A perfect smile comes with white teeth. As we age, our teeth become yellow because of enamel thinning. Accumulation of acidic food, smoking, coffee, and beverages are some of the many factors that contribute to having stained teeth. Gum disease is another reason. Taking care of our teeth by proper brushing, gargling, and annual dental check-up can reduce teeth discoloration and future teeth damage. Form Med Spa offers teeth whitening for that bright smile you deserve.
Having discolored teeth does not necessarily mean that it is unhealthy. Although part of it is correct due to plaque build-up, the discoloration can be a sign of tooth damage or that your enamel could be thin. The teeth’s outer layer is the enamel. It has a translucent bluish-white hue. The coating is what protects the crown of the teeth. It is the hardest tissue in our bodies. It also has no living cells, thus damaged enamel can never be repaired. Improving the mineral content, like calcium, can help with the enamel build up and strengthen dentin, which lies beneath it. Dentin has a yellow-brown color. Having a weak or thinning enamel reveals the full color of the dentin, which is yellow. The teeth don’t naturally have a paperwhite kind of color, and its luminosity shows a bit of yellowish tint to the teeth. Both the enamel and the dentin helps support the structure of the tooth. Exposed dentin causes your teeth to be more sensitive and can result in damage and pain.
What causes teeth discoloration?
Many factors affect teeth discoloration. Some are uncontrollable. Genetics, accidents, and age are the reason that you cannot control. Proper hygiene can help slow down the discoloration. The following habits can also help prevent teeth discoloration.
1. Avoid Acidic beverages and food
Acidic beverages and food promote the staining of teeth. It wears off the enamel of your teeth, making it damaged with repeated exposure. Some nutritious food like lemon, tomatoes, oranges, or any citrus type of fruits can cause problems to your teeth despite its health benefits inside our body. Incorporating citrus fruits as part of the meal can lessen its acidity.
Soda contains a substantial amount of acid too. It is considered the most common, enjoyed by many, but is the number one cause of enamel erosion. The frizz from the carbonated drinks raises the soda’s acidity level, thus drinking one, not just making your enamel thin but can eventually destroy your teeth.
Tooth erosion not only makes discoloration on your teeth, but it makes it more sensitive and painful at times. Consuming hot, cold, or sweet drinks and food can make you uncomfortable when your enamel is damaged. It may cause your teeth to become more prone to cavities, tooth loss, and more.
2. Minimize drinking wine, coffee, tea or any drinks with tannin compound
Wine, tea, coffee, grapes, and berries have tannin, a color compound that sticks to your teeth and leaves a yellowish tone. Avoiding food and beverage that has a tannin compound, eliminates the appearance of yellow teeth.
3. Quit smoking
Smoking is already bad for health. Its tar and nicotine content adds significant changes in the color of the teeth. Tar is dark in color, while Nicotine, when combined with oxygen, causes a staining substance that turns to yellow. Its content quickly absorbs on the teeth making the discoloration more visible in a short period.
4. Avoid sweets
Eating sweets doesn’t directly cause your teeth to turn yellow. However, the build-up of bacteria caused by it is the one that damages your enamel and, in return, exposes your dentin and can ultimately destroy your teeth.
How to protect your teeth?
The saliva we produce has the natural ability to balance the PH level in our mouth. It naturally cleanses our mouth to protect our teeth from any harmful substance. However, it may not be enough, especially that compounds that cause discoloration and tooth decay are often in the daily ingredient of food and drinks.
Limiting the compounds that cause the enamel to be thin, can help delay damage on your teeth. Waiting for an hour before brushing your teeth when you eat any acidic food and beverage allows your saliva to work on its natural cleaning process. Backing up with proper brushing can help remove the cavity build up. Rinsing your mouth with plain water, drinking milk, or a snack of dairy products can help neutralize the acid level intake.
Avoiding the types of substances to prevent enamel erosion and teeth discoloration is not 100% possible. If teeth discoloration bothers you, there are other ways to have white teeth.
What are the ways to have white teeth?
Regular oral hygiene like brushing teeth minimum twice a day, rinsing, and flossing are the basic to do’s to protect your teeth not just from discoloration but from overall damage. Baking soda is another way to eliminate stain in your teeth and fights the bacteria that cause plaque. Hydrogen Peroxide is also one way to remove the stain. It is a mild bleach but can increase tooth sensitivity. Neither should it be used regularly. Professional teeth whitening, such as laser use, is a great way to gain whiter teeth effectively.
What is Laser teeth whitening?
Laser teeth whitening uses LED technology and is a non-invasive procedure. It uses 100% plant and mineral-based ingredients only. It is primarily for bright white teeth without the use of bleach. It also contains enamel-building qualities to promote added protection to your tooth. It is a safe and painless procedure. It has no downtime recovery and usually takes 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your teeth’ structure. Laser teeth whitening works by giving you the natural white you initially have. Immediate results are noticeable right after the procedure.
Is Laser teeth whitening permanent?
Having white teeth is not permanent due to continuous exposure to staining substances that we eat daily. It usually lasts for three years, but keeping good oral hygiene, and periodic touch up can last the effects of laser teeth whitening to a lifetime.
What are the benefits of white teeth?
People often have their teeth whitened for aesthetic purposes. It is indeed true that having white teeth helps boost your confidence and overall self-esteem. It is the first thing that people frequently notice when looking at you. Thus, having that confident smile makes a lot of difference with your overall outlook. It helps improve your mood, and every time you grin, your body releases endorphins and serotonin that helps lift a good vibe mood. It is also a great diversion to minimize the wrinkles’ appearance since most people are more focused on your bright smile.
Changing your lifestyle is a drastic move to maintain healthy teeth and overall body physic. Although discoloration does not happen in a snap, subtle and gradual changes take place and depend on how you handle the harmful substance that contributes to tooth decay. Keeping an annual dental check-up can help alleviate further damage. Choosing laser teeth whitening is an option to maintain that beautiful white smile you longed for yourself. Form Med Spa ensures to give you the best and effective result for teeth whitening. It uses the latest technology to ensure you get what you deserve.