Posts for: April, 2020
Is your smile duller than you would like? Good oral hygiene and cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by your Pasadena, TX, dentist, Dr. Kevin Gill can help your teeth sparkle.
Way to keep your smile bright
These tips can help reduce or prevent stains that dull teeth:
- Stay Away from Foods and Drinks That Cause Stains: Foods and drinks that contain dark pigments may be responsible for dullness. The pigments in these foods seep into tiny pores in tooth enamel and can't be removed simply by brushing your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, soft drinks, berries, ice pops, brightly colored candy, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and other foods and beverages are often responsible for dental stains.
- Brush After Meals: Brushing after meals not only removes plaque but can also help you keep your smile looking its best.
- Use Whitening Toothpaste: Whitening toothpaste can help remove stains and prevent your teeth from looking dull or yellow. Look for a whitening toothpaste that features the American Dental Association seal. Use charcoal or other types of whitening toothpaste sparingly, as some products may erode your enamel, exposing the yellow dentin layer underneath.
- Use a Straw: Drinking beverages with a straw prevents stain-causing pigments from touching the fronts of teeth where stains are most noticeable.
What to Do If Your Smile Is Still Dull
Your dentist offers two cosmetic dentistry treatments that will brighten your smile. Professional teeth whitening breaks ups the pigments that cause stains with hydrogen peroxide, a natural stain remover. Whitening only takes about an hour in the Pasadena dental office. After your whitening session, your teeth will be considerably lighter. In fact, many people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement.
Veneers offer a longer-lasting whitening approach. Thin, tooth-shaped shells attached to the fronts of your teeth conceal your stained teeth. The shells are cemented to the fronts of teeth and made from an impression of your mouth. Veneers are extremely stain resistant. In fact, you continue to enjoy coffee, tea, cola, red wine without worrying about dulling your smile.
Would you like to brighten your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Call your dentist in Pasadena, TX, Dr. Gill, at (713) 947-0293 to schedule your appointment.
Teeth have a way of becoming a little duller as the years pass. Fortunately, your Pasadena, TX, dentist, Dr. Kevin Gill, offers two cosmetic dentistry options that can help.
How your teeth become stained
Some of the tastiest food and beverage choices are also the ones that stain your teeth. Every time you eat or drink foods that contain darkly colored pigments, your smile becomes a little more stained. Berries, soy sauce, ice pop, candy, sports drinks, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and other foods and beverages contain the pigments.
The dark pigments in these foods and beverages enter tiny pores in your tooth enamel and don't budge no matter how well you brush your teeth. As these pigments build up, your teeth become increasingly dull.
Teeth whitening renews your smile quickly
Teeth whitening can keep your smile bright and white for several years. Best of all, you'll only need to make one visit to the Pasadena dental office to remove your stains. Your dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel to break up stain-causing pigments and whiten your smile.
Most people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in their smiles after whitening. A whitening session can renew your smile in just about an hour and offers the least expensive way to brighten your smile.
Veneers offer a longer-term whitening your option
Veneers offer a long-lasting way to whiten your teeth. The plastic or porcelain shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth, the areas where dental stains are most noticeable. Veneers may be no thicker than a fingernail, but they provide a very effective way to keep stains out of sight. The restorations are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your veneers fit your teeth perfectly.
Veneers are stain-resistant and won't become dull even if you drink tea, coffee, or cola every day or eat foods that contain dark pigments. The restorations last 10 to 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.
Whiten your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call your dentist in Pasadena, TX, Dr. Gill, at (713) 947-0293 to schedule an appointment.