Teeth whitening services from respected Hanford, CA, dentist

What's the first things people notice when they meet you? Hopefully it's your great smile and happy personality. However, if you have yellowed or stained teeth, they may notice that you feel self-conscious instead of self-assured. Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure that removes years of discoloration and improves patient smiles and confidence.

To keep your smile bright after a teeth whitening procedure, it's important to understand what causes discoloration in the first place. Discoloration or staining of the teeth is caused by several factors, including:
  • Food and drink – If the items you're eating and drinking are dark in color, there's a good chance they could discolor your teeth over time. For example, coffee, soda, red wine, and red pasta sauce can negatively affect the whiteness and brightness of your smile. Try to limit your consumption of these items. If you can't kick the coffee habit, consider using a straw to keep the dark liquid from contacting the front surfaces of the teeth. Additionally, brush your teeth or rinse with water to remove some of the staining food particles.
  • Medications – Certain medications can cause the teeth to become discolored, such as those used by children whose teeth are still developing. Additionally, antihistamines and medications to address blood pressure can cause adult teeth to appear discolored. It's important to tell your dentist which medications you're taking.
  • Poor oral hygiene – Patients understand the need for daily dental hygiene in order to prevent cavities and gum disease. However, brushing and flossing also keep the teeth free from food particles that can cause staining. Be sure to brush your teeth a minimum of two times each day and floss at least once each day to keep your mouth healthy and your smile white.
  • Aging – Simply put getting older can cause your teeth to become discolored as the outer layer of tooth begins to wear away.
  • Trauma – Most trauma is out of your control, but it's important to note that a fall or being hit in the mouth can cause discoloration in adults and children.
A healthy and bright smile is important to you, and it's important to Dr. Nikunj Raiyani. If coffee, medication, poor oral hygiene, or simply aging has caused your teeth to become yellow or dark, Dr. Raiyani and his team at Hanford Family Dental Center can offer you professional whitening that you can apply in the comfort of your own home to whiten and brighten your smile. Call today for more information.

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