Teeth whitening

Beautiful, straight teeth come into their own when they are also appealingly bright white and have no discoloration. They also convey vitality and health to the other person and suggest that the wearer of such beautiful, white teeth attaches great importance to personal hygiene. Did you know, for example, that many hiring managers also look at the applicant’s teeth during job interviews? In this respect, radiant white teeth are not only visually more appealing, but also automatically give you a little bonus with your counterpart. So they are a good investment.

However, many of the habits of our modern way of life mean that they also leave traces on our teeth: smoking, coffee, tea, spices, red wine, lemonades such as cola, which contain sugar and citric acid, or certain drugs such as some antibiotics can cause external ( so-called extrinsic) tooth discoloration. What’s also little known is that many mouthwashes contain tin fluoride and chlorhexidine to reduce plaque. However, these active ingredients can cause tooth discoloration for which there initially seems to be no reason. Or maybe you take iron tablets regularly? These react with the hydrogen sulfide of the bacteria in the mouth, so that black iron sulfide is formed, which stains the teeth.

In addition, some toothpastes are advertised with slogans such as “Extreme Whitening ” or “Natur White Extreme”. However, some of these toothpastes are far too aggressive, causing them to rub off tooth enamel. The result is that the dentin shows through to a greater extent, which in turn has a yellowish hue. Therefore, pay attention to the so-called RDA value ( Radioactive Dentin Abrasion) on the packaging, which indicates how much the tooth enamel is being rubbed off. Prefer toothpastes whose RDA does not exceed 35-50. They clean well, but don’t rub the enamel too hard. Pastes with values ​​above 95, on the other hand, should not be used daily. A professional oral hygiene in our practice for orthodontics in Berlin Mitte can usually remove most external discolorations well. We also give you tips on what you can do to keep your teeth bright and white.

In addition, experts also speak of intrinsic discoloration. These are internal discolorations that are caused in the dentin or enamel. There can be different reasons for this as well. For example, as you get older, the enamel becomes thinner and the dentin beneath it, which is yellowish in color, shows through. It is also possible that a tooth dies as a result of an accident, as a result of a root canal treatment or as a result of caries, which also turns it yellow. However, there are also people who naturally have a yellowish natural color of their teeth. They can’t do anything about it, but many find it visually disturbing. In such cases, external whitening can help. For example, if the teeth have a yellowish inherent color, a whitening of around 5 to 10 percent can be achieved. If there are other reasons for the yellow tinge, greater successes can also be achieved.

If you are interested in professional teeth cleaning or bleaching, we will first take a close look at your teeth in our orthodontic practice in Berlin Mitte to clarify the causes of the discoloration. Then we will coordinate with you which treatment steps make sense so that you can show your best smile again.

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M.Sc. Nurhak Karabulut
Mauerstrasse 83
10117 Berlin

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