Teeth whitening can remove most mild to moderate teeth stains that are known as extrinsic teeth stains. However, they may not be able to remove more severe stains that are known as intrinsic. This review discusses the types of stains that can and cannot be removed through teeth whitening treatment.
The two main types of teeth stains are extrinsic and intrinsic. Understanding the differences with each type and when teeth whitening is an option can help you make an informed decision. We also discuss ways to treat more severe stains that cannot be properly treated through professional whitening.
Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure offered by most dentists. The purpose of treatment is to improve the color shade of teeth to make teeth appear brighter and more attractive. Treatment involves the use of a whitening gel that targets and removes mild to moderate teeth discoloration and stains. Teeth whitening treatment is safe for most patients and does not cause much, if any, discomfort or side effects.
There are different types of teeth stains. The two most notable stain types are extrinsic stains and intrinsic stains. Extrinsic teeth stains are the most common type of teeth stain. These stains can be treated through teeth whitening. They occur when the outermost layer of the tooth (enamel) Extrinsic stains typically result from poor oral hygiene, dark-colored beverages and foods, smoking, and tobacco use. An intrinsic stain affects the deeper layers of the tooth and cannot be treated through teeth whitening. They can result from dental trauma, the use of certain medications, overexposure to fluoride, or natural discoloration of the dentist as teeth age.
Dentists recommend professional teeth whitening to treat mild to moderate extrinsic stains. This is because these stains exist only on the outer layer of the tooth, making it easier to remove the stains and discoloration.
Intrinsic stains require more extensive treatment than teeth whitening since they extend deeper into the tooth. Often, dentists recommend dental veneers, dental bonding, or dental crowns to treat intrinsic stains. Dentists may recommend fluoride treatment or dental fillings for the treatment of dental cavities.
The dentist can conduct an oral examination during a teeth whitening consultation to determine if any oral health concerns need treatment before starting teeth whitening. They also look to see if the stains are extrinsic or intrinsic. If the stains are extrinsic, then they can perform teeth whitening treatment the same day or during a follow-up visit.
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Speak with our dental team today to learn more about the different types of stains and when teeth whitening is recommended. We are glad to answer your questions and help you decide on the best way to improve your smile during a consultation at our dental practice.