You may have noticed that it is difficult to maintain white teeth as you age. Although you may be using the same brushing and flossing routines that have kept your teeth white and healthy over the years, you may no longer be getting the same results. It is a fact that as we age, our bodies and health change, requiring different strategies to maintain optimum health.
At our Chicago Teeth Whitening Office, our patients don’t always know why teeth whitening becomes more difficult. We can offer several reasons tooth enamel changes with age.
Stains on the surface of dental enamel are obvious culprits in changing color. Foods and drinks like tea, coffee and red wine, along with tobacco products, can be particularly problematic. Although such stains can be reduced when they are relatively new, stain removal becomes more difficult once they have seeped into porous enamel.
As we age, the thick layer of white enamel that conceals the inner core of the tooth begins to erode. The dentin that lies beneath the surface of tooth, which is darker and more yellow in color, becomes more exposed. The aged teeth appear dull and yellow in comparison to that youthful smile.
Several tooth whitening options are available to patients who want to rejuvenate their smiles. Depending on the extent of discoloration and the time available to get the desired results, we can achieve excellent results from professional teeth bleaching treatments. For those patients with more extensive staining, dental veneers may be a more suitable option. Dental veneers use thin layers of porcelain to resurface the enamel of the affected tooth.
It is not possible to eliminate all dental stains. Teeth naturally change and dull over the course of time. However, your youthful smile can be restored with the options available through modern cosmetic dentistry. Contact the Chicago Teeth Whitening Dentaloffice to learn more about your options for a luminous smile and see which might be best for you.
How to Maintain a Healthy, Bright Smile as You Age