It’s a fact that in today’s world people are image conscious and beauty, vanity, looks are of utmost priority. An average person spends an amount of Rs.1000 to Rs.5000/- per month on beauty products or salon services, the cosmetic industries around the world are booming and flourishing. People are willing to spend a fortune on maintaining themselves.
Nowadays there is an awareness among people to maintain their Oral Hygiene than it was a decade or so back. Due to this awareness a person is visiting his or her dentist not just for dental pain but for various other treatment such as “Smile Correction” procedure, “Whitening of Teeth”, Orthodontic procedure for alignment of teeth and the list just goes on.
Now, the most common complaint of a person to a dentist is that he or she has yellow teeth and wants them white again. Having yellow teeth not only affects a person’s appearance but it also affects him mentally or psychologically, the person gets conscious while smiling.
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Now, I’m going to list out some reasons which cause staining and discoloration of teeth but first, we have to understand about staining and discoloration.
In layman’s term staining is defined as colored patches or dirty marks that are not easily removed. It is of 2 types- Extrinsic- This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained. Coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods can stain teeth. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains. The second type is Intrinsic — This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint.
One of the most obvious reasons for staining is poor Oral Hygiene i.e. when people are not taking adequate measures in maintaining their teeth. Incorporating correct and proper brushing techniques along with the use of Dental Floss is more than enough for maintaining oral hygiene. [/su_note]
Any Way to Make Yellow Teeth White Again?
But even after following these methods people still complain of yellow stains. Now one must understand that with growing age the teeth don’t remain as white as they used to be. The shine is lost and this is due to gradual of enamel.
Use of certain drugs and mouthwashes cause brownish staining of enamel.
So the above examples prove that staining of teeth is inevitable and people of all age group wish to have those “pearly white” teeth.
Now, I am going to list out certain methods for whitening of teeth:-
The most convenient and affordable method is by using Toothpastes. The toothpaste of various brands is available in the market which help to attain 3-4 shades whiter teeth.
Advanced procedure for whitening generally requires the skills of a dentist who does a procedure called “Bleaching”. Nowadays, a dentist can provide bleaching kits to the patient to take it home, But this entirely depends on case to case.
So these Bleaching procedures use chemicals and to avoid the harmful effects of these chemicals people resort to “Natural” methods for Whitening, like
- Brushing with baking soda; though scientifically it’s not proven that applying baking soda has any effect in whitening.
- Using Hydrogen Peroxide; also not proven scientifically and there is an added problem of safety as this substance is dangerous and toxic to healthy tissues.
- Using Apple Cider Vinegar; also not scientifically proven and since it is an acid it has a potential to erode enamel which is again harmful to teeth.
Therefore one must understand that yellowing of teeth is inescapable but there are ways to curb this problem. It is entirely up to a person to which method he resorts to.