Having white teeth is an excellent way to build your confidence and create a great smile people will remember. Even if you grew up with naturally white teeth, daily use could stain them.
Tobacco use is a common culprit of teeth stains. They will leave your teeth looking yellow, and your gums will start to recede. If you’re ready to get back to a great smile, teeth whitening is the most effective way to do so.
At Alaska Dental Arts, we can provide professional teeth whitening to remove tobacco stains. Getting them professionally cleaned by your dentist is the most effective way to get your white teeth back. In this blog, you’ll learn how tobacco stains your teeth and how professional teeth whitening can help.
Want to know what other cosmetic services we offer? Contact us today to learn!
How Does Tobacco Leave Stains On Your Teeth?
Your teeth have pores just like your skin, which means they’re susceptible to outside influence. The nicotine and tar in tobacco are easily absorbed into these pores. When the nicotine combines with oxygen, it turns yellow, which causes a yellow or brown discoloration on your teeth. Some people may have certain teeth stained darker due to their inhalation method.
Chewing tobacco mixes with your saliva and creates a dark brown liquid that hugely stains your teeth. Electronic cigarettes with nicotine-infused “ejuice” can also stain your teeth just as easily. Long-term use causes heavy staining on your teeth.
The prolonged period of smoking, typically over several years, makes the stains hard to remove. They settle deep into the enamel and often penetrate the outer layer of the dentin. The dentin is the majority of our teeth structure and gives our teeth their color.
Why Are There Darker Stains Around The Edges Of Your Teeth?
Tobacco stains on the tooth edges where your teeth meet typically have tartar buildup. The tartar will absorb nicotine and tar much faster than your enamel. People who see staining on the edges of their teeth generally don’t floss or receive regular dental cleanings.
Tobacco stains can sometimes appear near the gum line. One of the negative side effects of smoking is receding gums. When your gums start to shrink and pull away, the root of your teeth are more exposed. Roots don’t have the same enamel thickness and are made up of softer dentin material that absorbs stains much easier.
What Else Can Stain Your Teeth?
Although tobacco is a great factor in teeth staining, other daily factors can affect the color of your teeth, including:
- Poor dental hygiene habits
- Coffee, wine, tea, and sodas
- Sugary and acidic foods
- Certain illnesses and medications
Alaska Dental Arts provides professional teeth whitening, so you can return your beautiful smile regardless of the reason behind stained teeth.
How Can Teeth Whitening Help?
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that can help you get a brighter smile. The concentrated whitening gel goes into the microscopic pores of your tooth enamel to gently bleach away stains and discoloration.
Gum disease and tooth decay are common, and some teeth whitening treatments can help kill bacteria. Most professional bleaching products contain carbamide peroxide, which kills the bacteria that cause gum disease and decay.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smokers are twice as likely to get gum disease. Typically, smokers have lower immune systems, making it difficult to fight off a gum infection. In addition, the CDC says that if you continue to smoke, it will lead to gum damage that makes it harder for your gums to heal.
When you see the results, you may feel more motivated to keep a good oral hygiene routine with brushing, flossing, and rinsing. A good routine can help your teeth stay healthy and reduce future costs for dental problems.
Many people also feel more self-confident with a whiter smile. Healthy, straight, and bright teeth are appealing can indicate to yourself and others that you care about your appearance.
Are you interested in keeping your teeth healthy? Schedule an appointment with us today!
Why Should You Get Professional Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening options are available as at-home gel kits. Many people may choose this option because it seems cheaper; however, this can cost more in the long run. The solutions sold at the store are far weaker because prescription strength is only available through your dentist. In other words, it can take a more extended amount of time to achieve poorer results.
Investing in professional teeth whitening can brighten your teeth in half the time and be more effective. You’ll find that your results are easier to maintain and spend less money over time. Our Alaska patients can receive more dramatic results than over-the-counter products.
Two options can help you return to a brighter smile.
When you visit Alaska Dental Arts, we can do an in-house treatment in less than 45 minutes. All you’ll have to do is lay back and relax.
If you’d like to do the treatment at home, our dentist can make you custom plastic trays to be filled with gel and worn snuggly over your teeth. This option lets you have the power in your hands, and you’ll see results within a few weeks.
You can even use these trays to do touch-up results after each of your six-month cleanings to keep your teeth white for life.
Whitening your teeth can help kill bacteria in your teeth and return to being fresh and healthy. It will also help you look better and boost your confidence. When you’re feeling your best, you’re ready to go out and achieve great things.
How Can Regular Cleanings Help Keep Your Teeth White?
Getting regular teeth cleanings will help with the effectiveness of your teeth whitening treatments. Your regular checkups remove stains, plaque, and tartar, which provide a clean surface for your whitening treatment to penetrate the entire tooth.
Regular cleanings can also help prevent uneven coloring and have a longer-lasting effect. Dental cleanings are usually done within a few days of the whitening appointment to help with the effectiveness of the treatment.
You can get your regular cleaning and cosmetic treatments at Alaska Dental Arts. We will help you reach the smile goals of your dreams. Our professional team will help you understand the teeth whitening process and guide you to avoid leaving deep stains on your teeth.
We can help you with regular cleanings for you and your family that leave you feeling refreshed. And if you want to get the perfect smile, we offer other cosmetic dentistry services that can help, such as Invisalign, dental implants, veneers, and dentures.
If you’re interested in removing tobacco stains on your teeth, Alaska Dental Arts can help you. We will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to get you to your teeth goals. Alaskan residents in and around Anchorage, Juneau, and North Pole can benefit from choosing us for your dentistry services.
Want to know when you can get your tobacco stains removed? Schedule an appointment with us today!