Oral hygiene is one of the most sensitive aspects in a being. Good oral hygiene portrays a responsible human. It also boosts one's confidence when dealing with other people. The aesthetic properties of teeth play a big role is a person’s social life. Having a set of sparkling white teeth is a pride. However despite wishing for white teeth or trying to maintain them, somehow your teeth can end up being discolored. There are two major types of teeth discoloration: Extrinsic or exogenous discoloration which arises from deposits on the too the enamel or eating away of the enamel and intrinsic or endogenous discoloration which comes from eruption of chemicals from the body later deposited inside the tooth. There are various factors that can lead to discoloration of teeth. These factors include:

  • Tobacco use: deposited tar on the enamel sticks and changes the appearance of the teeth.
  • Aging process: The teeth enamel eventually wears away with age eventually exposing the dentine which takes in colour fast.
  • Medication which eat away the enamel.
  • Genetics
  • Acidic foods and drinks
  • Certain diseases
  • Naturally weak dental materials
  • Poor dental hygiene: Lack of daily flossing and brushing.

Discoloured teeth have a great effect on somebody's social life. It is rare to find a person with yellow or brown teeth smiling confidently in public. Discolored teeth diminish the value of your smile in the current beauty conscious society. It exposes on to psychological distress, self esteem issues, depression and anxiety among peers. These are the pulling factor that drives people to find way in which to whiten their discolored teeth. Although there are various ways of teeth whitening, best dentists offer the best aesthetic dentistry.

There are various ways of teeth whitening advocated locally that are either ineffective or harmful to your teeth. These methods include;

  • Charcoal toothpaste: There is no chemically proven composition that has teeth whitening characteristics. Prolonged use of charcoal actually wears out the teeth enamel losing its natural sheen. Charcoal particles also tend to stick to the fun giving them a bluish/blackish coloration that is hard to get rid of.
  • Home remedies such as the use of vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda whose acidic properties actually corrode the teeth enamel.
  • Over- The -Counter whitening kits: The bleaching gels and tapes used can actually harm your gum which can lead to infection.

Expert dentists however can give you quality whitening services at a slightly higher cost than the locally recommended ways and actually fives you a value for your money.

Effective and consistent teeth brushing and flossing techniques prevent build up of plague thus extrinsic staining is avoided. The yellow coloration and recent food colors ate eliminated in the process.

Professional dentist teeth cleaning are also effective. It removes the stained tooth layer leaving it sparkling. This however should be periodical or accompanied by preventive measures to ensure no further staining. Use of stain removal toothpaste recommended by the Dentists association also has encouraging results.

  Maintaining purely white teeth is difficult because as you grow up the enamel thins out too but it is called for. If that's so, are teeth whitening really worth it?

Author's Bio: 

Marina Pal is a renowned author and social media enthusiast