One of the most common complaints people have about their smile is discolored teeth. Unfortunately, discolored teeth can give people the impression that your teeth are unhealthy, you are old, or that you don’t take care of your teeth. Fortunately, teeth whitening works great to get rid of most tooth staining, leaving you with a more attractive smile that makes a positive impression.
If you would like to learn whether teeth whitening in Wilmington, NC can help you get a more attractive smile, please call 910-392-6060 or contact Kuzma Advanced Dentistry today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist.
Benefits of Whiter Teeth
People are concerned about discolored teeth because the whiteness of your teeth is one of the most visible aspects of your smile. Not only that, it’s an important part of the impression your smile makes. Studies have shown that people with whiter teeth make a better first impression. They are:
- More likely to be offered a job
- More likely to be offered a higher salary
- Better lifetime earners
- More likely to be asked out on a date
- More likely to be asked out on a second date
- Perceived as healthier, more intelligent, more wealthy, and even more compassionate
In some cases, the effects are small, but cumulatively, teeth whitening can have a big impact on your life.
Causes of Teeth Stains
In most cases, discoloration of teeth is just surface staining. It is caused by exposure to organic molecules found in a number of common sources including:
- Red wine
- Dark beer
- Tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco
The organic molecules penetrate into your teeth and become stuck there. Staining can be gradual at first, but the cumulative effect is very visible.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Teeth whitening works by breaking down and removing the staining molecules from your teeth. Peroxide penetrates your tooth enamel and attacks the staining molecules. They break down and are removed. We offer two kinds of teeth whitening in our office.
With Zoom! teeth whitening, we apply a very strong whitening compound in our office. It aggressively attacks the stains. We also use a catalyzing light that helps the peroxide reactivate after it’s attached to a stain molecule so that it can remove more stains. In less than an hour with Zoom! teeth whitening, you can have significantly whiter teeth.
We also offer take-home teeth whitening. In this teeth whitening approach, we custom-craft special trays that you wear at your convenience on a daily basis. You put whitening gel in the trays and gradually whiten your teeth over time. The results aren’t as immediate, but your teeth will ultimately get whiter, and you can maintain these results forever.
If Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Work
For some people, discolored teeth aren’t a matter of simple stains. Instead, discoloration comes from within the enamel or even the pulp of the tooth. Teeth whitening can’t whiten your teeth if this is the case. Instead, we will recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns to cover the discolored teeth.