For most Americans, the most attractive feature is a nice smile. But did you know that 73% say that no matter how nice a person’s smile is, yellow teeth ruin the effect? When dental professionals asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth.
A big, bright white smile can make a lasting impression and build confidence as well.
The two types of teeth stains
Understanding whitening starts with understanding types of teeth stains. There are two basic types of stains that affect your teeth and your smile, and can cause discolored teeth. The first are stains on the surface of the tooth, or extrinsic stains. The second are stains that are beneath the enamel surface, or intrinsic stains. These stains are more difficult to remove and become part of the tooth.
Teeth stains have a variety of causes.
Causes of surface tooth stains include:
- Usage of tobacco products
- Food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, and berries
- Poor oral hygiene
The above can also cause stains below the tooth enamel surface. Other tooth stains below the enamel surface can be caused by:
- Excessive fluoride intake during tooth development
- Certain medications taken during tooth development
It is important to note that not all intrinsic stains can be whitened or removed by over-the-counter oral care products. Consult a dental professional as to what type of stain you have and the best way to treat it.
How to remove and prevent teeth stains
Knowing the causes behind tooth discoloration may help you choose the correct teeth whitening products. Consult your dental professional to determine the best products for you. Stains that have accumulated on the surface of the tooth can be removed using toothpastes with silica, like Crest 3D White Toothpastes. Crest 3D White Mouthwashes not only whiten by removing surface stains, but also kill bad breath germs. You can whiten below the enamel surface using oral care whitening products like Crest Whitestrips to see dramatic results.
You can protect against future stains by including whitening products in your oral care routine.
Why are my teeth yellow?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by drinking beverages such as coffee, soda and wine, as well as use of tobacco products and poor hygiene. Staining chemicals or agents from food can get beneath your enamel surface and can cause long term yellow teeth stains. With age, teeth also get more yellow.
Tooth Discoloration during Teeth Development
Excessive amounts of fluoride or tetracycline administration during developmental periods of tooth growth can result in discoloration.1 Fluorosis is a condition caused by high fluoride exposure during the formation of your enamel, and can result in a white lacy intrinsic stain. All Crest fluoride products are formulated with safe amounts of fluoride and are labeled with instructions for the safe use by children. Parental supervision is recommended.
Tetracycline tooth stains are associated with the prolonged administration of tetracycline, an antibiotic, can result in brown stains. This is most susceptible to children under the age of 8, as tooth formation is not completed until then. After tooth formation is complete, tetracycline use does not result in discoloration of enamel.
Teeth whitening is done by removing surface stains, as well as the stains below the enamel surface. There are many safe and effective ways to whiten your teeth, both at home and at the dentist’s office.
In Office or Professional Whitening
In office whitening, such as laser whitening, is the fastest option for whitening, but also can be the most expensive. You can see results right away, but it can easily cost up to $500. In office whitening removes stains both on and below the enamel surface.
At Home Teeth Whitening
There are many options of at home teeth whitening to choose from that don’t require professional treatment and are more budget friendly including:
Natural Teeth Whitening
Some people believe bleaching teeth with bottles of hydrogen peroxide or boxes of baking soda are effective. Most bottles of hydrogen peroxide are sold as antiseptics for wound care, and baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is used for laundry as well as eliminating odors. These products are for other purposes and can be dangerous when used inappropriately.
Crest suggests using products with hydrogen peroxide or baking soda that are designed specifically for teeth, as they are formulated with safe levels of the ingredients for this purpose and won’t damage your tooth enamel.
Teeth whitening strips are a great way to whiten teeth both on and below the enamel surface. Crest Whitestrips are on average $50, and can lead to dramatic results. For professional level whitening, use Crest® 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips, which removes 14 years of stains. Whitestrips are effective, easy to use and formulated with the enamel safe teeth whitening agent dental professionals use.
Whitening Gels and Trays
Whitening gels and trays are used with hydrogen peroxide, removing stains on and below the enamel surface. They can be messy and vary in results.
Whitening toothpastes are a cost effective way to whiten teeth and fit in with your daily oral care routine. Whitening toothpastes contain silica, which helps remove surface stains. A great option is Crest® 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste, which uses micro cleansing teeth whiteners to polish away surface stains and is enamel safe. Another option is Crest® 3D White Brilliance Daily Cleansing & Whitening System, a 2-step system that can keep teeth 99% as white as a professional polish.*
Like whitening toothpastes, whitening mouthwashes are an inexpensive way to help whiten your teeth by removing surface stains. There are added benefits of using a whitening mouthwash including getting fresh breath and killing germs. All Crest 3D White mouthwashes can give a whiter smile, by removing surface stains, in just 7 days. Crest® 3D White Diamond Strong Mouthwash whitens by removing surface stains, while helping strengthen weakened tooth enamel and killing bad breath germs.
Crest® 3D White Whitestrips, Toothpastes and Mouthwashes are formulated for a smile that makes a powerful impression. See what other people have to say about how Crest® 3D White teething whitening products work:
Crest® 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips
“I use Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects because I love how beautiful they allow my smile to look! I drink black coffee daily and red wine on a semi-regular basis, but with these whitestrips I have had no problem keeping a ‘movie start white’ smile! I love this product and would recommend it to anyone wanting to enhance the beauty of his or her smile.”
Crest® 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste
“This is awesome! It has a great taste and a great feel when I finish brushing my teeth. They always feel squeaky clean and look whiter after I brush; everybody should try it at least once!” – Cheryl from Michigan
Crest® 3D White Brilliance Daily Cleansing & Whitening System
“I love this toothpaste! By far my favorite product I’ve tried. Leaves my mouth feeling amazingly fresh and clean. I’ve had so many wonderful compliments on my white smile since using this toothpaste. I would definitely recommend.” – Courtney from Georgia
Crest® 3D White Diamond Strong Mouthwash
“I was pleasantly impressed with this product. Many whitening products leave a gooey film on your teeth but this left my mouth with a fresh and crisp clean, just as it was a regular mouthwash, yet with the added benefit of whitening!! Great, crisp and effective product that I would highly recommend!!” – Consumer from Arizona
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening duration varies depending on how the teeth are whitened.
Results of hydrogen peroxide-based tooth bleaching products can vary depending on form and duration of use
Regular use of whitening toothpaste and mouthwash is recommended for best results.
All Crest products are formulated to be safe. Following instructions is important for not only safety but for the best results. Proper use is essential to safely using teeth whitening products.
Tooth sensitivity due to whitening is temporary and not harmful.
Teeth whitening options can cost as little as $5 to hundreds dollars, with varying results. Daily routine products such as whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes average $5-7, while Crest® Whitestrips average about $50 but can produce professional level results.
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*with daily use. Stain assessed 4 weeks after dental cleaning.
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