Yellowed teeth can quickly make your smile look unhealthy and uncared for. Coffee, fruit juices, and acidic foods can all quickly contribute to a yellow smile by eating away the enamel (protective white coating) on your teeth and exposing the yellow dentine underneath. Additionally, regular consumption of coffee and some other drinks can also lead to surface stains that contribute to a yellowed smile.
All of this can result in you feeling the need to hide your smile because it lacks the health and vibrancy it once had. Fortunately, teeth whitening and bleaching procedures are now quicker and easier than ever to complete. In as little as one visit, your teeth can be back to their most vibrant shade of white so that you can smile with confidence again.
What’s The Difference?
The difference between “teeth whitening” and “teeth bleaching” has been defined by the FDA. They permit the use of the word “bleaching” only for products that can whiten your teeth beyond their natural color. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are often found as active ingredients within these products, and they are extremely powerful.
Teeth whitening, on the other hand, is the process of restoring your teeth’s natural color by removing stains from the surface. Whitening products use less-powerful ingredients that work to remove stains instead of bleaching your entire tooth.
How Do Teeth Yellow?
As micro-fractures naturally occur over time as a form of “wear and tear” in the white outer layer of your teeth (the enamel), the micro-fractures pick up debris, stains, and begin to show the dentin (yellow under layer) of your teeth. Stains are caused by various foods and drinks, but discoloration also has a genetic influence because some genes will lead you to having naturally more yellow dentin than others.
The bleaching procedure involves a powerful active peroxide component that, once activated, release oxygen molecules. These molecules enter into the micro-fractures on your teeth and begin breaking down the pigmentation of stains.
The release of oxygen can occur over a few hours, which is usually the case with at-home whitening products. Or, using a high intensity light source, in-office whitening procedures can cause the rapid release of oxygen to achieve results within only a few moments. We use Venus whitening to achieve fast results for our clients.
You may experience temporary tooth sensitivity as a side effect of the bleaching/whitening procedure. Your dentist can provide you with toothpaste to help fight the sensitivity until it disappears.
How long the results of your whitening procedure last depend on your personal habits. You could be enjoying a whiter smile for years to come without needing to do anything other than brushing regularly. However, we can also provide you with a take-home kit that can be used every 6 to 12 months to maintain the whitest smile possible.