If your child has tooth discoloration that brushing and flossing can’t resolve, teeth whitening is a simple solution for a brighter smile. Michael Brody, DDS, Dana Storch, DDS, and the team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry in Aventura and Miami Beach, Florida, offer teeth whitening for children and teens with discolored teeth. Teeth whitening is a safe, effective treatment that can transform your child’s smile. To learn more, call Brody Pediatric Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.
Teeth whitening refers to the process of lightening the natural shade of discolored teeth. Most teeth whitening products contain peroxide-based solutions that break up stains. Teeth are naturally porous, so they can absorb whitening solutions and gels to dissolve the pigmented molecules.
There are two types of stains that whitening products treat:
Extrinsic stains are on the surface of your child’s tooth enamel. That hard layer protects the soft dentin underneath. Over-the-counter (OTC) products, such as store-bought whitening toothpaste, mouth rinses, and strips, can remove some extrinsic surface stains. However, they cannot penetrate the deeper layers of teeth.
Intrinsic stains affect the deeper layers of your child’s teeth where OTC products can’t reach. Only professional teeth whitening can effectively remove intrinsic stains. Professional whitening penetrates the deepest layers of your child’s teeth to remove extrinsic and intrinsic stains.
While children are less prone to yellow teeth than adults, they aren’t exempt. Many children and teens experience tooth discoloration due to their diet, lifestyle, or genetics. Some of the most common reasons children need teeth whitening include:
Thicker enamel typically results in whiter teeth. Children born with naturally thick enamel generally have whiter teeth than those with thin enamel.
During professional teeth whitening, the team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry uses a barrier to protect your child’s lips and gums. Next, they apply a hydrogen peroxide whitening solution to their teeth. Some whitening gels are more effective when activated by an LED light, resulting in brighter results.
Teeth whitening typically takes 45-60 minutes. To help your child or teen maintain their results, make sure they practice good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing and avoid teeth-staining foods and drinks as much as possible.
To learn more about teeth whitening, call Brody Pediatric Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.