Teeth Whitening

Urbana, MD Professional Teeth Whitening

What Causes Teeth To Yellow and Discolor?

woman smiling bright white teeth, Urbana, MD teeth whiteningFor patients in Urbana, teeth whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.

Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth's enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.

One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’t help. Another type of stain—one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing—is caused by external factors such as foods. More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.

Can't I Just Use A Whitening Toothpaste?

Some commercially available "teeth whitening toothpastes" can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth's enamel.

Teeth Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored before and after results teeth whitening Urbana, MDfillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case).

Why Professional Teeth Whitening?

While over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely, professional teeth whitening is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Your Urbana, MD teeth whitening specialist will make sure your lips, tongue, and gums are protected as they apply a gentle whitening gel to your teeth. The end result is an even shade of white with minimal tooth sensitivity, and no damage to the surrounding tissues of your mouth.Done properly, teeth whitening can last as long as five years.

Here at Pearlfection Dentistry Urbana, Maryland we offer Zoom Whitening. This state-of-the-art system makes teeth up to 9 shades whiter in just 1 hour!

If your teeth are dull, stained, or discolored, take advantage of professional teeth whitening services at PearlFection Dentistry! Call our Urbana, MD office now at (301) 831-8303 to make an appointment!

For our other location in Frederick, MD, call (301) 663-5550.