A Look At Whiter Teeth

Posted on: 21 December 2016

If you are like many people, you do not fully understand teeth-whitening procedures. You may wonder why most people do not have white teeth. Perhaps you are obsessed with getting your own teeth whiter, or you may find yourself wondering if people with discolored teeth have bad oral hygiene habits. The following points will help you understand some critical facts about tooth whitening.

Whitening Toothpastes

Many people choose to try whitening toothpaste in their first attempts to get whiter teeth. However, whitening toothpaste is not ideal for everyone. People who have damaged enamel might experience tooth sensitivity when they use whitening toothpaste. Enamel can become damaged as the result of decay or acid erosion. 


Some people have discolored teeth due to their diet habits. For example, tomato-based sauces, colas, coffee, and tea are all examples of foods that can discolor teeth. These types of discolorations may look unsightly, but they are not necessarily a sign of "bad teeth" or of bad oral hygiene habits. People who are able to get these stains removed should consider drinking beverages through a straw to minimize contact with their teeth. They can also limit the foods they consume that can cause stains.


There are many people who have discolored teeth as a result of current or past medications. There are even some medications that can lead to tooth decay. Some people are not aware of the side effects of these drugs, and others may be aware, but there might not be an alternative drug available to meet their needs. Sometimes the damage done by medications requires more than tooth whitening. A dentist can determine if your teeth will benefit from a whitening service or whether a more aggressive approach is needed. 

Professional Whitening Options

When you think of professional tooth whitening, you might be tempted to think that it will be a time-consuming office visit. This is one reason that people choose to have the service performed when they have their routine cleanings performed. Even if you decide to get tooth whitening between appointments, there are several options. For example, you can get the service performed in the office. Your dentist might also offer patients an at-home whitening option that can be done in your spare time. 

Advanced Whitening Solutions

As mentioned, some people will need a more aggressive approach than whitening can offer. If one or a few teeth are affected, veneers and tooth-colored crowns might be suggested by the dentist for aesthetics and protection. Click here to continue reading more.


About Marcel and the Dentist

Hi, my name is Marcel. Welcome to my site! I started it to help others learn about children's dentistry. Most of us don't remember dentist trips from our early childhood. Maybe we didn't even really care about our teeth until we started losing baby teeth. In my case, I became interested in children's dentistry as a young father. When my kids were young, I was a student, and our insurance did not cover visits to the dentist. Although my wife and I tried to teach our kids good hygiene on our own, it was difficult. When we we finally able to take them to the dentist, my little girls were scared and didn't know what was going on. Luckily, they appreciate the dentist now that they are older, but their first experiences helped teach me more about the importance of children's dentistry. Hopefully you can learn from my experiences!