As the masks come off, you may be more concerned with the appearance of your smile. Yellow or discolored teeth may be embarrassing, but many of the products on the market that promise whiter teeth damage your teeth without giving you the brighter appearance they promised. Bleach whiteners are one of these dangerous products.
There are two different types of discoloration- extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic discoloration is stains caused by the foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee. These stains can be treated with whitening toothpaste and brushing. Intrinsic stains are discoloration in the teeth that appears from the inside of the tooth due to factors like aging, infections, or medication use. This type of discoloration cannot be removed with healthy brushing habits, and patients should seek professional whitening treatments.
However, for intrinsic stains, many bleach products promise consumers clean, white teeth and a healthy mouth, but in reality, these whiteners are doing much more damage to the teeth than they do help. Hydrogen peroxide is one of the main ingredients found in bleaching products. This chemical wears down your enamel, the protective layer that covers your teeth. Without this enamel, you will experience much more pain and sensitivity when eating or drinking, and once this enamel is gone, it cannot be regrown, leading to more costly treatments to try and reduce tooth sensitivity.
These products can also cause pain while using them because of the chemicals found in bleach. This pain can also linger for long periods after the bleaching is done. If you have any cavities, cracks in the tooth, or cuts in the gums, bleach treatments can also be very painful to apply. Additionally, bleach treatments can be harmful to those with gum disease, as the exposed tissue and teeth can be harmed by the chemicals.
The best way to keep your teeth healthy and bright is with daily, healthy oral habits, like brushing or flossing. But if you seek a treatment that will brighten the appearance of your smile, we suggest the professional whitening treatments from Printers Row Dental Studio, like the KöR Whitening treatment.
The KöR Whitening system is the best in whitening technology and provides patients with 6-10 hours of whitening activity and vibrant results. KöR Whitening treatments can be performed at our office or in an easy-to-use take-home portion for your convenience.
To learn more about how the KöR Whitening system can give you a healthy and beautiful smile, call us today at (312) 435-0411!