Are you tired of yellow, stained, or discolored teeth? Millions of Americans wish they had a whiter smile. At West Annapolis Family Dentistry, we provide teeth whitening treatment options for our patients.
But to start, how do teeth become yellow, stained, or discolored over time?
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
There are 5 common causes of yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth:
Food and Drinks
Certain fruits, coffee, tea, and sodas may stain teeth. Color pigments called chromogens that can be found in these foods and drinks attach themselves to tooth enamel.
Smoking and Tobacco Products
Tar and nicotine found in smoking and tobacco products are major staining agents. Tar darkens teeth and nicotine turns teeth yellow. After years of smoking or tobacco use, teeth can discolor over time.
Teeth may darken as a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications.
Tooth enamel wears down over time, revealing a dark underlayer called dentin. Dentin discolors teeth, making them appear yellow.
When injured or hit, teeth can discolor. Following an injury, the dark layer of dentin may show through. Teeth can also become discolored when chipped or broken.
Teeth Whitening Treatment
At West Annapolis Family Dentistry, Dr. Maria Colucciello & Associates provide patients with teeth whitening options that improve tooth appearance and overall oral health. Before picking the right treatment for patients, our doctors take gum health and the condition of tooth enamel into consideration.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Zoom teeth whitening utilizes an active ingredient of a pH balanced hydrogen peroxide that removes deep stains and discoloration when activated by a special light. This in-office method is a great option that can brighten and whiten a patient’s teeth by six shades.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening
Opalescence Teeth Whitening is a take-home option for patients. Depending on the Opalescence Teeth Whitening treatment selected, teeth are treated with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide gel. The gel removes stains while strengthening and protecting tooth enamel.
Find the teeth whitening method that’s right for you, and learn more about your options here.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you wish you had a brilliant white smile? Take control of your oral health and call West Annapolis Family Dentistry at (410) 216-4199 or schedule an appointment with us online here.