Teeth Whitening Procedures in Harrisburg, NC

Teeth Whitening before and after

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.

How Long Will Teeth Whitening Last?

Since the results vary from patient to patient there is no firm answer. We do know that teeth tend to become darker as time passes, so touch-up treatments are occasionally needed to keep the teeth lightened. Your eating, drinking, smoking and home care habits definitely have an effect on how long the treatment lasts. Remember that the base shade of teeth is yellow or white and that we cannot whiten this base color. However, most patients are very satisfied with the results of whitening treatments.

Tips to Keep Your Teeth White

  • Regular cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar.
  • Regular tooth brushing.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Reducing the intake of food and drink that are strongly colored such as coffee, tea, red wine, etc.
  • Professional whitening.

Why Your Teeth Get Discolored

  • Diet - Drinking tea, coffee, red wine or other food and drink with strong colorings.
  • Smoking - Smoking can result in teeth appearing a yellowish color.
  • Age - As people grow older their teeth can become darker naturally.
  • Tooth decay - , fillings and tartar build-up can cause discoloration.
  • Trauma - Teeth have nerves and blood vessels inside them. If these nerves and blood vessels are damaged the tooth may become darker - even several years after the trauma.
  • Medication - Staining can be caused by diseases or medicines. Tetracycline, an antibiotic, will cause a distinct discoloration if given to a child whose adult teeth are still developing.

For more information on Teeth Whitening in the Harrisburg, NC area call Mark W. Icard, DDS, at (704) 455-5003!