Teeth Whitening Brightens Weymouth Smiles
Want to boost the value of your smile and look years younger? Then consider teeth whitening. With teeth whitening, Weymouth residents can see dramatic results, whether you choose our in-office treatment that takes about an hour or our take-home kit that provides the same whitening at your convenience.
Teeth whitening really does work. All of our patients who’ve previously whitened their teeth have realized moderate to significant improvement in the brightness of their teeth. And with a home-kit to provide regular touchups, you can look forward to years and years of a whiter and more pleasing smile.
Why Do I Need to Whiten My Teeth?
If you look at a baby’s teeth or those of a young child, then you know just how white teeth are when they start out. This is because the outer enamel surface is much like porcelain. Tooth enamel is also extremely hard—actually it’s the hardest material in the human body—so it can protect teeth from the daily assault of biting, chewing and acid attacks from sugar. Nevertheless, enamel wears down as we age and becomes more translucent. This translucency allows yellow-colored dentin (the tooth layer below enamel) to show through. In addition, micro-cracks in enamel trap stains and debris, making teeth look duller.
Types of Stains & Discoloration
When it comes to teeth staining, there are two types: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on the enamel surface of teeth and are caused by deeply colored foods and beverages—tomato sauce, carrot sticks, chocolate, coffee, tea, red wine and more—tobacco and normal wear and tear. Intrinsic stains are deep within a tooth. These happen as a result of traumatic injury that causes bleeding inside a tooth, aging, and ingestion of too much fluoride or certain antibiotics when teeth are forming.
What Causes Teeth Staining and Discoloration?
A number of different factors contribute to teeth staining and discoloration. These include:
Aging. As people age, their teeth succumb to stain-causing elements as well as the years of biting, chewing and gnashing.
Genetics. Everyone’s teeth lean toward a slightly off-white shade that has an undertone of yellow, brown or gray. As the years pass, this undertone intensifies and becomes more noticeable through the enamel.
Diet. You are what you eat and your teeth are, too. If you regularly drink darkly colored beverages and foods, then eventually you are likely to see staining. Also, citrus fruits and juices as well as vinegars increase enamel erosion, which makes the surface of your teeth more transparent so more of the yellowish dentin is visible.
Tobacco. Bad for your general health and bad for your teeth. The nicotine in smoking and chewing tobacco actually seeps into tooth structure causing brownish discoloration that is intrinsic.
Certain medication. The antibiotic tetracycline and some forms of chemotherapy can cause intrinsic staining.
Traumatic Injury. Injury to a tooth can cause cracks in the surface that trap stain-causing debris or there may even be internal bleeding that discolors the interior of a tooth.
Types of Teeth Whitening in Weymouth
Your cosmetic dentist in Weymouth offers two types of teeth whitening. For results immediately, choose our in-office whitening system. We use Zoom! This treatment combines the power of a hydrogen peroxide based bleaching solution with the Zoom! Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to activate and empower the whitening process. While you sit back and relax, the hydrogen peroxide breaks down and oxygen penetrates the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. Stains and discoloration are lifted away so your teeth look their whitest.
Alternatively, you can choose to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your own bathroom with our at-home teeth whitening kit. Your dentist will provide you with professional strength bleaching solution and custom-fitted mouth trays. Fill the trays will solution and wear them for the prescribed length of time. You’ll likely begin to see results after only a couple of cosmetic treatments, but the most dramatic change will happen after two weeks of consistent use.