Four Techniques for Whiter Teeth

Not everyone has naturally bright teeth. Even more, some of us are more prone to tooth stain than others. If you’re self-conscious about yellow teeth, there are plenty of cosmetic dentistry options out there to help.

Invest in An Electric Toothbrush

Regular brushing is great for preventing tooth stain. But if you have an electric toothbrush on hand, you’re getting thousands of extra strokes that you simply can’t get with a manual toothbrush. When you’re using an electric toothbrush twice a day for two minutes at a time, you have everything you need to limit stain accumulation from things like coffee, tea, dental plaque, etc.

Some toothbrushes even have built in whitening modes. While they aren’t all that different from the other modes you use for brushing, it sure doesn’t hurt to target problem spots to reduce discoloration between your dental checkups.

While we’re on the topic of toothbrushing, it’s worth mentioning whitening toothpaste. While whitening toothpaste doesn’t really work to bleach out yellow teeth, it can help to minimize the risk of new tooth stain form forming. Especially if you already know there are factors that tend to make you more prone to stain buildup. But on that note, whitening toothpaste does cause some people to experience heightened amounts of tooth sensitivity. If you notice your teeth getting really sensitive, consider alternating your whitening toothpaste with a sensitivity one.

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Regular Dental Cleanings

Even with great brushing habits and flossing, tooth stain can pop up across your smile in certain places. That’s ok. By scheduling a professional dental cleaning in Newport Beach every six months, we can safely polish away surface stains, leaving a brighter smile behind!

Some types of tooth stain are caused by tartar buildup. Especially along your lower front teeth. Tartar is one of those things you can’t brush or floss away on your own; it has to be professionally removed. Sometimes the tooth stain inside of tartar can be yellow, brown, green, or even black. Since tartar is calcified bacteria, it just continues to build upon itself as the weeks and months go by. The porous nature naturally attracts stains from foods, drinks, etc. If you’re worried about yellow teeth or tooth stain, it might actually be tartar.

During your dental cleaning, we’ll use special tools to gently lift tartar buildup to reveal your whiter, brighter smile

Professional Whitening

When you want a “go big or go home” solution to your yellow teeth, professional tooth whitening is the clear winner. A customized whitening system will give you the advantage of higher grades of bleaching gel that you can’t buy online or over the counter. That means less time, less product, and far better results.

Having your teeth professionally whitened is the only way to safely remove both tooth stain and lighten yellow teeth. Yes, even naturally dark teeth can be brightened by up to several shades.

At The Center For Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend Zoom! Teeth Whitening. Zoom! uses an innovative application system that provides you with dramatically whiter teeth in just one appointment. Every tooth surface is evenly treated and the light-activated system oxidizes even the deepest tooth stains inside of yellow teeth. Depending on how heavy your discoloration is, we’ll apply 3-4 separate 15-minute applications.

We’ll use a special shade guide to “measure” the exact color of your teeth before, during, and after the treatment. You’ll be able to see exactly how white your results are by comparing the final color to the shade they were before.

White Spot Treatment

 Sometimes whitening your teeth is a great way to address overall tooth stain. But if you have problems like white spots on teeth, you may find that there are certain splotchy areas that whiten at different rates than the rest of your tooth enamel. This can leave uneven coloration throughout your smile, with certain white spots attracting more attention than you’d like them to.

Fortunately, The Center For Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry offers an innovative white spot treatment called ICON DMG. This revolutionary treatment option provides fast, drastic results that essentially erase your white spots in just one trip to our office!

ICON DMG is so gentle and effective that you can just sit back and relax. The process does take a little time, but the extra effort is well worth it.

White spot treatment works by infiltrating a liquid resin into the dehydrated, demineralized enamel. The resin helps to reflect the natural color of your healthy tooth structure, evening out the natural hue of your surrounding enamel. As such, this white spot treatment practically erases the lesions in your smile, providing consistent coloration across the entire tooth.

Visit Our Newport Beach Cosmetic Dentist

Say goodbye to yellow teeth! A whiter smile is just a phone call away. Contact The Center For Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, today.

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