July 30, 2016
When is the last time you took a close look at your smile? If you have a mirror nearby or a recent photo, take a look now.
How white would you say your teeth are? How white would you like them to be?
It happens to the best of us. No matter how well you brush and floss, eventually all those cups of coffee catch up to us. It starts gradually and builds until one day we realize that our pearly whites are more pearly yellow, instead.
If you are at this stage, Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC, can help if you live in or near Fairfax, VA. Our dentist office offers professional teeth whitening to help you regain the sparkle in your smile.
Why Your Teeth Are Stained
Before you continue reading, we want you to know that teeth stains are common. They happen to nearly everyone, including people who are diligent about maintaining their oral hygiene.
Teeth whitening is a way to deal with those stains that brushing won’t be able to prevent in the long run.
However, you may be doing things that are contributing to the speed at which your teeth become stained. Here are some of the most common causes of those stains:
- Poor oral hygiene — If you don’t take care of your teeth, they will show it. Brushing won’t stop staining completely, but it can slow down the process considerably.
If you don’t brush like you should, then you are helping to speed up staining process.
- Tobacco use — Without getting into the various health-related reasons that you should avoid using tobacco products, they will make your teeth look awful. It doesn’t matter if you are a smoker or you prefer smokeless tobacco.
The end result is tobacco products contain chemicals that can cause stains to develop quickly.
- Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Etc. — Many of us enjoy a cup of coffee (or two or more) to help us get going in the morning. Many of us also appreciate the pleasure that is a refreshing glass of iced tea on a hot afternoon.
Sweet soft drinks, sports drinks, wine … pretty much any drink that isn’t water has the potential to leave behind traces amounts with every sip.
- Food — Do you like to eat? Then you are putting things into your mouth that can cause your teeth to become stained. Blueberries, pasta, and potatoes are among the many, many foods that can add to the discoloration of your teeth.
- Getting older — If you are getting older (and we are pretty sure most of us are), then so are your teeth. With each meal, you eat more food and drink more beverages. All of that builds, so it’s only natural that over time, your teeth show their age as much as your muscle aches and joint pains.
As a general rule, try to remember this. If it can stain your shirt, then it can stain your teeth, too.
Teeth Whitening Options
We’ve all seen the commercials for teeth whitening products. If you ever walked down a toothpaste aisle, then you know that most grocery and retail stores sell dozens of these self-proclaimed “whitening” products.
You may be tempted to try some of them. After all, they are so easy to find, and most of them aren’t that expensive.
It really depends on how white you want your smile to be. We probably don’t have to tell you that not all whitening products are equally effective.
Mouthrinses can take months of daily use before you see even minor improvements. You may go through a whole tube of toothpaste before you notice any change.
Some gels and whitening strips may do a better job, but nothing that you will find in the same place where you buy the coffee, tea, and soft drinks that contributed to your stains is as effective as the professional teeth whitening products you will find at a dentist’s office.
Professional products contain a higher concentration of whitening agents than commercial ones. This is why you can walk into our office with yellow teeth and leave with a smile that is visibly whiter.
Feel Good About Your Smile
If you aren’t happy about the whiteness (or lack thereof) in your smile, then we encourage you to call our dentist office in Fairfax, VA, to learn how our professional teeth whitening can help. This is just one of the cosmetic dental services that we offer in our office.
Call us today at 703-552-2530, or fill out our online form and you will be closer to having the white smile that you deserve.