About Getting Whiter Teeth

by Terrence Mills

If your teeth are starting to look stained then you should get them whitened. Going directly to the dentist is the best way to go about whitening them because the dentist will use products that are of the highest quality and they know how to get you the best results. In certain circumstances you will see little to no improvement by whitening your teeth if the problem is due to something other than normal staining on the surface of them. Learn about reasons why whitening may not work on you and other options you can choose from in this article.

Causes of permanent discoloration:

Genetics

Discolored teeth may run in your family and be caused by naturally thin enamel. When your enamel is thin it allows the darker part of your inner tooth to come through the enamel. This makes it appear as if your teeth are stained, when in reality the color is coming from the inside and not the outside.

Medications

Certain medications taken as a child can cause your teeth to become naturally discolored. These changes in your teeth will be permanent and will affect your adult teeth, even if you still had your first set in when you were taking the medication.

Trauma

If you injure a tooth, there is a chance that this too can cause it to become discolored. Not all injuries to a tooth will automatically mean the look of the tooth will be permanently affected and it's more common to have this reaction when the injury takes place as a child, although adult teeth can suffer this same fate as well.

Ways to whiten permanently discolored teeth

Removable veneers

Removable veneers may not be a permanent solution, but it is a less invasive one that is also easier on your pocketbook than some of the more expensive options. These veneers will come with a top piece and a bottom piece that fit over your natural teeth. They are designed in the color you prefer and must be taken out to clean and when you sleep. However, when they are in place they look like natural teeth.

Permanent veneers

Permanent veneers are made to fit on each tooth. They are bonded in place in the dentist's office using a strong bonding agent. The veneers are much like a crown, only the entire veneer is made of a porcelain material in the shade of white you and your dentist decide is the best fit for your complexion. They will remain a permanent fixture in your mouth and you will care for them just as you do your natural teeth.

Crowns

If your teeth are also week, have cavities or have other problems, then crowns can give you a whiter smile, while also taking care of other dental issues. Crowns are made of metal material and then covered with a porcelain material, when you want whiter teeth. They are bonded directly on your teeth the same way the veneers are. Contact a business, such as the Alouette Dental Centre dentist, for more information. 

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