You can prevent a lot of things by taking consistently good care of your teeth and gums. Brushing them at least twice a day and flossing at least once can stop oral bacteria from overwhelming them with plaque. Removing the plaque can stop it from calcifying (hardening) into tartar. However, even with excellent hygiene practices, you might not always be able to successfully prevent your teeth from staining. For example, molecules from your food and beverages can cling to your tooth enamel even after cleaning your teeth, and over time, they can make your smile seem dull. Fortunately, with professional teeth-whitening, erasing teeth stains and brightening your smile may be easier than you expected.
The most common stains to form on your teeth are known as extrinsic teeth stains. They develop on the outer layers of your tooth enamel, which is the highly mineralized barrier that protects your main tooth structure. Tooth enamel is semi-translucent, but when it stains and becomes discolored, it can dramatically impact the appearance of your smile. To erase the stains and brighten your smile’s appearance again, we may suggest cosmetic teeth-whitening, which safely and effectively breaks and removes the stains on your teeth.
Teeth-whitening is a topical treatment that doesn’t involve any changes to your tooth structure. Using a set of custom-designed trays made to fit comfortably over your teeth, you can safely apply the whitening gel to your teeth for a couple of hours each day at home. The trays help ensure the even application of the gel for optimal results, and also helps protect your gums and oral tissues from being exposed to the solution for too long. After about 10 days, the gel will effectively erase the stains that have developed on your tooth enamel and brighten the tooth structure underneath it, restoring your smile’s youthful glow.
The good news about teeth-whitening is that it’s as convenient as it is effective. For example, you can keep your custom whitening trays to brighten up your smile again in the future, if the need arises. Because teeth can stain naturally over time, the convenience of teeth-whitening is one of the most important benefits of the custom-designed treatment.
Teeth stains may be common, but you don’t have to deal with them for long when they appear. To learn more about professional teeth-whitening treatment, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.