• June 15, 2017

You don’t have to look far to see that white teeth are an important part of an attractive smile.

Just flip through the pages of any celebrity magazine and look at the teeth. Whether you are looking at a profile of a popular entertainer or an advertisement with models, the people pictured will probably have bright, white smiles.

It probably won’t surprise you to know that whiter teeth are one of the most common requests we receive as part of our cosmetic dentistry in Ortonville, MI.

We can do this for you in two ways. We offer professional teeth whitening and dental veneers for our patients. If your teeth don’t look as white as you want, one of these services might be right for you.

Dr. Angela Wojtkowicz-Harrell would be happy to talk about your smile goals, examine your mouth, and give you the information you need to decide which treatment is right for you. You can schedule a consultation at Brandon Family Dental by calling 248-469-0218.


Reasons Your Teeth Aren’t Quite White Anymore

The simplest way to explain it is that you are getting older. It is a bit more complicated than that, but it’s also true that your teeth will naturally turn yellower or darker with each passing year.

The most obvious reason for that is that you are going to eat and drink things every day, multiple times per day.

Coffee and tea are colorful drinks. The same can be said for many other drinks — sodas, sports drinks, wine, etc. Each sip that passes across your teeth has the potential to leave behind a bit of a stain. The same is true for many of the foods we eat on a daily basis.

As a general rule, anything that can stain your shirt can add to the stains on your teeth.

That’s not the only reason become discolored, however. Try to think about how often you use your teeth. Wear and tear can erode some of the enamel. This can allow the yellower dentin underneath your enamel to show through.

Your teeth also can change color as a result of trauma from an injury to your mouth, as a result of an illness, or due to the side effects of some medications. And while fluoride is a good thing for the overall health of your teeth, too much fluoride exposure can affect the color of your teeth as well.

Since it’s nearly summer, it’s also worth mentioning “swimmer’s calculus.” This develops as a result of too much exposure to chlorine. People who spend 6 hours or more per week in a chemically-treated pool are at a greater risk of this condition.


When Teeth Whitening Will Work

Teeth whitening can work on teeth that are stained on the outside. Whitening products that contain bleaching agents (usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) can remove stains that have taken years to develop.

We offer professional teeth whitening products at Brandon Family Dental. These contain higher concentrations of those bleaching agents, which allows them to work more effectively and in less time than commercial whitening products.

Teeth whitening may not be a good idea for everyone, however. Some people have sensitive teeth, and teeth whitening can increase that sensitivity.

You also should have relatively healthy teeth to be a good candidate for teeth whitening. Whitening products won’t work on fillings or dental crowns the same way they work on natural teeth, so this is another factor to consider.

Our dentist can examine your smile and let you know if whitening could work for you.


When Dental Veneers Can Help

Dental veneers are intended to remove the discoloration from your teeth. Instead, veneers are designed to cover your natural teeth. Veneers are like covers for your smile that can last for decades.

This makes veneers quite versatile as well. If you have stained, but otherwise healthy teeth, you can get veneers.

You may have a single tooth that has become discolored as a result of an injury or other problem. A dental veneer can be bonded in place so that tooth will blend in with the rest of your smile. Veneers also can be used to conceal teeth that look discolored due to illnesses or to side effects of medication.

Indeed, veneers can be effective in many situations when teeth whitening may not.


Which Is Right For You?

Find out for yourself by scheduling a consultation at Brandon Family Dental. To request an appointment, call 248-469-0218 today!