As a natural part of the aging process, our teeth often become darker due to changes in their mineral structure as the enamel becomes less porous. Over time, bacterial pigments, tobacco and foods and beverages including red wine, coffee, berries, tea and colas can stain our teeth and cause them to become discolored. The use of the medication Tetracycline has also been shown to cause darkening of the teeth.
Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you and creates a lasting first impression. A bright and healthy smile enhances your overall appearance and draws others to you. This can be beneficial in a variety of social interactions including first dates, job interviews, business meetings, presentations and more. Teeth that are stained and/or darkened detract from your smile and add years to your appearance. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry, specifically tooth whitening systems, enable most patients to achieve whiter teeth and a brighter, more beautiful smile.
Although over the counter tooth whitening kits are now widely available, there are several advantages to whitening your teeth under the supervision of a qualified dentist. If misused or overused, over the counter tooth whitening kits can be harmful to the enamel of your teeth. A dentist can recommend the right amount of whitening solution and the right frequency to ensure whiter teeth without causing damage to your teeth and gums. A dentist can also monitor the health of your teeth and gums while you are going through the whitening process and address problems such as tooth pain or sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods or beverages.
Whitening your teeth is a great way to improve your appearance as well as your confidence. If you are interested in achieving whiter teeth and a more beautiful smile, contact a qualified cosmetic dentist in your area to get more information about tooth whitening systems and how they may benefit you.
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