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By The Dental Spa
August 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth staining is something that few of us can avoid. Our teeth yellow naturally as we age, and many lifestyle factors can affect the teeth whiteningbrightness of your smile. The good news is that for most people, it’s easy to restore your smile to a whiter shine. Teeth whitening is one of the most sought-after cosmetic dentistry treatments, due to its simplicity and its dramatic impact on your look.

Why Do Teeth Stain?

There are many reasons that teeth can become discolored, including trauma, disease, and the use of certain medications. However, the most common sources of tooth staining are:

Time. As the years go by, the enamel on your teeth becomes thinner and reveals the yellow tinge of the dentin beneath.

Food and drink. Frequent drinkers of red wine, tea, coffee, and/or cola may find that their teeth become stained more quickly.

Tobacco use. Repeated exposure to nicotine and tar can darken your teeth significantly. Heavy smokers often find that their teeth turn a shade of brown.

Poor dental hygiene. Forgetting to brush, floss, or have your teeth professionally cleaned can lead to staining. The buildup of plaque and tartar will discolor your teeth and lead to more serious conditions as well.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

First, your Woodbridge dentist will apply protective barriers to your lips and gums. Then they'll apply the bleaching agent to your teeth, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This peroxide-based substance breaks up the stain molecules and lifts them out of your enamel.

Teeth whitening is a low-risk procedure when performed by a dental professional. Results can last up to several years, depending on your lifestyle and dental hygiene habits.

Woodbridge Teeth Whitening

Don't let yellow teeth make you embarrassed to show off your smile. If you're looking to get rid of those unsightly stains and freshen up your look, a whitening treatment could be just what you need. For teeth whitening in Woodbridge, VA, call your dentist at Dental Spa.

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