If possible, the easiest way of having beautiful white teeth is to keep them from discoloring in the first place. When it comes to kids teeth, the 2 most common types of discoloration are:
Intrinsic Discoloration – This type of discoloration is caused when the supportive structure of the tooth (underlying dentin) darkens or develops a yellowish tint. Causes include:
- Overexposure to fluoride
- Dental trauma or injury
- Exposure to tetracycline antibiotics during the second half of pregnancy or early childhood
- Rare dental conditions such as dentinogenesis imperfect
Extrinsic Discoloration – This type of discoloration is caused by stains on the teeth. Sodas and other dyed foods or drinks are the common scents responsible for stained teeth in children.
At Home Prevention
To prevent extrinsic staining, there are some homecare remedies available. Of course, regularly brushing and flossing the teeth after meal times will keep them whiter due to the fact that the teeth have been less exposed to potentially staining foods and drinks. For more aggressive whitening solutions, there are a number of over-the-counter whitening products such as bleaching strips or mouthpieces and whitening toothpastes. While these options may work, they will only provide limited effectiveness in contrast to the whitening solutions offered by your pediatric dentist.
Professional Whitening Solutions
While regular cleanings can certainly help with the removal of external staining, sometimes more advanced whitening techniques are necessary. Dr. Mike can currently provide patients with the following options:
With Philips Zoom, you can brighten your smile in up to eight different shades. Most importantly, this whitening technique is safe and efficient. While other whitening products can harm your child’s teeth and gums, Philips Zoom will give your child’s teeth greater luster and enamel protection. Unlike over-the-counter whitening systems, the Zoom system uses varying light intensities that Dr. Mike will tailor directly to your whitening goals and sensitivity level. This technique is often a solution for teens and late adolescents who have developed staining while wearing braces.
Custom Bleaching Trays
Another solution provided includes prescription strength whitening gels and custom trays. These trays will be crafted to comfortably fit to your child’s teeth so that they may be worn at night. After several nighttime applications, your child’s teeth will be stain free and beautiful.
Choosing the Best Whitening Option
Letting Dr. Mike know you or your child is unhappy with their dental appearance is the simple first step approach. While any change in tooth color is ordinarily observed during your child’s regular appointments, parents and children are always welcome to request in-depth consultations regarding any cosmetic issues of interest with Dr. Mike.
Whether considering home remedies, zoom treatment, or custom bleaching trays, having Dr. Mike evaluate your child’s teeth during his/her next appointment is the recommended first step in providing you with the most appropriate dental whitening solution.