Today’s Patients Demand Whiter Teeth

With advances in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening technology, whiter teeth have become the norm.  Therefore, it is not surprising that teeth whitening is currently the most requested cosmetic dental procedure.  Simply put: today’s patients demand whiter teeth.  But what is the best way to achieve this goal?  It depends on the cause and severity of your tooth discoloration. 

Although there are many over-the-counter whitening products on the market, they vary widely when it comes to effectiveness.  Some over-the-counter products may even be harmful to your long-term dental health.  For this reason, the American Dental Association recommends whitening your teeth under the supervision of a qualified, board-certified dentist.  Your dentist can best determine the safest and most effective method for your particular circumstances. 

Tooth discoloration can occur as a natural part of the aging process and can also be caused by the consumption of certain foods such as coffee, tea, red wine and berries.  For these types of discoloration, whitening can usually be achieved using a gel that is placed in trays and allowed to sit on the teeth for a certain period of time.  This type of discoloration can usually also be treated effectively using an in-office procedure that involves a special light. 

Smoking, trauma and taking certain medications as a child can lead to more severe tooth discoloration.  In these cases, standard teeth whitening methods are sometimes not completely effective.  In these cases, a crown may be placed over a certain tooth or several teeth to improve their appearance.  If many teeth are involved, porcelain veneers may be used to treat severe tooth discoloration.

You do not have to continue to be embarrassed of your smile due to yellowed or stained teeth.  Whitening your teeth can take years off of your appearance and help you achieve a brighter, more vibrant and confident smile.  If you are currently dealing with tooth discoloration, talk to your dentist today about how to best achieve white teeth and a more beautiful smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Randy Muccioli, Muccioli Dental