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The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked dental patients what they most want to improve about their smile, and do you know what was the most common answer? You got it: teeth whitening. If you are considering it, but wonder about some things first, here are a few answers to common questions:

Why are my teeth discolored?

There are many possible reasons:
-What you put in your mouth: Coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco, as well as medications like antihistamines, antipsychotics, or high blood pressure medicine can stain your teeth.
-Medical treatments: If you’ve had chemotherapy or head or neck radiation treatments, a possible byproduct is yellowed teeth.
-Age: As you age, the natural enamel that makes your teeth look white can rub off, revealing the yellow dentin underneath.
-Injury: Physical trauma can also remove enamel, yellowing one’s teeth.

How do teeth whiteners brighten my smile?

All over-the-counter whitening products contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Laundry bleach breaks up the stains on your clothes, right? Teeth bleach does the same to your teeth. If you want to try over-the-counter products please use only products with an ADA seal of approval. These are tested for safety and effectiveness. If you request teeth whitening at Philippe Athuil, DDS, you can trust us to use gentle yet powerful products.

Does whitening work on all stains?

Not all. Dr. Philippe Athuil can give you the most personalized advice, but here are a few guidelines:
-Yellow teeth respond well to bleach treatments, but brown and gray tones typically don’t.
-Veneers, crowns and fillings are made from materials that cannot be whitened with bleach.
-Discoloration caused by medications or injuries are hard to reverse.

Still interested? Call us at Philippe Athuil, DDS in Beverly Hills, California at 310-286-2241. We’ll make that smile sparkle.