Your smile is the easiest way to make an immediate visual impact on the people you meet, and we all know a brighter smile communicates happiness, warmth and radiant health. A brighter smile can even make you look younger and more successful. However, unless you are born with naturally strong white teeth, you might notice that smile fading over time. Visiting the best Colorado Springs dentist can help you get the white smile you deserve.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
As we age, our adult teeth can become darker, stained or yellowish. This may be why whiter teeth have the ability to make people look younger. And just as there are many ways to brighten your teeth, there are also several different ways that they can become discolored.
The main causes of darker looking teeth are antibiotics, genetics, and certain foods. Internal tooth discoloration may be caused by changes in the tooth enamel and dentin, usually by way of exposure to high levels of fluoride or the use of certain antibiotics as a child. Tooth decay, dental restorations and root canal therapy can also cause teeth to darken. Tooth discoloration can also be caused by factors outside of the body, mainly tobacco, coffee, tea and tannin-rich foods.
Teeth whitening is still one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile!
Take a professional approach
Are you tired of trying to whiten your teeth with special toothpastes, strips or mouthwash? While there are many over-the-counter products that claim to whiten teeth, a professional approach is much more effective. At Dr. Tara Pool's Colorado Springs dental office, our staff is well-trained in the latest teeth whitening technology.
Generally, there are two accepted methods used to whiten teeth – in-office bleaching and home bleaching. While in-office bleaching may be faster, it is also the most expensive. Home bleaching may take longer but research has shown that it achieves the best and longest lasting results.
Are there alternatives to bleaching?
At Dublin Dental Center, we use an exciting new product called Icon to eliminate localized tooth discoloration without bleach, veneers, bonding or drilling. Icon actually changes the enamel’s consistency and seals it off, allowing the discoloration of the tooth to assume the color of the healthy surrounding teeth.
How valuable is your smile?
Statistics show that we place an unusually high value on smiles. In fact, a recent survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reveals that 99.7% adults find a smile to be an important social asset. No doubt, an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to the opposite sex. But can an unattractive smile be a liability? The survey says “Yes!” Almost three-quarters of adults said an unattractive smile could hurt one’s chances for career success.
What is the most effective way to improve your smile? The most common response was whiter and brighter teeth! So if you’re not happy with your smile, ask the best Colorado Springs dentist about our teeth whitening services.