Is Teeth Whitening Right For Smokers?
By Dr. Ribeiro on June 10, 2021
Even if the teeth are straight and healthy, it can be compromised by superficial cosmetic flaws. One of the most common aesthetic concerns among our Clarksville, TN, dental patients is dental stains or discoloration. Tooth color can be affected by the foods and beverages people eat, but another common cause of dental stains is smoking.
Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro offers professional teeth whitening to enhance the appearance of discolored teeth. Teeth whitening brightens the teeth by several shades in as little as one hour. Individuals wondering about teeth whitening for smokers can learn more about the process here, as well as the steps that patients can take to prolong teeth whitening results.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening treatment relies on bleaching agents to erase dental stains from the surface of the teeth and improve overall tooth color. During an in-office treatment, Dr. Ribeiro applies a teeth whitening solution to the surface of the teeth. The solution contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which is significantly stronger than the dental bleaching products that are sold over-the-counter.
After the teeth whitening solution has been applied, the teeth are exposed to a special light that activates the bleaching agents. The teeth sit under the light for about 15 minutes. The teeth whitening solution is then cleaned off, and a new layer of whitening product is applied. This process is usually repeated two to three times. Within an hour, our Clarksville patients enjoy a brighter, whiter smile.
Is Teeth Whitening Effective On Dental Stains Caused By Smoking?
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, largely because it is so effective and affordable. However, it is important for people to understand that teeth whitening treatment is only suitable for extrinsic dental stains. Extrinsic stains affect the outer layer of tooth enamel, whereas intrinsic stains affect the deeper layers of the teeth.
Smoking discolors the teeth because it exposes them to tar and nicotine, which come into contact with tooth enamel and create yellow or brown stains. Smoking stains can be unattractive, but the good news is they are extrinsic in nature, which means they typically respond well to teeth whitening treatment.
Helping Smokers Prolong Teeth Whitening Results
Professional teeth whitening treatment should be able to lift and erase dental stains caused by smoking, and brighten the teeth by several shades. Unfortunately, unless a person chooses to quit smoking, new dental stains will develop over time, which will ultimately compromise teeth whitening results. We recommend that our Clarksville patients consider these tips for prolonging teeth whitening results, especially if they continue to smoke:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits (including regular brushing and flossing)
- Schedule dental exams and cleanings at least once every six months
- Limit foods and beverages that are deeply colored or highly acidic, including wine, coffee, and colas
- Brush the teeth or rinse with water after smoking
- Consider using our at-home teeth whitening kits between in-office treatments
If smoking has caused your teeth to become discolored or stained, teeth whitening treatment can help you restore the bright white smile you desire. To learn more about the teeth whitening techniques offered by Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro, send us a message online or call our dental practice at (931) 645-6362.
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