The White Matter
Baby teeth are characteristically whiter than adult teeth. As we age, our teeth become yellower or darker. This is why we associate radiant white teeth with youth and vitality.
The main causes of discolored teeth include antibiotics (like tetracycline and some acne medications), genetics, smoking, acidic food, tooth decay, trauma and excessive levels of fluoride. Mouthwashes that contain Chlorhexidine, and tannins found in coffee and tea also cast brown stains on the enamel.
In-office treatment by a dental practitioner is considered the most effective and safest whitening option.
The Way To Pearly Whites
There are different ways to whiten teeth. You can either have dental professionals do it or you can do the treatment at home with commercially available do-it-yourself products.
Over- the-counter (OTC) products whitening kits are popular because they are less costly and are generally easy to use. These incudes enamel paints, whitening strips, gums and toothpastes, and mouth trays with gels.
In-office treatment by a dental practitioner is considered the most effective and safest whitening option. Dental experts are best qualified to carry out issues like teeth sensitivity. A single visit can brighten up your teeth to about 10 shades in about an hour.