Submitted by: Dr. Scott Reader, DMD, PA, Your Hometown Dentist, One Senior Place Resident Business

There are many causes of tooth discoloration. The most common include genetics, aging, and consumption of staining substances, excessive fluoride, and old fillings. The most common staining substances are smoking, coffee, tea, colas, red wine and tetracycline.

Tooth whitening was first done by a whitening gel placed in trays that fit over a person’s teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth in not changed, only the tooth is made lighter and whiter. Fillings, crowns and bonded teeth will not lighten. Dentists have known for years that bleaching is a fast, safe and predictable way to whiten teeth 2-7 shades in a matter of days.

One-hour laser teeth whitening is now more commonly used than the bleaching trays, however there is no scientific data that one procedure is more effective than the other is. Time, comfort and convenience are the major factors that play a role making the one-hour laser teeth whitening most common. Laser is done by a dentist who applies a thirty five percent hydrogen peroxide solution on the teeth.

Once this solution is on, a light is held a couple of inches away from the teeth to speed up the chemical reaction. There are various one hour laser teeth whitening systems available to people. Our office uses a top of the line system called Sapphire Whitening, which produces results in even 30 minutes. This procedure is safe and will not harm teeth or gums, and is especially formulated to prevent tooth sensitivity.

Over the counter whitening strips usually only lighten teeth one to two shades on average and normally just the front teeth. The results of a professional system and a dentist are permanent, depending on the amount of teeth exposure to the things mentioned earlier. Touch ups of teeth whitening can be done on an as needed basis, with no harm caused to the teeth.

Sensitive teeth and tooth discomfort are triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks. The pain can be sharp, sudden, and go deep into nerve endings of teeth. This is caused by the underlying layer of teeth, the dentin, which becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue. When the hard enamel does not cover the roots, pain can occur by certain triggers. Tooth decay near the gum line usually caused by periodontal disease, causes the root surface to be exposed.

Factors leading to sensitive teeth include brushing too hard, cracked teeth, teeth grinding, plaque build-up, mouthwash use, acidic foods, or even recent dental work, which is usually only temporary sensitivity. Steps you can take to reduce tooth sensitivity would be to see your dentist regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. Use a soft bristled toothbrush, desensitizing toothpaste, watch what you eat, use fluoridated dental products. Avoiding teeth grinding and clenching will also reduce tooth sensitivity but may require a mouth guard made by your dentist.


Dr. Scott Reader is a family and cosmetic dentist, specializing in Lumineers and the revolutionary Snap-On Smile.  His office is located at 7185 Murrell Road in Viera.  All seniors may schedule for a complimentary consultation by calling the office at 321-253-9588 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reader.

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