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Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a procedure that lightens your teeth and helps remove stains and discoloration. Although tooth whitening dramatically improves the look of your teeth, it is not a one-time procedure. Maintenance treatments are recommended every so often to help you keep your bright, sparkling smile.


Three Categories of Teeth Whitening Products:

Why Do You Need Teeth Whitening?

The outer layer of your teeth is referred to as enamel. The color of your teeth comes from the reflection of light off your enamel and the color of the dentin underneath it.


Your genes determine both the thickness and smoothness of your enamel. The thinner your enamel, the more dentin color shows through. Whether you have smoother or rougher enamel is also a factor that affects light reflection and the color of your teeth.


Additionally, your enamel contains pores and develops a thin coating, two characteristics that cause your teeth to pick up and hold stains.


These stains often result from:

• Certain beverages like tea and coffee
• Age
• Plaque and tartar
• Tobacco use
• Several foods including pasta sauce, balsamic vinegar, curry, and berries


While tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains, exposure to too much fluoride as a child, as well as certain antibiotics and trauma, also cause your teeth to darken.


For a brighter, whiter smile that improves your self-confidence, call or make an appointment online today with one of the dentists at Smile Boutique in Winchester, MA.

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