Not all dental stains are created equal. Some stains penetrate deep within the teeth while others are only surface stains. Successful treatment of tooth discoloration begins with understanding the type of staining. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatments are effective at lifting most dental stains. Charleston dentist John F. Rink offers a variety of whitening options to restore the brilliance of your smile. Read on to learn more about the different types of tooth discoloration and whitening treatments.
Tooth discoloration is a normal part of aging, commonly occurring as a result of the teeth being exposed to foods and drinks over a lifetime. Certain foods, drinks, and habits (such as smoking or not practicing proper oral hygiene) can cause the teeth to become deeply stained or prematurely discolored. Tooth discoloration is nearly inescapable, however, it is treatable. Effectively treating dental discoloration begins with understanding the type of stain affecting the teeth. The different types of dental discoloration include:
There are many different treatment options available for restoring the brightness of even the most discolored teeth. Extrinsic stains generally respond well to teeth whitening treatments. Professional teeth whitening treatments, whether performed in-office or in-home, are usually very successful at lifting years of discoloration. For those with severe extrinsic discoloration, dental bonding or porcelain veneers may be a better treatment option.
Intrinsic stains don't always respond well to teeth whitening treatments due to the deepness of the discoloration. Sometimes, teeth whitening treatments can actually cause intrinsic stains to be more noticeable. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are typically a better option for restoring the brightness of intrinsically stained teeth. You can help reduce your risk of dental discoloration by practicing the following tips:
A bright, white smile can help restore confidence and rejuvenate your appearance. To find out which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rink today.