My niece and I were taking a selfie, and she said, “Why do your teeth look gray?”
When I started working at Seasons of Smiles five months ago, one of my worries was that my teeth were embarrassing to me. How could I work with people who look at teeth all day long when mine were gray and stained? However, I was told by dentists over the years that they were tetracycline stained and translucent and there wasn’t really anything I could do about it. What causes tooth discoloration? Genetics can be a factor, but other factors include cigarettes, dark foods and beverages (coffee, soda, tea and red wine), age, medications and tooth trauma.
My Tooth Whitening story.
I casually mentioned it to Michelle at the office that my teeth’s appearance bothered me. She told me to do something about it. When I told her that I couldn’t, Dr. Medina told me that we could try a product that helps with tetracycline staining. He told me to start with Sheer White whitening strips. I noticed right away that a lot of the staining disappeared pretty quickly. Next, he told me we would try Opalescence Go 10%. Opalescence Go whitening trays are prefilled, disposable trays that contain a powerful whitening gel. I was nervous about my teeth getting over sensitive but didn’t have any issues. Some people experience sensitivity while whitening. It typically disappears within a few days. My other concern was that I am a big coffee drinker. I figured that as soon as I had a cup of coffee, I would be right back where I started from, but I wasn’t. Whitening usually lasts several years. If your teeth start to discolor again over time, you simply repeat a treatment.
My teeth are really at a color that I am happy with now. I was out with my mom the other day, and she asked me to show her my teeth. Going back to my old embarrassments, I kind of grimaced at her but she told me she couldn’t believe how great my teeth looked!
Needless to say, I am extremely happy with the whitening treatments. I can smile brighter.
Don’t wait any longer to get the smile you want. Call my favorite dental office and ask us about our tooth whitening products and what we can do for you.