Many people are self-conscious about their smile. One of the biggest issues we worry about is the color of our teeth and how they appear in photographs or in-person. There are two main factors impacting the color of your natural teeth:
- Light hitting the top layer of the teeth, called the enamel
- The color of the under-layer of the teeth called the dentin
Your genetics dictate how your teeth start off looking, but your oral hygiene and eating and drinking habits affect your teeth far more throughout the span of your life. As enamel thins over time, the dentin begins to show through, giving teeth a slightly gray or bone-colored appearance.
Teeth Whitening Benefits
Besides leaving you with a brilliantly bright smile, teeth whitening can perform additional magic in your life, such as:
- Increased confidence
- More smiles—you’re going to want to show off those pearly whites!
- A more youthful appearance
Five Signs It’s Time for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening isn’t for everyone, and it’s not always a necessity. Below are a few signs you should speak to a dentist about teeth whitening:
- Tobacco use is causing teeth to yellow prematurely, or more than your peers of the same age.
- Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine has created stains that you cannot address with at-home remedies or your regular dental cleanings.
- You have neglected oral health for a while, but are ready to get back on the wagon.
- Your teeth are becoming less bright—maybe even darkening—naturally, due to age.
- Someone close to you mentions they notice a difference in your teeth.
Call us today at 352.787.5919 to learn more about our painless Opalescence Teeth Whitening and other whitening services to treat discolored teeth. After a thorough examination, Dr. Orobitg will help you find the whitening product or technique that’s best for you, which is especially important if you have or are considering crowns and veneers. Dr. Orobitg Dentistry offers teeth whitening services in our Leesburg office, as well as take-home systems if you are more comfortable using the product at home.