The darker tissue of your teeth, or known as the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things such as caffeine and tobacco.
Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee, tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
TYPES OF STAIN
Intrinsic stain, which is caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis, begins inside the tooth causing internal discoloration that can be seen outside of the tooth. Brushing and flossing will not help minimize this type of stain. Another type of stain, known as extrinsic stain, is caused by behavioral factors such as smoking or certain foods we eat and drink. These types of stain can be easily removed by brushing, flossing and rinsing.
More and more people today are choosing teeth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains. Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth. In addition, bleaching agents will not whiten any restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. Whitening prior to any dental restorative procedure is highly recommended so we can match your tooth shade to the new filling, crown or bridge.
Professional whitening performed by our dental office is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Preformed properly, teeth whitening can last as long as five years. We have two different types of procedures that can be done in the dentist office. The first method, that is used in both procedures, is custom fit trays that only you can wear. We will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. The following day, we can deliver your new whitening trays with tubes of whitening gel. This method can be done over a period of several days in the comfort of your own home. Our second procedure is our in office whitening treatment. Again, you will receive custom fit trays in addition to the application of our advance whitening system. In this method, you can leave our office with a whiter and brighter smile! Call our office today and ask if our whitening system is a good fit for you!