Everyone wants a whiter smile. Teeth whitening is one the most common topics brought up by patients to their dentists. Are you thinking about getting your teeth whitened? Here are three things you should know first.


1. Why are my teeth getting yellow?

To understand tooth whitening, you have to understand what causes them to yellow. Although teeth do become yellow as we age, certain things can cause the outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, to yellow prematurely such as drinking coffee and tea, smoking cigarettes and eating certain acidic foods. The dentin, the inner part of the tooth, not the enamel, is responsible for the color of your teeth. So enamel that is worn from things like tooth grinding, decay, chipping or cracking can cause the dentin to wear quicker. As teeth repair themselves, the new dentin appears darker causing a yellow appearance.

2. Do home whiteners work?

Home whiteners can reduce stains on the enamel of your teeth caused by food and drinks, but you will not get the results you would with professional whitening by a dentist. They are a safe option for those looking for an inexpensive and easy way to achieve a whiter smile. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity from home whitening products, but this can easily be remedied by temporarily using a special toothpaste.

3. How does my dentist whiten my teeth?

If you’ve been considering whitening your teeth, talk to your dentist. Professional whitening performed in your dentist’s office will give you the best results. The trays that hold the whitening product will be made specifically for your mouth so that you will get the most effective results. The treatment can be done in the office or your dentist can have custom whitening trays formed for you to use at home.

For a whiter smile, call Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today to make an appointment with Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller.