Bay Shore NY Cosmetic Dentist Explains the Shift

One of the top procedures your Bay Shore NY cosmetic dentist performs for patients is teeth whitening. Why do people seek this treatment so frequently? The answer is simple: people love to look great and feel amazing. We are just happy we can be part of that process.


There are typically only a few ways that teeth can yellow over time, requiring such teeth whitening treatments that we offer. These occur from the natural structure of your teeth changing as you age, and because of staining due to dietary choices made.


As we age naturally, and also due to long-term exposure to sugar and acids, the enamel can thin out around our teeth.  This protective layer is what helps protect our teeth against harm and can mean substances are not only able to stain the tooth on the outside easier, but more things can shine from the inside too.


What we mean is that dentin, a layer at the center of the teeth, can show through the worn enamel. Dentin, by nature, is yellow typically, but can also change over time due to environmental or natural factors. Its exact shade is different in every individual, as is the exact thickness of our enamel. When dentin is exposed, any harsh dark pigments that stain teeth can be even more effective and dramatic.


To avoid the discoloration of teeth, there are a few things you can do. Lower a number of sugars and acids you take in on a daily basis. This includes realizing and regulating the amounts of heavily staining options such as coffee, red wine, teas and more that you may utilize often. Drinking plenty of water, maintaining a healthy diet and brushing and flossing regularly never hurt either.


For more information on teeth whitening from your Bay Shore NY cosmetic dentist, or to make an appointment, please call our office today at (631) 665-8484.