If you have yellow teeth, you’re not alone. This is a common problem, even when you follow all of the rules of good oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing every day. That’s because teeth can become discolored over time for a variety of reasons — but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it.
Dr. Ana Chester and our team at Chester Family Dentistry in Warren, Ohio, proudly offer in-office and at-home teeth whitening services for anyone concerned about discolored teeth. If you want a brighter and whiter smile to boost your confidence, here’s how professional whitening can help.
Why teeth get yellow
You don’t have to feel bad or embarrassed if you have yellowed or discolored teeth. This common complaint can happen because of various factors, including lifestyle and medical reasons, as well as simply getting older.
Lifestyle and medical factors that cause yellow teeth include:
- Practicing poor oral hygiene habits
- Using tobacco products, either smoking or chewing
- Eating certain foods or drinks, like curries, soft drinks, and coffee
- Infections during pregnancy
- Using a mouthwash with chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride
- Skipping professional dental cleanings
- Taking certain medications, like antibiotics or some antihistamines
- Undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment
When you have age-related teeth yellowing, the discoloration occurs from the wearing down of the enamel of your teeth, which allows more of the teeth's yellowish interior to show. Your genetics also play a role in tooth color — if your parents or other family members have yellow teeth, you could, too.
Saying goodbye to yellow teeth
Ready for some good news? If you want a whiter, brighter smile, schedule an appointment at our office or ask about whitening options during a routine cleaning or dental exam. Depending on your goals, oral health, and preferences, Dr. Chester might recommend one of the following:
When you have an in-office whitening treatment, you sit comfortably in a dental chair while we apply a professional-grade whitening gel to your teeth. These solutions can lighten your teeth by 3-8 shades during a single visit, giving you something to smile about.
Take-home teeth whitening
In addition to in-office whitening, we also offer take-home solutions. This option takes a few weeks to see your results instead of one hour, but you can still expect to have a stunning, bright smile.
If you choose this teeth whitening option, you receive customized trays and the prescription-strength whitening solution to use at home. Unlike less potent, one-size-fits-all kits you can get over the counter, these trays fit your mouth perfectly to better hold the stronger whitening agent in place for brighter, more even results.
Getting results that last
When you come in to get the whiter smile you’ve been dreaming of, we offer personalized tips to help you maintain your results for as long as possible. This includes practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis, scheduling regular professional teeth cleanings, and temporarily avoiding certain foods and drinks that cause stains.
Are you ready to transform your smile with professional teeth whitening? Call Chester Family Dentistry at 330-331-9026 to schedule an appointment with our team today.