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Teeth Whitening

There are many reasons why teeth turn color. Tobacco use, medications, trauma, and the aging process are some of the most common. Also, the consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and other foods that contain intense color pigments that attach to your enamel contribute to the problem. Brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth white but are not always enough. Other options include using whitening toothpastes or strips and bleaching your enamel with peroxide-containing whiteners. However, they don’t always do the trick. Also, they don’t work well on greying or brown teeth. They also are not effective on veneers, caps, crowns, or fillings. In the event you continue to suffer from yellow teeth and need dental intervention, there are some treatments dentists can apply that will help. In-Office Bleaching is one, a procedure which involves applying a protective gel or rubber shield to your gums and then bleaching your teeth. A special light laser is sometimes used to enhance the process. Tooth sensitivity can occur with some whitening treatments and the results are not permanent.

They need to be repeated as the whitening starts to fade. For tobacco smokers and those consuming foods and drinks that stain your teeth, this will happen sooner than later. The good news is that some whitening procedures can be done at home.