But not every one of us is lucky enough to have a perfect smile that locks attention. Crooked, uneven, broken, overlapped, stained and discolored teeth may make you look aged and dull, while a well shaped bright set of teeth leaves you with a perfect smile.
Smile designing treatment is a cosmetic treatment that focuses on improving the appearance of your smile through certain procedures such as dental VENEERS, Composite bonding, teeth whitening.
Tooth whitening or bleaching is the process of lightning the color of human teeth. Whitening is often desirable when teeth become yellowed over time for a number of reasons, and can be achieved by changing the intrinsic or extrinsic color of the tooth enamel.
Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:
- Food and Drink: Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits.
- Tobacco Use: Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.
- Age: Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.
- Trauma: If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.
- Medications: Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life.
What is used for bleaching?
In-Office Tooth Whitening
At-Home Bleaching from Your Dentist
A custom-made tray is provided for at-home whitening. In this case instructions on how to place the bleaching solution in the tray and for what length of time are given. Out-of-office bleaching can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.