There are many reasons that our teeth become discolored or stained and if you are concerned about your discoloration you may be considering teeth whitening. Weve all seen people with whiter teeth, or heard about products and services whitening and you may be wondering if it is right for you.
You may have tried using toothpaste that offers whitening benefits, with or without any visible results. Or you may have tried using one of those home whitening kits that are available now.
Factors Contributing to Discoloration
Yellowed or stained teeth are often a result of a combination of factors that contribute to that less than white color that many of us want. For some its genetics and no matter what the other contributing factors are, there is going to be a genetic predisposition for less than white.
The foods and drinks that we consume also contribute to teeth stains. Teas, coffees and colas, red wine and cranberry juice, fruits and vegetables like blueberries, raspberries, beets, and tomatoes, and things we use for seasonings like balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and the curry you love to add to your cuisine to give it that beautiful shade of yellow that looks so good on your food but not so good on your teeth. There is an endless list of foods and drinks we love to eat and drink that we often avoid because they can leave stains and create discoloration. But we all know how hard it is to avoid the foods and drinks that we love so much, especially the ones that we consume because they are beneficial to our health.
Other factors that contribute to discolored teeth include some antibiotics that we had to take during an illness. And excessive use of tobacco (cigarette, cigars, chewing) is another strong contributor to discoloration.
Is Teeth Whitening Good For You?
Once youve decided you want to learn more about teeth whitening, be sure to talk to your dentist as there are some things that you and your dentist will want to consider before you begin the process of whitening your teeth.
Your teeth and gums are unique to you and if you have a cavity or crack in your tooth the chemicals used in the whitening solutions can get down into the tooth through that space and make contact with a nerve, which can cause pain or discomfort. It can also make the cavity or crack worse and lead to more serious dental issues, like a root canal.
As part of your routine visit with your dentist, open up a discussion about your interest in the teeth whitening process. Or make a special appointment if you want to begin whitening before your next scheduled appointment. Then you and your dentist can evaluate the needs of your unique teeth and gums and together create a whitening plan that is designed specifically for you.