Do you feel like your teeth are darker than they used to be? You are probably right! Not only do teeth absorb stain from food, drink, and tobacco, but as we age the pulp (the nerve and blood supply inside the tooth) shrinks and that also contributes to the darkening of teeth. As the pulp reduces in size, the distance between it and the exterior of the tooth increases. This means there is actually more tooth for light to travel through, contributing to a darker appearance.
Fortunately, there are ways to lighten teeth without doing a lot of dental work or soaking your head in Clorox! Special whitening gels permeate into the tooth and not only remove visible (extrinsic) stain, but when used consistently, also lighten the internal (intrinsic) color of the tooth. Some of these gels can be bought over the counter, however, they are a milder form of the whitening agent. By having the procedure done at our dental office, you will be treated with the safest, most effective strength of whitening gel. Stronger gels are available at the dental office and a thin custom-made tray with a snug fit, helps keep the gel off of the gum tissue.
Some practices offer an in-office whitening procedure with an even stronger gel. These gels can leave your teeth very sensitive for extended periods of time and irritate the gums. Dr. McChristian is not comfortable putting his patients at risk, and therefore does not offer this procedure.
If you are interested in lightening your teeth, please ask any of our office crew. We’ll be glad to help you!