Understanding Teeth Whitening and Tooth Stains


Today, more than ever before people of all ages are having to deal with tooth stains and as such teeth whitening whether done professionally or at home only continues to grow in popularity. Teeth WhiteningIt is important understand the different types of stains that can occur on typical otherwise healthy teeth. There are intrinsic stains as well as extrinsic stains that must be considered. Intrinsic stains are those that develop inside of the teeth. They result from aging, tooth trauma, and even exposure to certain types of minerals. Also excessive amounts of fluoride ingested into the body can result in intrinsic stains. While years ago, intrinsic tooth staining was thought to be untreatable today these stains can be removed using certain types of teeth whitening technology. In some cases dental veneers may be required as a way to effectively eliminate intrinsic tooth staining [1].

Penetrate into the Dentin

Conversely, extrinsic tooth staining is the kind that appears on the surface of the teeth as a direct result of consuming certain types of foods, dark-colored beverages or even using tobacco. Routine wear and tear of the teeth can ultimately produce extrinsic types of stains too. Penetrate into the DentinSome extrinsic tooth staining is minor in nature and can easily be removed through routine brushing and dental cleanings. Conversely, more deeply rooted extrinsic stains that are stubborn and difficult to remove can be corrected but do require more involved procedures and treatment such as teeth bleaching [2]. Difficult extrinsic stains can eventually penetrate into the dentin and become deeply ingrained within the teeth. This is especially true if stains are not addressed early.

Tooth Staining

As mentioned earlier, tooth staining is caused by a number of factors including age, eating habits, smoking habits, the use of drugs and exposure to certain chemicals as well as even teeth grinding. The good news is that there are options available to those with either intrinsic or extrinsic tooth staining. Typically speaking, in office whitening is usually the best option. This is simply due to the fact that in office procedures can change color more significantly and in a Teeth Whitening Before and Aftershorter period of time. Different high-concentration peroxide-gels are in use today producing excellent results for patients in virtually all cases.

Easy to Use

Other alternatives that patients may wish to consider include take-home kits that are professionally dispensed as well as a variety of over-the-counter products. Keep in mind that professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits are known to produce excellent results and are a viable option as compared over-the-counter products. These kits are easy to use, convenient and use a lower concentration of peroxide that will remain on the teeth for a longer period of time. Whether patients choose in office whitening or take-home kits or over-the-counter products, one thing is sure that is the dental teeth whitening is a smart choice for those wishing to improve their outward appearance and enjoy a better and more beautiful smile. Contact your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Darvishzadeh today to learn more about teeth whitening techniques in his Walnut Creek dental office.


[1] Dental Veneers [2] Learn More About Teeth Whitening Technologies

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