Are you self-conscious about your smile because your teeth are not as white as they used to be? We all want a nice bright smile. But coffee, red wine and aging can take its toll on our pearly whites. Discolored teeth can affect our confidence and also make us look older. Fortunately, our expert team at Strathcona DentalClinic, Edmonton can help restore your bright smile quickly and conveniently.
How Teeth Become Discolored
Teeth can become stained due to changes within the tooth or from surface stains. The inner structure of the tooth, which is called the dentin, can become discolored for a variety of reasons. For example, trauma to a tooth can sometimes lead to changes within the structure and discoloration.
As we age, changes to the teeth can also contribute to discoloration. Keep in mind, dentin has a yellowish color. The dentin can darken as we age. Plus, the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, can thin. Thinner enamel allows the dentin color to be more visible, so teeth appear yellow. But that’s not all. The enamel can also become stained by what we eat and drink. Wine, soda and coffee are all culprits when it comes to staining teeth. Smoking also often leads to discoloration.
At Home Teeth Whitening Can Brighten Your Smile
Home whitening is a simple way to improve your smile. At our dental office in Edmonton, we’ll start the process by taking an impression of both your upper and lower teeth. The impressions allow us to custom make whitening trays specifically for your teeth.
At home, you’ll fill the trays with the gel we provide and place the trays in your mouth for about 30 minutes each time. Your teeth will gradually whiten over time. Most people achieve their desired results in about two weeks.
The custom made trays are more effective and comfortable than over the counter trays, which may not fit your mouth properly. An ill-fitted tray may lead to gel leaking onto your gums causing irritation. A custom made tray fits your mouth and prevents that problem.
Home teeth whitening kits can be very effective in brightening your smile and removing stains. But depending on your individual situation, procedures, such as tooth bonding or veneers may be something to consider. Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to discuss options for brightening your smile.
Please call Strathcona Dental Clinic at (780) 4331154 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/ .