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Your Guide To Whiter Teeth

August 8, 2015

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , — lapalcodental @ 1:09 am

Do you want to have a brilliant, dazzling smile? Of course you do. At Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA we offer Professional Teeth Whitening to give you just that. In today’s blog post, we’re going to explain some of the reasons why your teeth get stained, which foods and beverages stain your teeth, and reasons why you should choose Professional Teeth Whitening.

Why Aren’t My Teeth White?

Discolored teeth can be extremely frustrating to our patients. They stress to us that they always brush their teeth, and have no cavities. They don’t understand why their teeth aren’t as white as they once where.

The truth is as you grow older, teeth can naturally become yellow or otherwise discolored. This can be caused by a whole host of things, including genetics. Other potential causes include certain prescription medications, smoking or chewing tobacco, and certain foods and drinks.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with discolored teeth.

At Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services. One of our most popular services is Professional Teeth Whitening, a quick procedure which can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile in about an hour.

Which Foods and Beverages Stain My Teeth?

There’s a pretty general rule of thumb to remember if you’re concerned about teeth stains. Basically, any food or beverage that can stain your clothes can stain your teeth. Frustratingly enough, many of the foods and drinks that can stain your teeth aren’t even bad for you.

Consider red wine for instance. Many doctors believe drinking a glass of red wine in the evening can benefit your health. But sadly, that’s far from true regarding the health of your teeth.

Red wine is made from grapes; as a result the wine is filled with natural dyes from the fruit. This dyes can literally dye your teeth as well. The resulting stains may not be red like the wine; but even after vigorously brushing a yellowish stain can gradually start to appear.

Does that mean that white wine is a better choice? Not necessarily.

All wine is filled with tannins. Tannins are a polyphenol found in fruits skins, trees, plants, and seeds. Red wine gets it’s tannins from grape skins; white white contains tannins from being aged in wooden barrels. If you’ve ever taken a wine-tasting course, you know that tannins help add to the flavor, dryness, and complexity of wine.

But what do tannins have to do with the whiteness of your teeth? Tannins are essentially sticky. They stick to your teeth and attract all sorts of residue from other foods and beverages. This residue can then stain your teeth.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

You could find about a dozen or more over-the-counter whitening products at any given pharmacy or grocery store. All of the them promise to give you a brighter smile, and whiter teeth. But the frustrating truth is that many of these products don’t deliver their advertised results. Some these products can even damage and irritate your gums.

Professional Teeth Whitening is different. Before we even begin, we ensure it’s safe for you to undergo Professional Teeth Whitening. Sometimes we will need to treat gum disease or correct tooth decay before begin Professional Teeth Whitening. We will also design a treatment plan for you if you have veneers, crowns, or other implements in your mouth.

Once we start Professional Teeth Whitening, it works, and it’s specially designed not to irritate your gums. We offer two types of Professional Teeth Whitening: In-Office treatment and Take-home treatment. In-office treatment works so fast, it allows you to leave the office with significantly whiter teeth. Take-home treatment takes a little longer to work, but is also amazingly effective.

Make An Appointment

Do you want to learn more about Professional Teeth Whitening? Or maybe you’re interested in making an appointment? Click here to contact the office of Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA.

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