So your super-bright teeth have gone from white to not so white over time? The good news is professional teeth whitening is here to rescue you! But what exactly happened and why did this change of color occur? Well, a lot of things might have caused it, from eating and drinking things like coffee and tea, among other staining items, to smoking, trauma, medications, and even the natural process of aging. Teeth staining actually falls into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
Compared to extrinsic stains, these are more challenging to prevent and remove. These types of stains can result from prolonged exposure to minerals such as fluoride. Trauma and aging can also play a role. Although new technologies in teeth whitening have proven really helpful in combating these stains, they are far more challenging and often take significantly longer to get the desired results.
Extrinsic stains generally appear on the outer part of the teeth. They can result from prolonged exposure to coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco and other staining products. While regular brushing can help prevent these stains, extrinsic stains can be easily cleaned with professional teeth whitening. Lack of care, on the other hand, can make these stains penetrate the dentin, making it a lot more challenging to clean, even with professional teeth whitening.
Depending on the nature of stains involved, Dr. Norman will devise a method that will offer the best results for your specific case. We can help with in-office teeth whitening, which has helped a lot of our clients achieve amazing results. If possible, you may also get professional teeth-whitening options that may include the convenience of simple at-home treatment or a combination of an in-office and take-home whitening treatment.
Whatever would work best for you, we’ll only know after assessing your situation. Feel free to contact Dr. Norman and the Dream Smile team at 425-366-8246. We’ll be more than happy to help!