Understanding tooth stains and available whitening services

Understanding tooth stains and available whitening services

You don’t need to be invited to a Presidential luncheon for you to get a bright and radiant smile. A smile tells just much and a great smile is second to no other type of make-up.

Several factors affect how attractive our smiles can be. Yellow, brown, and dark stains cause our teeth to look dull and unattractive, which hurts our confidence and personality in varying degrees.

Well, it’s important to understand the type of tooth stains and how to go about them.

Types of tooth stains

1. Extrinsic Stains

These are stains that discolor your enamel – the outer protective layer of the tooth. Extrinsic tooth stains show up when the enamel comes in contact with darkening drinks and foods such as berries, red wine, or nicotine (found in tea, coffee, and cigarette). Progressively, this contact causes your enamel to absorb some of the staining colors.

Another form of extrinsic tooth stains is fluorosis, which is a change in the appearance of the tooth’s enamel surface. Fluorosis can either be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild forms of fluorosis appear as white-lacy markings on the tooth’s enamel, moderate fluorosis looks just like mild but covers more of the tooth whereas severe fluorosis is characterized by an enamel with pitting and brown spots.

2. Intrinsic Stains

Intrinsic stains affect the sensitive layer underneath the enamel, called dentin. Although dentin is naturally darker and more yellow than enamel, poor oral hygiene habits and wear-and-tear gives it more exposure.

Professional whitening treatment is always effective to reverse damage caused by intrinsic stains.

3. Age-Related Stains

Our bodies change with age. You need to anticipate that as you grow old, your dentin will darken and your enamel will thin even more. This results in unavoidable teeth discoloration.

Nonetheless, no matter your age, we create and recreate beautiful smiles for all. Talk with us for professional and cost-effective in-office whitening services and get your radiant smile, just as you would love it.

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