In most situations, contacting the dentist and requesting a cosmetic whitening procedure is sufficient to repair the damage and return your teeth to a more appealing hue. However, if the enamel is severely worn away, there is no repairing it. The only solution is to replace it with another piece of enamel.
Enamel is the protective material that covers the surface of the tooth. It helps prevent substances such as acidic foods and beverages from contacting the dentin, which lies beneath the enamel. As you age, your enamel may wear away due to acid attacks from food or drink, causing it to become thin or transparent. This is called erosion.
If significant amounts of enamel are lost, then dental implants may be recommended as a permanent solution to replace the missing tissue. Implants are small titanium posts that are placed into your jawbone where they can grow into healthy bone tissue. Once the implants are in place, they allow for the attachment of other teeth or artificial replacements to restore your smile.
With any type of treatment, oral surgery included, there is a chance of complications arising. If you experience any pain when chewing or drinking hot liquids, then contact your dentist right away so that any necessary treatments can be done to prevent further injury to your mouth.
Teeth that are naturally yellowish in color may be able to be whitened. Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and strips, on the other hand, are inadequate. Professional-grade bleaching treatments, like as carbamide peroxide, can be used by your dentist to penetrate the enamel and fully whiten your smile. However, not all yellow teeth are the same and it is important to understand what causes certain colors of teeth before beginning any type of treatment.
The color of your teeth comes from two factors: their surface texture and how they're made up inside your mouth. The texture of your teeth's surfaces determines their appearance; some are smooth while others have small bumps or angles. This also affects how much light can reflect off of them which influences how white they appear. For example, the white portion of your teeth will look darker if there are more brown or black spots present on them since these areas prevent light from reflecting back out toward the camera lens.
The color of your teeth is also influenced by what's called dentin. This is the material inside your teeth that absorbs blood pigment called melanin. If you have dark-colored teeth, then you too are born with a lot of melanin which makes your teeth appear black. However, over time your body produces less of this pigment which allows for your teeth to become lighter again. There are several factors involved in this process including but not limited to age, gender, ethnicity, and genetics.
Your teeth will almost probably be whitened slightly throughout the cleaning process as we remove any plaque and tartar accumulation. If you want a brighter smile, however, there is no substitute for professional teeth whitening. At-home products can only do so much to improve your smile's appearance.
You should schedule regular dental cleanings at least twice a year if not more. Cleaning your teeth regularly helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist will be able to tell if anything needs repair before it causes pain. A healthy mouth makes for beautiful teeth!
The next time you are thinking about scheduling a deep cleaning, think again. This procedure removes any harmful substances from inside your teeth including bacteria, tartar, and even some stains. However, like most things in life, too much of a good thing isn't always good. The chemicals used in these procedures can damage your gums over time if you go too far with it. It's best to leave such tasks to your dentist or oral hygienist. They will be able to advise you on how to properly clean your teeth without harming yourself or your pearly whites.
Teeth whitening is another matter altogether. This process uses ingredients such as peroxide which lighten your teeth by breaking down the color within them.
Here are a few suggestions to follow after whitening your teeth if you want to preserve your sparkling smile glowing bright white.