Are you teeth discolored? Do you feel embarrassed when you smile? You might be wondering if you are a candidate for teeth whitening at our Cheshire dental office.
Why Do Teeth Become Discolored?
To determine if you would be a good candidate for teeth whitening or bleaching, we must first examine the cause behind your discoloration.
There are two types of discoloration that can affect teeth:
- Extrinsic (external) staining
- Intrinsic (internal) staining
Extrinsic staining is stain that builds up on teeth from the foods and beverages that you eat and drink. The great news about extrinsic staining is that it is easy to remedy and remove! Extrinsic stain is most commonly caused by:
- Red wine
It's important to recognize, however, that other foods or beverages with strong coloration can stain your teeth as well.
Fixing Extrinsic Staining
Extrinsic stains can be fixed with teeth bleaching.
We offer several methods of teeth whitening here at Cheshire Dental Associates. A very effective and popular method of whitening is Philips Zoom Whitening, a system that allows your teeth to be whitened in a relaxing, pain-free, one-hour visit. We also offer traditional custom-fabricated whitening trays and whitening gel. Please contact our office for a consult to discuss your whitening goals to see if any of these convenient whitening protocols will fit your needs.
What About Intrinsic Staining?
Intrinsic stain is discoloration that is within your tooth. This type of stain is most commonly caused during tooth development (when you are less than four or five years old). Agents that can cause intrinsic stain include:
- Tetracycline, an antibiotic that can cause a characteristic intrinsic stain in developing teeth
- Fluorosis, caused by over-exposure to flouride during tooth development
- Trauma during or after full development of the tooth
- Root canal therapy
Intrinsic staining will not be remedied by teeth whitening or bleaching because the stain is inside the tooth. To fix this type of stain, bonding or veneers are most appropriate. Please see our section on "Fillings & Veneers" to learn more!
If you have stained teeth and would like to know what can be done to improve your smile, please call our Cheshire dental office to set up a consultation!