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At some point, you may decide that it is time to whiten your teeth. There are many reasons why the color of your teeth changes. The things you eat and drink, like coffee, tea, and red wine can stain teeth. Some medications can cause your teeth to darken. If you’ve had an injury to your mouth, the trauma may cause your teeth to change color. And of course, your teeth may turn yellow as you get older. There is no shortage of oils and other commercial products that are designed to whiten your teeth, but teeth-whitening may not be for you. And before you begin doing anything to your teeth, you should contact Sean T. Ky at 626-792-0448. Dr. Ky will be able to advise you as to the best way to whiten your teeth, or if it is something you should even consider.

Besides natural remedies that advertise tooth-whitening, there are toothpastes on the market that can remove stains on teeth. These may use abrasives, or chemicals that can polish the surface of your teeth. Many people try bleaching their teeth at home using a gel that contains peroxide or a whitening strip that is placed over the teeth. Dentists can perform chair-side bleaching. In that process, the dentist places a gel or shield over your gums before applying bleach to your teeth. Some side effects from the process may be tooth sensitivity or damaged tooth enamel or gums.

It’s important to know that whitening does not work on all teeth. The color of your teeth, your dental work and your oral health are all important factors to consider before starting a bleaching procedure. That’s why it is so important for you to make an appointment to talk with us at our office.

The best way to keep your smile bright it to brush two times a day and floss at least once a day, limit foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, avoid tobacco, and to see us regularly at Sean T. Ky, DDS in Pasadena, California. If you are interested in teeth-whitening, give us a call at 626-792-0448.