Have you been up and down the oral hygiene aisle at the local grocery store trying teeth whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, and gels with little to no change in the shade of your smile? Are you spending your spare time checking out dubious DIY smile brightening ideas on YouTube? Put down the white strips, leave the charcoal in the grill, and call Capron Park Dental to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist and team in Attleboro. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to deliver flawless smiles, including in-office and take-home teeth whitening options that deliver smiles up to ten shades brighter.
Before we recommend teeth whitening, we want to understand the underlying causes of your dental discoloration. There are many reasons teeth may become discolored, but some of the most common causes of tooth staining include the following;
Teeth whitening relies on an active whitening agent to lift stains from the porous surfaces of teeth through a chemical process called oxidation. You may be familiar with oxidation in some of its less-positive manifestations like causing rust or rotting food, but oxidation is also how we clean clothes and dishes as well as whiten teeth. Every tooth has three layers – the hard, porous outer enamel, supportive yellow dentin, and the soft pulp. The thicker and healthier the enamel, the brighter the smile. Teeth whitening agents create an oxidation reaction that bubbles through the porous enamel lifting away stains. Unfortunately, saliva is constantly working to neutralize chemical reactions in the mouth, including oxidation. This is where store bought teeth whitening solutions typically fail. They allow the saliva to access and neutralize the whitening agent, stopping the smile brightening process in its tracks.