Teeth Whitening: What Causes Our Teeth to Become Discolored?

A popular procedure our patients ask us about is teeth whitening.

Many people wish to enhance their smile and brighten their teeth. Before we discuss the teeth whitening procedure, we want to first address what can cause your teeth to become discolored in the first place.

Injury: When one or more of your teeth are injured, such as a cracked or bruised tooth, it may become discolored.

Diet: What you eat and drink can have an impact on the brightness of your teeth. Coffee, tea, and foods containing food coloring can all stain your tooth enamel.

Tobacco: Any form of tobacco use can stain your teeth. Not only does tobacco stain teeth, it also increases the amount of plaque in your mouth.

Age: Tooth discoloration can occur naturally as well. As we age, your tooth enamel can wear down, exposing the inner part of your tooth. This will cause your teeth to have a yellow tint.

Medications: A common side effect of certain medications is tooth discoloration.

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In our next post, Dr. Aerni will discuss the teeth whitening procedure that he uses at his office. If you are interested in teeth whitening and would like to learn more, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today.

Tooth Sensitivity: What Are The Common Causes? – Part 2

Did you read our article last week? In it, Dr. Aerni began a discussion on tooth sensitivity. You can read that article, here. Below, Dr. Aerni continues his discussion on tooth sensitivity by discussing some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth.

1. Injury

A tooth may become sensitive after it has been damaged or experienced any kind trauma, including a “bruise” or crack. If you sustain a blow to the mouth or bite into something that is too hard, these kinds of damages can occur. Sensitivity from an injury can take time to heal; it can be weeks, or maybe months, before the discomfort goes away.

2. Disease/Infection

If your tooth is infected or diseased, you will feel a lot of sensitivity in the tooth. To eliminate the sensitivity, it is important to take care of the infection immediately. The infection may not only cause severe discomfort, but it could also lead to more harmful oral health issues.

3. Tooth Whitening

One of the most common side effects of any tooth whitening system is sensitivity. Typically, your sensitivity will go away after your treatment is complete. If the sensitivity becomes to much to bear, you can put your whitening treatment on hold, and restart when your sensitivity subsides.

4. Exposed Dentin

When your tooth and tooth enamel are healthy, your dentin is naturally protected. Dentin is an inner part of your tooth and has a sponge-like texture. If your enamel is worn down or damaged, your dentin may become exposed and subsequently cause sensitivity.

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When your enamel is damaged, your dentin is exposed, which can result in sensitivity and even extreme discomfort.

Tooth Sensitivity

Make sure to be on the look out for the third and final part of our blog series on tooth sensitivity. In the next article, Dr. Aerni will take a look at what causes your dentin to become exposed.

Do you need a dentist in Strongsville for your tooth sensitivity?

If you are in need of a dentist in the Strongsville, OH area, feel free to contact us today and schedule a time to see Dr. Aerni.

Tooth Discoloration: Caused By These Foods and Drinks

In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni discussed ways you can strengthen your tooth enamel to protect against cavities. In this post, Dr. Aerni will examine which dietary choices are most likely to stain your tooth enamel and cause tooth discoloration.

While your tooth enamel is extremely strong and usually translucent, it is covered in tiny (actually microscopic) ridges and valleys that can trap residue from food and drinks. When these areas on your teeth trap residue, your teeth begin to look discolored from the dark pigments left behind.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists several drinks and foods that can cause tooth discoloration:

• Coffee
• Tea
• Colas
• Tomato sauce/juice
• Popsicles
• Citric Fruit
• Foods that contain food coloring

For more foods and drinks like this, click here.

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Something to keep in mind when determining if a food will stain your teeth is that, if it would stain white clothes, it has the potential to stain your teeth. In addition to the foods mentioned above, foods and drinks that contain a lot of acids can actually wear your enamel down, and expose your dentin. When your dentin becomes exposed, it causes your teeth to look a more yellowish color.

Have you developed tooth discoloration?

The best way to ensure your teeth stay bright and white is to maintain visits to the dentist, and to keep good oral hygiene habits. If your teeth are already discolored, and you would like to receive tooth whitening, feel free to schedule an appointment at our office in Strongsville. Whether your teeth are already bright and white, or you plan on starting a tooth whitening system, you should be conscientious about what you eat. Eating these types of food after your treatment can negate the results you are looking to achieve.

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Pick the Right Shade for Your Teeth Whitening

It seems like the trend in Hollywood is to get a teeth whitening that is so white, it blinds you. Not all teeth are shaped the same, so why should they all be the same color? Of course, we all want white, healthy-looking teeth, but sometimes the whitest white isn’t the best fit. Picking a shade more tailored to your skin tone and previous tone will give you the most natural look.

Here in the office, we have a shade guide to give you the best match for your teeth whitening, but here are some other things to bear in mind:

  • Stains on your teeth. Stains can be harder to remove if they are dark or gray. Yellow or brown are easier to get rid of. White stains can be blended in with your new shade.
  • Crowns and fillings can’t be lightened. It’s best to get these white to begin with, but they might not match the new shade.
  • Don’t go whiter than the whites of your eyes.

And don’t worry, we can’t make your teeth glow in the dark. 🙂

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