Category: Teeth Whitening

Enamel Erosion: When Yellow Teeth are “Permanent”

By now, you should know that there are a lot of things that can stain your teeth. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and drinking tea or coffee too much are just a few of the many causes of an unattractive smile. In most cases, visiting the dentist and asking for a cosmetic whitening treatment is enough to reverse the damage, and restore your teeth to a more attractive colour.

veneersBut what if you always take great care of your teeth, follow your dentist’s advice, and still suffer from a yellow smile? To your frustration, no amount of brushing or flossing can help, and whitening treatments have only disappointed you. This is normal, and it has to do with the condition of your teeth’s enamel.

Why Some Teeth are Naturally Yellow

The enamel is the protective, slightly translucent outer layer of your teeth, and it gets thinner as people age. As the enamel continues to erode, the yellow layer below it (called the dentin) gradually becomes more visible. Tooth grinding or drinking acidic substances, like soft drinks, can greatly accelerate this process.

When this happens, whitening treatments will no longer help; there are no superficial stains to remove, as the yellow shade comes from beneath the tooth’s surface.

The Solution to Thinning Enamel

While conventional whitening treatments may no longer be able to give the smile you want, there are still options available to you. Dentists can place cosmetic veneers and crowns over your teeth, giving them a much whiter, more attractive appearance.

Veneers are the perfect choice for teeth that are strong and healthy, but simply have a few minor flaws. Apart from covering up yellow enamel, dentists will also recommend veneers to fix any cracks, chips, or other signs of damage.

Tooth enamel that is very thin or has suffered extensive damaged may not bond well with veneers, however. In this case, dental crowns are the best choice. They will not only give your teeth a whiter surface, but restore their form, function, and durability as well.

Giving you a perfect smile has always been our goal here at Northlight Dental. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or for any inquiries.

Getting the Perfect B1 Shade

Have your teeth lost their lustre because of the dingy yellow or gray stains?

Stained teeth occur as we age. With each decade, our teeth can get up to one to two shades darker as the colour pigments inside the teeth become more prominent. Genetics play a role in the darkening of our teeth, too, and so are some types of food, drinks, and even mouthwashes.

Teeth WhiteningLike most of our patients, you probably want to have a whiter smile. In fact, you probably want to have “the whitest teeth possible”—around an A2 shade. That shade, unfortunately, can make your teeth look artificial. The best would be B1, which is generally considered the lightest naturally occurring shade.

So how can you get the perfect B1 tooth shade? Read on.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is obviously the easiest option to achieve the tooth shade you want. You can go for a professional in-office whitening treatment. You can also do it at home using mouth trays or strips.

At Northlight Dental, we use a home whitening method that involves a custom plastic mouth tray and a whitening gel. This method distributes the whitening paste evenly, unlike whitening strips that cannot reach near the gum line.

Dental Veneers

Getting dental veneers is an option, too, especially when your existing teeth are so dark that whitening may not work. If your not-so-pearly-whites are particularly heavily filled, dark, or broken down, this treatment may be the perfect solution to restore them.

Dental veneers are a thin layer that sits on the surface of your natural teeth. Because we place them over your natural tooth, you can have them in almost any shade you like. If you want a perfect B1 shade, it is possible with dental veneers.

The most effective whitening method will vary from person to person. Fortunately, here at Northlight Dental, we can guide you in making the right choice and help you determine what is best for your situation.

If you want to get your teeth the B1 shade, let us help you through our teeth whitening and dental veneer treatments. Book for a cosmetic consultation today.