What’s Your Smile Age?
Your age shows all over your body, from smile lines around your eyes to the vibrancy of your hair. Your age can even show in your teeth. Simply put, younger teeth look whiter while older teeth take on a dull, yellowish appearance. This phenomenon can be attributed to thinning enamel (which reveals more of the greyish dentin beneath it) and the accumulation of stains and discolorations for years of consuming coffee, tea, wine, and other darkly colored or acidic foods and drinks. Results from a study conducted at Berlin’s Max Planck Institute show that people perceive those with discolored or stained teeth as older, while people with whiter teeth are perceived as younger. So, even if you do your best to minimize wrinkles and have youthful approach to life, your smile could betray your real age.
Our Teeth Whitening Treatment Options
To help combat the aging effects of a drab looking smile, Lathrop Dental Center offers professional teeth whitening. We offer:
- KöR Deep Bleaching. For whitening that’s strong enough to remove even tetracycline stains. KöR’s dual system combines a maximum strength in-office treatment with take home whitening trays. KöR provides powerful, reliable results that are surprisingly gentle.
- Take-Home Whitening Trays. Custom made trays and professional strength whitening gel offer dependable results in a convenient at-home format. Depending on your unique whitening needs, you can wear the trays for as little 30 minutes a day. After 3-4 days, your teeth will look noticeably brighter. In 1-2 weeks your smile could look up to 8 shades brighter.
Although both methods are effective, some discolorations simply cannot be removed from the enamel. In cases like this, other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers might offer an effective solution for obtaining a bright, beautiful, youthful looking smile.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy and Bright
A few minor lifestyle changes can help extend the results of your in-office or at-home whitening treatment:
- Careful, consistent dental hygiene is the best way to maintain whiter teeth and healthier gums. Brush after meals and floss once a day, preferably just before bed.
- Be aware of darkly colored or highly acidic foods and beverages that can leave stains. You shouldn’t have to avoid these foods and drinks altogether; just be sure to brush or rinse after consuming them. Notorious strainers include coffee, tea (black, green, and some herbal), wine (red and white), dark berries and cherries, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, and curry.
- When you find your smile in need of a touch up, talk to Dr. Lathrop about obtaining refill tubes of whitening gel to use with your at home trays.