A friend in Clackamas recently asked me why his son's new permanent teeth were so yellow. I asked him to come down to my Oregon City office to see if they needed bleaching.
What I found was two normally colored permanent teeth growing up between normal blue-white-colored primary teeth. Many parents get concerned when they see the contrast in color but it this is perfectly normal.
Permanent teeth are always darker than primary teeth and the difference is especially noticable when they are next to each other. Once all the primary teeth fall out, the permanent teeth should look just fine.
Occassionally, the permanent teeth come in especially yellow. This can be treated with dental bleaching.
Ways to bleach your teeth:
A one day Zoom treatment using very powerful bleaching agents with bright light to active it.
Dentist-made bleaching trays to wear for an hour or so each night over a few days to a week.
Buy bleaching strips at the drug store and wear them for a few weeks at night.
All work, but there are pluses and minuses for each:
The drug store ones are less expensive but do not reach all the teeth and feel slimey.
The one day treatment is fast but are expensive and can cause more tooth sensitivity.
The custom tray seems to be a good compromise of cost, time, and sensitivity.
Our Portland office has been using clear retainers after orthodontic treatment that can also double as a bleaching tray for many years. This approach works well because all the permanent teeth are present and in a stable bite, and the additional brightening just makes the newly straight teeth look fantastic.
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