Early & Late Hours Available • Wellington Dental Emergencies Welcome
Wellington Teeth Whitening
Wellington teeth whitening is available at Gumucio Dental. Discoloration on the teeth can detract from the attractiveness of your smile. Whitening the teeth is a simple process but requires more than one step. To maintain a brighter smile, whitening needs to be repeated periodically.
What causes teeth to need whitening?
The color of your natural teeth depends upon the reflection of light off of enamel plus the color of the dentin under the enamel. Wellington teeth whitening is often sought because of the fact that merely having certain genes affects the smoothness and thickness of the enamel. When the enamel is thinner, more of the shade of the dentin underneath shows through. The reflection of light on enamel is affected by how rough or smooth the enamel is, as well.
Tooth enamel is porous and can hold stains, causing the need for Wellington teeth whitening. Each day, a thin coating known as pellicle forms on the teeth, picking up on stains. Tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains. The top three reasons teeth become yellow or stained are:
- Failing to take proper care of teeth;
- Tobacco use; and
- Drinking liquids that are dark in color, including coffee, tea, red wine, and colored soft drinks.
Aging is an additional reason Wellington teeth whitening may be requested. As we age, our teeth become less bright, enamel thins out, and the dentin becomes darker.
Stains can also develop inside of teeth. These intrinsic stains can be caused in children by exposure to too much fluoride when teeth are developing.
Tetracycline antibiotics can stain a child’s teeth in two known circumstances, those being:
- If a mother takes tetracycline antibiotics during the second half of her pregnancy cycle and
- If tetracycline antibiotics are taken by a child younger than 9 years old.
Teeth can also darken as a result of trauma.
Preparation for Wellington Teeth Whitening
Before treatment for Wellington teeth whitening occurs, it may be necessary to address other oral issues. If you have cavities, for example, they need to be treated prior to whitening. This is important because whitening can reach the tooth’s inner parts, making it more difficult to provide proper dental care.
An x-ray may be done prior to whitening. In addition, your Gumucio Dental professional may examine your teeth and ask questions, to determine what is causing the staining. A dental hygienist will clean your teeth before the procedure for whitening begins, in most cases.
Wellington Teeth Whitening Procedures
You can opt for in-office teeth whitening or at-home Wellington teeth whitening. In-office treatment affects only the front eight upper and lower teeth. This is part of an effective whitening program of treatment that is completed at home.
The benefits of tooth whitening can last for one year or more, and it depends upon your routine of daily dental care. The effects of whitening will last longer if home whitening products are used for routine maintenance.
Are you unsure whether whitening your teeth is something you should do? Consider this statistic: About 99.7 percent of all adults believe a smile is a valuable social asset. If you are ready to gain more confidence in your smile, contact us today at Gumucio Dental for effective Wellington teeth whitening.
Ready to make a change?
Schedule a free, no obligation consultation online today.