Many people put considerable effort into achieving a whiter smile. Dr. Michel Fancelli discusses why teeth darken and how to get them whiter in this report.
Dr. Fancelli explains that teeth darkening is a natural phenomenon associated with aging. However, there are other factors that can cause teeth to darken, including poor enamel formation and food coloring in things we eat and drink.
There are several options for whitening teeth, says Dr. Fancelli. One is the method he uses in his office, which involves applying a concentrated whitening product to the teeth and then activating it with a light. Zoom is one of these products, and it works very well, but it is not for sensitive teeth, and it requires protection of the gums.
Another popular method is home bleaching. To accomplish this, Dr. Fancelli makes a molds of a patient’s teeth. Gels are placed inside the molds, and patients wear the molds either for several hours or overnight, depending on the concentration of the whitening agent.
Some people also purchase over-the-counter whitening strips for home use. These products work well, Dr. Fancelli says, but they are not as strong as the products a dentist would use, and a person who develops a problem using the strips has nowhere to go for help. For example, if your teeth are crooked, you will probably have uneven bleaching.
Whitening products are generally safe, Dr. Fancelli explains, but the first step in any whitening process should be a visit to the dentist to make sure the mouth is okay. This includes dealing with cavities, bleeding gums, and exposed roots. Bleaching can cause problems in these situations. The most significant secondary effect of the bleaching is to make teeth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
People also need to be aware that whitening products are designed only to whiten tooth enamel. Bleaching will not change the color of fillings, crowns, or any other artificial structure in the teeth. As contraindications, Dr. Fancelli points out that bleaching is not recommended for women who are pregnant or lactating, and it is not recommended for children under age thirteen.
As for whitening toothpastes, Dr. Fancelli suggests that this is a marketing ploy. In order for bleaching to occur, the product must touch the teeth for a long time. Most people brush their teeth in about a minute. What these toothpastes contain are abrasives, not whitening agents.
Dr. Michel Fancelli is a dentist practicing with the Centre Dentaire Fancelli near Montreal in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Fancelli completed a multidisciplinary residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He has been practicing in Longueuil since 1984. He opened a new state of the art, high technology office in 2002. He completed a residency program at the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Research, an advance training on the management of temporomandibular joint and sleep disorders. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.