Why Are My Teeth Losing Their Whiteness?

Why Are My Teeth Losing Their Whiteness?

If your teeth are losing their pearly whiteness, don’t fret. You have many options available to help. And teeth whitening is big business; in 2015 alone, Americans spent more than $11 billion on whitening products and treatments. 

At the dental office of Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc.Dr. Rapal and her team understand that you may not be happy with the fading whiteness and increasing discoloration of your teeth, which is why they offer the professional-grade Zoom! Teeth Whitening System from Phillips. Why are your teeth losing their whiteness? There are a number of reasons.

Why are my teeth losing their whiteness?

Teeth lose their whiteness due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

Intrinsic factors are those that happen within the tooth structure. As you age, the hard enamel that covers and protects your teeth starts to thin, revealing the yellowish-brown color of the dentin inside. No amount of tooth brushing will remove the color because it’s part of the tooth.

Extrinsic factors are those that come from food, drink, some medications, and lifestyle factors that cause the enamel to stain; the stains can be effectively removed with whitening procedures. Some of the biggest staining items include:

There’s not much you can do to avoid stains left by medication, but you can cut back on consuming staining foods and drinks and avoid tobacco entirely. That’s not to say you can’t ever enjoy your favorite consumables; just make sure to rinse your mouth afterward and brush after every meal so they don’t leave a residue.

Regaining white teeth 

If your teeth are losing their whiteness and you’re not happy about it, you’re in luck. The Zoom! system, which Dr. Rapal uses exclusively, can brighten your teeth up to eight shades in a single treatment session.

Zoom! is more effective than other systems because it not only tackles discoloration of the outer enamel, but it also reaches inside the tooth to whiten the inner dentin. Under the supervision of a trained dentist like Dr. Rapal, the whitening system is completely safe, though the company doesn’t recommend it for children under 13 or pregnant/lactating women.

When you come in for your session, Dr. Rapal places the whitening gel on your teeth and uses an LED light to activate its bleaching agent. It penetrates the enamel, breaking up the pigments that cause stains and allowing the natural whiteness of your teeth to shine through.

Dr. Rapal also offers an at-home version of the Zoom! System, the Philips ZOOM Customized Home Whitening Kit, for patients who want to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes. The company indicates that, for the at-home kits, you can expect up to four shades brighter in just 30 minutes. And if that’s not enough, you can enhance the effects with additional applications.

If your teeth are losing their whiteness and you want to restore them to their original beauty, contact Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc. to set up an appointment. Call the office at 408-864-7010, or book online with us today.

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