Teeth Whitening 101

You’ve seen it: whether you’re watching TV, flipping through a magazine, surfing the web, or passing a billboard on the highway, there’s no avoiding it: the alluring, bright-white, of a gleaming smile, and no matter what the advertisement is about, your eye is drawn to that seemingly perfect, white smile. It seems nearly every smile that appears in an advertisement is a luminous, almost unattainable, white. Recently the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry released the results of a random survey asking: “If you could change one thing to improve your smile, what it would be?” The overwhelming response: whiter teeth! In a related survey posed to dentists, “What is the most popular cosmetic procedure at your practice?” The winner? Teeth whitening.

It seems the bright white smile is what “everyone” is seeking, but just because your teeth don’t have that Hollywood-bright-white-glow, don’t fret, it doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. It’s proven that brushing and flossing keep your teeth healthy and clean but doesn’t always give patients that desirable level of whiteness. Our teeth gradually change color over time from food and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine because their color pigments (chromogens) attach to the white, outer part of the tooth (enamel). Additionally, as we age, enamel gets thinner and dentin (the part of the tooth directly under the enamel that is yellowish in color) shows through. Also, some medications can cause your teeth to darken. Antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications are known culprits.

No matter what the reason, if you’re looking to whiten your teeth it’s best to consult a dentist.

Teeth whitening isn’t for everyone, for example: persons with discoloration due to medication or injury. Additionally, teeth can not be whitened beyond a certain point no matter how many times you whiten them. The truth is, bleaching products do not really whiten teeth. They work by eliminating stains on the surface of the enamel.

A dentist will advise which whitening option is best for you. Secondly, a dentist is equipped to assist with discomforts that may arise after treatment, such as tooth sensitivity. Other benefits to using your dentists include the use of advanced products that whiten the teeth and provide immediate results.

If you’re looking for teeth whitening services in Newburyport, MA look no further than Dentistry of Newburyport!

Call us today 978-465-8492 and schedule a free consultation to discover the best way to whiten your teeth!

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Elise Mitchell
Elise Mitchell
2022-06-08
The Dentistry of Newburyport team is always so friendly and helpful. I look forward to my bi-annual cleanings here (:
Heather True
Heather True
2022-06-03
I’ve gone here for more than a decade because I love the staff! From the receptionists to the dentists, everyone is fantastic. My favorite person here is my hygienist Jamie. She is awesome, even when I show up on her birthday! I highly recommend their services.
Larry Hill
Larry Hill
2022-06-02
Wonderful people ❤
HOLLY G
HOLLY G
2022-05-26
Dentristry of NBPT has a kind and caring staff they are always on time and keep you informed of your dental health. Jamie my hygienist is so sweet, I’ve been a patient here for about 20 +years. Great work done by great people.
Justin Auger
Justin Auger
2022-05-25
This was the best dentist I have ever been to. The Dr. Was amazing and super polite. I can’t wait to go back.
Joan Cassin
Joan Cassin
2022-05-19
Jamie is always so considerate, kind, and professional. I always leave feeling good and know that I’ve gotten excellent care. The best.
Joe Martis
Joe Martis
2022-05-17
Linda Doodnauth
Linda Doodnauth
2022-05-05
Loved 🥰 working with Karen! She makes things feel better ❤️‍🩹! Keeps us coming back! She’s got a lot of positivity, and that helps a lot with my 87 year old mother!
Douglas Settele
Douglas Settele
2022-04-21
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Janet Murphy
2022-04-11
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