Why Do Some People Have Yellow Teeth?
Causes Of Yellow Teeth
Among the primary reasons of yellow teeth are food, habits, oral hygiene, and aging. Most of everyday food that we consume contains chromomeric ingredients that are used by manufactures to impart colouring. Drinks such as tea, coffee, wine, and soft drinks contain colour impurities can stain white teeth. Food contains soya sorce, curry and other artificial colouring also add up staining to our natural teeth.
Smokers should be aware of the fact that tobacco is not only harmful but cause permanent discoloration. Betel nuts chewing in certain community in some part of the world stain teeth the most!
Poor dental hygiene is another major cause of concern.. Negligence causing plaque and calculus accumulation in oral cavity. With time going on, staining of teeth occurs. Aging causing upper layer of enamel wears down exposing the yellow colour of the underlying dentin layer. Secondary dentin formation also cause the darkening of our natural teeth.
Oral diseases (eg: cavity, non-vital tooth, heavy fillings) may discolour our teeth as well. Medical diseases which require chemotherapy or exposure to radiation will reduce the salivary flow in oral cavity. Dry mouth will cause enamel layer to decay. Excessive fluoride contamination (fluorosis) can be a source of discoloration. Meanwhile antibiotics like Tetracycline are notorious for causing permanent tetracycline band on the teeth.
Proper diagnosis for the cause of yellow teeth is very important before proceed with whitening treatment to ensure success. Whatever may be the cause, it is important to realize that tooth whitening products and clinical methods can deal with a majority of these problems.
How Should We Choose A Whitening Treatment?
Yellow teeth are a very common phenomenon which should not be a cause of major concern. Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to unsatisfactory results. Generally, you should look for a whitening procedure that is:
- Fast and convenient
- Long lasting
- Low sensitivity
- Proven to be safe and effective
- Performed by a Dental Professional
Extrinsic stain on natural teeth caused by poor oral hygiene and smoking usually can be easily removed by scaling and polishing. Crowning, bridging or veneers can manage single tooth discolouration well.
Bleaching, or commonly known as whitening treatment can treat majority of intrinsic stain effectively. Whitening products varies in term of effective results and the duration of treatment. The most common tooth whitening products in this clinic is chair side bleaching. Our dentists have been usingZoom! teeth whitening system to treat a great number of patients and giving satisfying results. Dental formulated bleaching gel (home bleaching) is very cheap in comparison with in-office bleaching. The price can range from RM300 to RM750.
Some brands’ toothpastes combine hydrogen peroxide with baking soda while other brands use fluoride and triclosan to clean the surface stains do give some whitening effect. It’s important to use a paste that contains the triclosan when using a teeth whitening formula. The abrasive nature of removing surface stains from the tooth can wear down the enamel if triclosan isn’t included. This ingredient forms a protective bond to the surface and your teeth between brushings. It stops plaque from forming the surface which can break down the enamel. As long as you know that the results may not be the same as the dentist bleaching or home bleaching kits.
Remember, if you have white stains, shade of gray or brownish hues then you should check with us. If you are anxious about yellow teeth then most well known teeth whitening products should provide a permanent relief.
Will Teeth Whitening Make My Crowns, Bridges And Veneers Whiter?
Tooth whitening only works on your natural teeth and it won’t affect your crowns, bridges, veneers or any other dental work. One thing to consider in case you have crowns and bridges is that after the whitening there might be a substantial difference between their colour and the colour of your teeth. So, changing of the old crowns, bridges or veneers might be essential if the colour are difference.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Other whitening systems don’t compare to the Zoom! Chairside Whitening System. Nothing whitens better or faster.
How Zoom! compares to other whitening options
1. What is Zoom! tooth whitening?
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
2. How long does Zoom! Chairside Whitening take?
The complete procedure takes about an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed as little as by 45 minutes of bleaching. (A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom! whitening session.)
3. How does the Zoom! In-off ice system work?
The Zoom! light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom! gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement of up to eight shades.
4. What will I experience during the Zoom! In-Office Procedure?
During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. Our dentists will assess the patients prior to whitening treatment.
5. How long do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Day White or Nite White gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available in dental office.
6. Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate.
7. Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people than you might imagine. A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The Zoom! Chairside Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
8. Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Our dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
9. Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, pregnant or lactating women, severe gum disease patients and those that have severe attritions (worn enamel).