A number of factors can cause your pearly whites to lose their luster and turn a yellowish hue. And while smoking and oral tobacco-use are a primary culprit, your diet can have a dramatic impact on the color of your teeth.
Beverages that are rich in tannins like red wine can stain tooth enamel over time, as can drinks like soda, coffee, and black tea. Of course, diligent brushing and flossing can go a long way toward maintaining a brilliant smile, but you can’t control the effects of father time. As you age, the enamel covering the teeth becomes thinner making the yellow dentin inside more noticeable.
Yellow teeth can also result from excess fluoride exposure, especially among young children whose adult teeth are still developing.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live with stained or discolored teeth. By limiting stain-causing food and drinks, avoiding tobacco, and getting regular dental cleanings, you help prevent discoloration in the first place.
Home whitening remedies abound: from activated charcoal to fruit peels and baking soda rinses. While these treatments may be quick and easy, there is no real evidence that they work, or don’t cause more harm than good.
When it comes to brightening yellow teeth both safely and effectively, visit your local dentist for a one-on-one teeth whitening consultation. Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, many of our patients have tried over-the-counter whitening products with little success. Others need a quick smile makeover for an upcoming social event. Whatever the case, it is possible to go from dull, yellowish teeth to a gleaming bright white, either gradually or in one office visit, depending on your goals.
Toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth can help remove superficial stains, but more severe discoloration requires a much deeper level of bleaching. Our in-office tooth whitening treatments are more powerful than drugstore pastes or kits since they contain a higher concentration of carbamide peroxide (the bleaching agent).
The system uses an LED accelerating light to activate the gel’s whitening ingredients, resulting in a more luminous smile in just 20 minutes. Imagine lightening your teeth 2-5 shades in less than half an hour!
Once you’ve decided to invest in a brighter smile, the next step is making an appointment with Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. Our professional-strength teeth whitening treatments can help you say goodbye to stains and hello to a more confident and radiant you.
Depending on your preferences and level of tooth discoloration, we may recommend our in-office teeth whitening system, Sinsational Smiles®, or an at-home system that uses custom-made trays. Both tooth whitening options are economical and deliver outstanding results.
For more information about whitening your smile or other cosmetic dentistry treatments, please give our Rocky Point office a call today at 631.296.0588.
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