Teeth Whitening in Windermere Edmonton
Have you ever thought about whitening your teeth? If you go to lengths to keep your mouth clean and healthy, it’s no wonder you’d like them to look as clean as they feel! Teeth whitening has become so popular that it’s commonly found in drugstores, at your dentist’s office and online. The methods vary, some using strips while others use trays, and whitening can be found in mouth rinses, toothpastes and even chewing gum! If you’ve got questions about teeth whitening, it will help to first understand more about the environment inside the mouth.
“Whiter Teeth in Just 20 Minutes”
The environment inside your mouth has some impact on how much your teeth will stain over time. You see, inside the mouth there are bacteria of many strains that reproduce quickly in the mouth because they thrive in warm, wet environments. Since these bacteria need food like the rest of us, they rely on sugars and food debris for their sustenance. As these bacteria consume sugars from our last meal, they proliferate and form what’s known as plaque – a thin bacterial film in the mouth. When these bacteria are full, they deliver an acidic excretion to your mouth which harms your enamel and contributes to decay.
We can keep these bacteria to reasonable numbers by brushing and flossing regularly, preferably after each meal. This sweeps the mouth clean of plaque and does not allow it to collect. Left too long, plaque that accumulates along the collars of the teeth can begin to calcify into what’s known as tartar. Tartar becomes so hard that it cannot be removed without the skill of a dental hygienist. It irritates the gums and can lead to periodontal disease in severe cases. What’s it got to do with whitening? Well, tartar gets stained and can give the appearance of yellow/brown teeth. If you haven’t been for a professional cleaning, it may be wise to have any tartar removed prior to attempting to whiten the teeth.
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Outside the Tooth
You likely already know that the outside of our teeth is covered with a substance known as enamel. What you may not know about enamel is that it is formed of many tubes leading from the outside of the tooth to the inner layer. Because enamel is porous and quite transparent, stainers enter the inner material of the tooth through the tubes/pores and the yellow colour we see is what is visible through the enamel. Men tend to show more discolouration than women as they age because their teeth tend to be larger, and some discolouration of the teeth is expected as our natural teeth age.
Inside the Tooth
The inside of the tooth, the part that becomes stained, is what’s known as dentin. It’s what forms the majority of our tooth, since enamel stops at the gum line. Dentin contains a chamber in the center of the tooth known as the pulp and this chamber also contains the nerve. Tooth whitening works by acting on dentin.
Nutrition and Your Teeth
What you choose to consume as far as your diet and lifestyle can also have a dramatic effect on the overall shade of your teeth. If you are eating a diet full of protein, water and fresh leafy greens, your diet is likely not significantly contributing to any discolouration. If, however, you smoke, drink alcoholic or carbonated beverages or partake regularly of coffee and red wine, your teeth may begin to reflect it. Sugars in pop and juice contribute to the acid attack on our teeth as we consume them, so it is best not to sip them slowly but to drink them in one sitting along with a meal. Alcohol and carbonation is acidic and attacks the enamel – add colouring such as in red wine and you’ve got a recipe for discoloured teeth with time. When possible, it may help to consume these ‘stainers’ with a straw to limit its ability to stain the front of the dental arches or choose water as a healthier choice.
Clinical Strength Whitening
Teeth whitening solution is made with peroxide. The solution penetrates the enamel and acts to whiten it or bleach it. Although the solution is effective for the task, it does result in dehydrated dentin. Dehydrated dentin can put pressure on the chamber inside the tooth causing temporary pain until the dentin is rehydrated. This is the reason that many patients choose to whiten their teeth under the care of a dentist. Not only is clinical solution stronger than over-the-counter solutions, but it also provides access to professional rehydrating solutions to mitigate the discomfort felt by some patients. Clinical whitening also uses custom trays to ensure that bleaching solution is only applied to the teeth and not to the gums or other soft tissues. Much of the discomfort of at-home treatments is chemical irritation of the gums due to the bleaching strip which overlays part of the gums.
Changes in diet and lifestyle can make a world of difference to the appearance of your teeth! If you are interested in complimenting your smile with a tooth whitening treatment, or if you want to know more about our other services offered by our general dentist, contact our clinic today!