It’s nearly impossible to watch television or flip through a magazine without seeing ads for tooth whitening products. Whether the ad is unveiling a new whitening toothpaste, strips, or trays, it seems like there is a new product on the market every few weeks. If you’ve worried that your teeth aren’t as white as they could be, you might have considered buying one of these products or maybe you’ve already tried one or more of them. You’ve probably noticed that most of them didn’t do a lot for your smile or that they irritated your gums, which makes you wonder if these kinds of treatments are safe.

In this blog, we will talk about how tooth whitening works, and whether or not you should keep using over-the-counter treatments or if having your dentist whiten your teeth is the way to go. If you need to schedule a dental cleaning and exam, please call Dr. Nahel Yanni’s office. Our practice is dedicated to making your smile look and feel great with innovative treatments, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.

Why Do Teeth Start to Look Less White Over Time?

As we age, many factors contribute to making our teeth look less pearly-white and more off-white. The foods and drinks we consume can lead to staining and so can tobacco and drug use. Thinning enamel and the darkening of the interior of our teeth happens naturally as we get older and can also cause our smiles to look darker.

What Can You Do to Stop Tooth Discoloration?

If you want to stop your teeth from looking dingy, there are a few important steps to take. First, make sure to brush and floss regularly. Brushing and flossing can help prevent acid corrosion as well as stains from certain foods. Second, watch what you eat and drink. If you drink a lot of coffee or red wine, or you eat a lot of sweets, brush more often. Stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco, and if you are taking drugs that might have a negative impact on your teeth, make sure to let your dentist know so they can keep a closer eye on your teeth.

How Can My Dentist Help?

You can also talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening. If it has been a while since your last exam and cleaning, you might notice great results after having your teeth cleaned. If they still aren’t white enough, your dentist can let you know if you’re a good candidate for professional whitening. If you have sensitive or damaged teeth, a good dentist probably won’t recommend whitening because it can make sensitive and damaged teeth worse.

If you are a good candidate there are several options available to you, and your dentist will discuss them with you. Some whitening treatments may require more than one visit but the results will still be better than over-the-counter treatments and they’ll last longer.

Contact Dr. Nahel Yanni’s dental office today for more information about teeth whitening or any other dental questions. Our office specializes in making your smile look spectacular through dental implants, cleanings, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.