Naples Dentist explains why teeth whitening works

Tooth whitening is the number one cosmetic dentistry procedure offered today, as it is an easy, affordable, and quick method to achieve brighter teeth and an added pop to your smile.

Last year, Americans spent an astounding $1.4 billion on tooth whitening products, including professional and at-home treatments. Yet that still only accounts for just 15 percent of the overall U.S. population. Those who try it are committed to keep using it for this one reason: teeth whitening works. Practically everyone who tries some form of whitening sees results.

The terms bleaching and whitening are often used interchangeably. However, the FDA has classed bleaching as whitening teeth beyond their natural shade and the products used must contain bleaching chemicals, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Whitening as defined by the FDA is the removal of discoloring agents (dirt, stains, and debris) by cleaning and returning the teeth to their natural brightness.

Most everyone is born with varying shades of white teeth, attributed to the protective enamel that gives teeth their hue and translucency that reflects light and adds sparkle. Most teeth are not truly white; they have a base greenish-gray or yellow-brownish color from inside the tooth. Through aging, tobacco use, or dietary preferences (coffee, wine, tea), the natural whiteness dulls and yellows. Discoloration can also result from poor dental care, as the enamel erodes away to reveal the underlying yellow tone of the dentin layer.

Staining is the primary contributor to teeth yellowing. There are two types of stains. Extrinsic stains stay on the surface and stem from exposure to dark colored liquids, tobacco, ect….. Intrinsic stains begin inside our teeth and work outwards, usually from severe trauma, use of certain medications, but mainly from aging. Too much fluoride can cast mottled white specking on teeth. Extrinsic stains can be effectively removed using today’s teeth whitening treatments.

Discoloration can also result from poor dental care or eating habits, as the enamel erodes away to reveal the underlying yellow tone of the dentin layer. Consuming large amounts of acidic foods like citrus fruits, vinegar, or colas can also contribute to enamel erosion.

At Engle Dentistry in Naples and Marco Island, Dr. Bradley Engle advocates professional tooth whitening using Zoom! 2 teeth whitening system that uses a light-activated solution or take home bleaching trays. Both services are provided under the direction of a Board Certified dentist to ensure the treatment plan is progressing safely and correctly.

Call Engle Dentistry today to find out more about professional teeth whitening services and learn how quickly you can restore that winning smile. Call (239) 593-2178 in Naples or (239) 394-4906 in Marco Island.

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