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Did you know that yellow teeth could make your whole face look older? Discolored teeth are a cosmetic concern at any age but unfortunately an inevitable part of the natural aging process. As you get older, your teeth are prone to staining and yellowing for many reasons we will discuss below.
Fortunately, teeth whitening is an easy solution for this common dental concern. It’s the quickest way to look years younger, and Dr. Robert Berger and our experienced team at Berger Family Dental in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, can help you get a whiter, more youthful-looking smile in no time. Discover how professional teeth whitening treatments can improve the appearance of your teeth.
Over the years, you’ve consumed your share foods and beverages that have contributed to your not-so-bright smile. These substances undoubtedly include some of your favorites:
So, it’s not necessarily just unhealthy foods and drinks that stain your teeth but nearly everything that has a darker pigment. And, if you smoke or chew tobacco, the tar and nicotine in tobacco products give your teeth their unattractive shade of yellow.
Fortunately, the stains caused by food, beverages, and tobacco are extrinsic, meaning they affect the surface enamel of your teeth. Although tooth enamel easily stains over the course of your lifetime, these extrinsic stains are easily removable.
When you’re younger, your tooth enamel is thicker. Strong enamel not only helps your teeth resist decay, it also acts to shield the dentin. Dentin is a naturally deep yellow or brownish material under your tooth enamel.
As you get older, your tooth enamel thins and becomes more translucent, allowing the dentin to become visible, making your teeth look yellow from the inside out. And, if you were unlucky enough to inherit a dark yellow or brownish dentin plus thin enamel, you’re bound to have a less-than-pearly-white smile by the time you’ve reached middle age.
Since yellow teeth make you look older, professional teeth whitening can give you back your beautiful smile. At Berger Family Dental, we offer easy-to-use Opalescence® take-home whitening kits so you can get a brighter smile in just a few weeks.
Your teeth whitening kit includes preloaded dental trays lined with a powerful whitening agent that you can only get through your dentist. When you wear the trays during the day or overnight, the whitening gel removes surface stains from your teeth, erasing the discoloration from years of enjoying mocha latte espressos and all your other favorite foods and drinks.
Once you achieve your desired shade of white, it can last a year or longer as long as you brush and floss regularly and maintain an optimal oral hygiene routine, including professional cleanings. If you cut back on the food and drink culprits, that will certainly help your teeth retain their new, brighter shade of white, too.
Another bonus is that after professional teeth whitening, you can usually maintain a more youthful smile with easy whitening touch-up treatments — especially if you drink one too many cups of chai tea each week, or a nightly glass of red wine.
Having a whiter smile may not be the same as drinking from the fountain of youth, but it can certainly help your face look younger.
Getting started today is as easy as calling our office at 614-300-3218 to schedule an appointment, or booking online.
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