What Causes Dental Staining?
It’s important to know just what’s causing the yellowing of your teeth in order to maintain your bright white smile after a professional teeth whitening treatment.
Try to avoid excessive use of the following products to prevent further dental discoloration:
- Acne Medications That Use Tetracycline
- Chewing Tobacco
- High-Tannin Foods and Beverages
- Colored Sodas and Juices
Three Important Misconceptions About Teeth Whitening
As with any popular procedure, there are a number of misconceptions that sometimes scare consumers away from the whitening process. Among the misconceptions currently making the rounds, three stand out as the easiest to disprove.
1. Whitening Will Bleach the Whole Mouth
There is a common perception that a whitening procedure will also bleach veneers, fillings, crowns, and other dental work. This is not true. Only the actual teeth will be whitened and all other dental work will remain the same color that it was before the procedure.
2. The Chemicals Used are Dangerous
The primary chemical used in teeth whitening is carbamide peroxide, which breaks down in the mouth to become hydrogen peroxide during whitening. This is not an abrasive or toxic chemical or dangerous to patients.
3. Whitened Teeth Will Be White Forever
Even the most professional services can’t compensate for the yellowing of teeth in the future. With careful maintenance and an understanding of what causes tooth staining, though, the whitening effect will last longer.