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Are you teeth stained? Do you ever feel the need to whiten your teeth? If so, you’re probably not surprised to hear that you’re not alone in this desire. American spend $1.4 billion dollars on teeth whitening a year—before professional whitening is factored in. Still, wouldn’t you rather prevent the need for whitening? If so, here are some facts that will help you to prevent stains and tooth discoloration.

As you probably know, a few external factors can cause discoloration. For example, tobacco can adversely affect the color of your teeth, whether you chew, use a pipe, or smoke cigarettes. Some beverages, such as cola, tea, or coffee, can also stain your teeth. Finally, certain medications have been known to darken teeth.

The color of your teeth color can also be determined by things you can’t control. In fact, did you know aging and genetics can be responsible for the color of your teeth? Fortunately, you have a few whitening options. Of course, our team can help. After inspecting your teeth, we’ll see that your needs are met and will develop a whitening plan specifically for you.

While a whitening kit may be more affordable, did you know that a professional whitening will yield results much more quickly? A professional whitening treatment is also safer than a home treatment. Sadly, at-home treatments may make your teeth more sensitive and can cause permanent damage to your enamel. Also, since at-home kits are not made specifically with you in mind, your gums are more likely to be irritated.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact North Texas Dental Associates at 972.535.6647. Our dentist, Dr. James Hillstrom and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have.