We’ve seen it all – whitening toothpaste, UV light devices, gels, strips, the list of teeth whitening methods goes on. In the United States, a whopping 45 million Americans have turned to teeth whitening techniques to brighten their smile. In fact, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 50% of Americans say that a white smile is the most significant feature to them when first meeting someone new.
When you live in a society that highly values shiny white smiles, it can be embarrassing when your teeth start yellowing. In this case, many turn to over-the-counter whitening techniques to get theirs up-to-par. However, as many studies are showing, some of these whitening methods can be great for short-term whitening but can have harmful long-term effects on your teeth.
So, let’s dive deeper into the reason your teeth are yellowing in the first place, then take a look at the latest whitening trends, and lastly how they are impacting your teeth.
Why Do Teeth Yellow?
As with many things, there can be a number of causal factors. Naturally, as you age, your enamel wares and a yellow tissue beneath, called dentin, begins to appear. Your teeth can also become damaged from plaque build-up, medications, stains from foods or beverages, or certain health issues.
One thing you can control is your teeth becoming discolored from beverages, foods, or substances that touch them. Coffee or wine stains, smoking or other uses of tobacco, blueberries, and sugary or highly acidic foods and beverages can all cause your teeth to yellow.
Popular Teeth Whitening Trends
Using teeth whiteners is a rising trend. Although it’s natural for your teeth to yellow as you age, many people dread the change in color in their teeth and take teeth whitening into their own hands. Here are some of the most popular teeth whitening trends in 2019:
- Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
- Coconut oil pulling
- UV light
- Whitening toothpaste
- Whitening strips
- Whitening mouthwashes
- A combination of the above trends
The Dangers of Over-The-Counter Whitening Methods
Certain types of teeth whitening are considered safe, however, some can cause long-term issues. Side effects like tooth sensitivity, irritated gums, damage to your enamel, and mouth soreness may occur.
Before trying any at-home teeth whitening techniques, consult your dentist. Although you and your dentist will have the same end-goal (helping you achieve a white smile), taking matters into your own hands may cause more harm than whitening. Your dentist can examine your mouth, point out any issues with certain types of whitening (specifically for your teeth), and offer the best whitening solutions for you.
A Safe Whitening Solution
At Revitalizing Smiles, we offer teeth whitening with breakthrough two-layer technology for maximum results. And with our above and beyond customer care, you’ll always find friendly, professional staff that will go out of their way to ensure your visit to the dentist is a happy one. Make an appointment today and get that pearly white smile you’ve always dreamed of!