As we spent our holiday season at parties and gatherings, admiring all the fancy dresses and happily sampling loads of festive treats, we also couldn’t help but notice the sparkle in some of our friends’ smiles. This brought some of us to ponder: “Is that the natural colour of their teeth, or have they been using a bleaching system?”
You see, teeth naturally darken with age, and their appearance is greatly affected by the food we eat and drink. Over the holidays, the culprits would have likely been red wine, holiday coffees, and tasty blueberry pie!
Although teeth are not naturally meant to be completely white, most people yearn for a brighter smile. The main whitening options available to most people are surface whiteners and bleaches.
Products such as sugar-free chewing gum and whitening toothpastes contains abrasives to help remove surface stains. The effectiveness of these products is merely limited to surface stains, however, and should not be used as a substitute for professional cleaning.
Most bleaching products are peroxide-based, and are actually capable of altering the colours of the tooth itself. Unfortunately, not all tooth discolouration responds to tooth-bleaching treatments, including fillings, root canals, crowns, and extremely dark stains.
We always recommend patients interested in a brighter smile come in for a personalized evaluation with their dentist. If you are contemplating bleaching this New Year, come visit the team at Colchester Dental to talk about your whitening options!
Our team wishes you a great start to your 2017, and we look forward to seeing you in the office!
The Colchester Dental Team