Have you been noticing how white other people’s teeth are? People are born with a basic shade of tooth color — it is genetically programmed — but as people age, teeth generally darken. Although shade is not necessarily an indication of a healthy mouth, it appears so to others. Teeth whitening is an easy fix that not only makes a smile look better, but boosts confidence. According to Marietta dentist Kirk Kimmerling DDS, the whiteness of teeth has become synonymous with a healthy smile.
“An outward smile is a reflection on how we feel about ourselves,” says Kirk Kimmerling DDS.
You may ask yourself, “What teeth whitening product should I use?” If you are a person with sensitivity issues like cracked teeth, there are whitening products for you. Special ingredients that help with the sensitivity can make a difference. If you have darker teeth or heavy, deep stains, then teeth whitening will probably be a more lengthy process for you. There are many different products and whitening ingredients that you can use.
TIP purchase whitening products that are American Dental Association approved. This will give the assurance that the product is safe and will not harm your teeth. The products offered in a dental office such as Dr. Kimmerling and Dr. Aguilera’s office are safe for most candidates, work well, and have a variance in price. A trip to our office will help you make the best choice for you.
Common factors that can affect tooth color
- Genetics – some people naturally have slightly darker colored teeth
- Age – as we get older, our teeth tend to darken
- Food and drink – some foods and drinks will stain our teeth
- Smoking – smokers will often experience tooth discoloration
Once teeth are whitened, stains can actually reappear. Smoking and drinking products such as tea, coffee, and red wine can cause stains to reappear even on freshly whitened teeth. Usually, a touch-up will help. Regular cleanings with the dental hygienist at Dr. Kimmerling and Dr. Aguilera’s office will remove the stains and help keep your teeth white. Although teeth whitening is always an ongoing process, once your teeth reach a white shade, touch-ups are easy to do. Teeth whitening is a relatively easy process that can make a significant difference in your smile.
If you are interested in whitening your teeth, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with Marietta cosmetic dentists, Dr. Kimmerling and Dr. Aguilera!