More Americans than ever have become focused on finding ways to whiten their teeth. Some surveys show that 80% of Americans aged 18 to 49 want whiter teeth. Teeth whitening products are out there and actively being used, with approximately 1.8 billion dollars being spent last year alone on over-the-counter teeth whitening products.
But for some, no amount of whitening products seem to make a difference. Many don’t realize that people can have naturally yellow, or yellowish, teeth.
There are ways to give you the smile you want, but it may not be as simple as over-the-counter whiteners.
Thankfully, the right dentist’s office can give you the options and tools to achieve the white smile of your dreams and South Charlotte Dentistry is the perfect dentist for just that. With plentiful choices related to cosmetic dentistry, you’ll be best positioned for the perfect smile.
Understanding The Color of Your Teeth
Typically, people conflate yellow teeth with poor dental hygiene or other underlying oral health problems. For many that have those concerns, you don’t need to worry! While yellow teeth can sometimes point to those issues, oftentimes they’re a result of genetic traits that contribute to tooth color.
The enamel on your teeth is what gives your smile the whitish tint that so many are striving for in their teeth. But the layer of dentin underneath that layer of enamel is what contributes to the yellow-ish color. Some people are born or grow to have a naturally thinner, or more translucent layer of enamel, which leads to a more yellow smile.
If that’s the case, it’s hard to have a huge impact on tooth color with just over-the-counter whiteners. Though, if you need help figuring out if the color of your teeth is a result of genetics or a few missteps in your dental care routine, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with a dentist to help you understand.
Preventing Yellowing In The First Place
One of the best ways to achieve a white smile is by taking steps to prevent yellowing in the first place. It is often much easier to keep a whiter smile than return to one. And, if your end goal is still an overall brighter smile, it’s important to make sure you limit yellowing in the meantime. There are a few helpful things you can do to prevent tooth staining —
- Tooth brushing and flossing, while seen as a non-starter, are a necessary baseline. An astounding amount of Americans don’t brush their teeth at the recommended twice a day, very few floss, and even fewer are brushing their teeth correctly. Upping your dental care is vital and everyone can stand to benefit from re-examining their oral hygiene rituals.
- Finding the right toothpaste is another aspect of combatting stains. Kinds of toothpaste with the express purpose of stain-fighting are typically your best bet, though asking your dentist what brand they would recommend for you is another good idea. While brushing your teeth is important doing so without the proper toothpaste makes the effort much less worth it.
- Keep watch on stain-causing foods. Dark drinks, wines, sodas, etc. are typically the biggest causes of stains. Limiting how much you consume, or keeping a reusable straw handy, is a good way to keep your teeth protected.
- Stay hydrated. Your saliva plays an important role in keeping your teeth and oral health in top shape. Drinking water after meals and throughout the day has a huge impact on every aspect of your dental condition, even impacting tooth color.
- Give up the tobacco products. They are dangerous for oral health (and other aspects of health) and among the worst products regarding staining and the yellowing of your teeth.
Other Factors That Could Impact The Color Of Your Teeth
While people oftentimes blame tooth brushing or other normal hygiene routines as the drivers between yellow teeth, there are other habits and conditions that greatly impact tooth color.
- Grinding teeth.
- Brushing teeth too hard or fast.
- Drinking dark drinks like certain sodas, teas, coffee, and wine.
- Eating foods that are high in sugars.
- Eating foods that are high in acidity.
- Using tobacco products like chewing tobacco or smoking.
- Allowing plaque to accumulate.
- Age, as time goes on, teeth are typically yellow.
A Cautionary Tale of Over-The-Counter Whiteners
So, if genetics are the main driver of your yellowish teeth but you’ve been using over-the-counter whiteners frequently, there could be a problem. Over whitening happens when you’ve gone a bit too far in your use of whiteners. Oftentimes this happens because people want to see results and have the inclination to use whiteners until they see progress.
Below are just a few ways that overusing whiteners can actually damage your teeth and oral health overall.
- Increases tooth sensitivity, making cold or hot foods painful or discomforting.
- Irritates gums, the peroxide often found in whiteners can irritate and redden gums, usually a result of loose-fitting whitening trays or products.
- Weakens or destroys layers of enamel, which coincidentally gives your smile the whiteness in the first place.
Whatever the case, if you practice moderation with whiteners you should be fine, just don’t think that increasing routines or use will result in a better smile, and know that sometimes it can have the opposite effect.
South Charlotte Dentistry’s Solutions
While this is the most known solution to tooth color woes, it goes a long way, oftentimes a professional whitening will have much more impact than traditional over-the-counter methods. South Charlotte Dentistry utilizes whitening trays, which makes them one of the most competitive and affordable dentists in tooth whitening procedures in the Charlotte area. The custom fitting of trays by a dentist also eliminates the potential negatives of OTC trays, which is an all-around win for anyone seeking a better smile.
Still, whitening can only do so much when much of tooth color is genetic and a result of years and years of habits. But, there’s a solution to that problem —
Knowing that some of the factors related to your teeth’s color are predetermined can have you feeling a bit hopeless. But, outside of preventative measures, South Charlotte Dentistry has the perfect solution to getting you the smile of your dreams, in just a few weeks — Veeners
Veneers are thin, custom-fitted, shells made to fit the front of your teeth.
The installation of veneers usually requires the removal of a small layer of enamel but afterward, you have a much brighter smile. Color isn’t the only thing they can correct, you can also expect to see an overall straighter smile, with fewer general imperfections.
Another excellent benefit veneers bring is that they’re quick to install, veneers are one quickest most transformative solutions to any smile problems with South Charlotte Dentistry’s professionals you can usually be fitted and ready to go in three or so weeks. South Charlotte Dentistry focuses on porcelain veneers, one of two options when looking for veneers. But porcelain has substantial benefits!
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
- Unlike crowns, porcelain veneers allow minimal alteration to the natural tooth.
- Porcelain veneers are custom-sculpted for your teeth, thus making the veneer almost unnoticeable to the naked eye.
- Porcelain veneers are perfect for resisting stains caused by drinks, food, and cigarette smoke.
- Porcelain veneers create a perfect white smile.
- Porcelain veneers do not require pre-procedure shaping as crowns need.
So, if you feel like you’ve done everything under the sun to improve your smile to no avail, consider reaching out to South Charlotte Dentistry today to see if veneers or a whitening session would work for you. And in choosing a professional with thousands of hours of experience in all things dental like the staff at South Charlotte Dentistry you’re guaranteed to have a white smile made to last.