At Smile 4 Less Orthodontics, we offer state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatments to our patients to safely remove enamel stains and brighten their smiles. Your tooth enamel is naturally porous and absorbs colors and dyes from dark-colored foods and beverages over time. Smoking cigarettes will also stain your enamel. While brushing your teeth can help remove these surface stains, it will not restore your teeth to their natural color or make a noticeable difference in deep-set discoloration.
Professional teeth whitening uses concentrated peroxide-based bleaching agents to remove deep-set stains beneath the enamel. The bleaches work by chemically penetrating the enamel and breaking up any molecules that have bonded to the internal layer of the teeth while releasing oxygen particles from the gel. This reaction oxidizes and lifts stains, lightening the color of your teeth for a brighter smile.
The Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Tooth discoloration is a common dental issue that affects both children and adults. It can be caused by various factors such as poor oral hygiene, diet, and smoking. The most common cause of tooth discoloration is plaque buildup.
Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth. It is made up of bacteria, food particles, and saliva. Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, which is more difficult to remove. If plaque and tartar are not removed, they can cause tooth discoloration, as well as tooth decay and gum disease.
Another cause of tooth discoloration is staining from food and drinks. Coffee, tea, red wine, and red sauces can all stain your teeth.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
One of the major benefits of teeth whitening is that it can make you feel more confident in the appearance of your teeth. People who have stained teeth may shy away from smiling in front of others and may even avoid speaking with others in public because they feel self-conscious about their teeth.
When you are confident in your smile, you tend to be more confident in many other areas of your life. For this reason alone, many people seek out professional whitening treatments.
Improves Oral Health
In addition to teeth whitening making you feel more attractive and confident in your appearance, it can also improve your oral health. People who feel self-conscious about their teeth are less likely to brush them properly or seek regular dental care. As a result, those with stained teeth often have more cavities and other issues than people who feel confident about their smiles. After a professional whitening treatment, you are more likely to take better care of your oral health.
Teeth whitening is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure that can transform your smile. If you have any questions regarding teeth whitening or would like to schedule an appointment, visit Smile 4 Less Orthodontics at any of our three locations in El Paso, TX, or call (915) 304-3090.