which can last 1-3 days after the bleaching process.
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