Teeth Whitening Depends on the Type of Stains

Teeth WhiteningHave you ever considered teeth whitening? Or perhaps you have already had your teeth bleached, and loved the results. Or hated them. Much depends on the quality of bleaching agents, the means of administering the whitening to your smile, and the health of your teeth. That’s why best results are almost always found when you turn to a professional. Fort Worth dentist, Dr. Bob Jing offers two types of whitening – in office bleaching and at home kits – as well as other solutions for different types of smile stains.

What Type of Stains Do you Have?

Your decisions regarding brightening your smile should hinge on whether or not your stains are extrinsic or intrinsic. Here is a brief rundown on the two:

Extrinsic stains settle on the surfaces of your teeth. Because they lie outside of the tooth enamel, these stains are fairly easy to remove with traditional bleaching methods. Extrinsic stains most commonly come from lifestyle habits such as regular consumption of beverages which are dark in color (think coffee, red wine, and berry juices). You can also get these stains from tobacco use. Some staining will be alleviated by good brushing and flossing habits and six month cleanings. However, if the stains buildup or come on with age, professional teeth whitening can yield up to ten shades of brightness, making you look younger and more vibrant when you flash a beautiful, beaming grin.

Intrinsic stains will not respond to whitening because they come from internal parts of the tooth. Generally, inner stains are caused by certain medications (particularly tetracycline) or traumatic dental injuries. Fluorosis (from ingesting an abundance of fluoride at a young age) can also lead to this type of stain. If you do have intrinsic teeth stains, save your money on teeth whitening and consult with our dental team about treatments such as dental bonding, crowns, or porcelain veneers to cover up the discoloration.

Consult with your Fort Worth General Dentist

At 7 Day Dental Center, Dr. Bob Jing and our team of dental professionals offer convenience, comfort, and the latest in quality family dentistry. With a focus on patient education and access to advanced dental technology, we can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (817) 405-2001. We proudly service the residents of Fort Worth, Haltom City, Sansom Park, White Settlement, and surrounding communities.