It’s amazing how something as small as your teeth can have a huge impact on your confidence level. Teeth that are discolored can leave you feeling embarrassed and self-conscious. There are many reasons why teeth become stained and discolored. The great thing is that there is something you can do about it. At Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry we can help you to find a whitening option that brightens your smile and gives you a much-needed boost of confidence.
Types of Tooth Stains
Extrinsic stains are those that occur on the outer surface of your teeth. These are stains and discoloration that are typically caused by what you eat and drink. Common culprits include coffee, red wine, curry, and tomato sauces. Habits like smoking can also cause extrinsic stains. These stains are caused by chemicals in tobacco products, including nicotine and tar.
Intrinsic stains are those that occur on the inside of your teeth. They occur when the dentin of your teeth yellow or darken. Culprits of intrinsic stains include the use of some antibiotics at a very young age, overexposure to fluoride, and dental trauma.
When most people are unhappy with the color of their teeth, one of the first places they tend to go is to the store. There are countless options to choose from, and it can be quite overwhelming. Popular options include specially designed toothpaste, whitening strips, and whitening kits. Toothpaste use abrasives to scrub teeth. This can help remove minor surface stains. Strips and kits contain ingredients that are designed to break down and eliminate stains. However, the concentrations are generally low. Because of this, results are minimal. Some may only notice an improvement of one shade.
For whitening more significant stains, professional whitening is recommended. This can be done with a single in-office treatment or by using whitening trays for a set length of time. Professional whitening uses higher concentrations of whitening or bleaching ingredients. This enables us to help you achieve much more drastic results in a shorter timeframe. In-office whitening agents have the highest concentrations of active ingredients. The procedure generally only takes an hour, and your teeth can be improved several shades. With whitening trays, we custom create trays to fit your mouth and provide you with a whitening agent. Trays are worn for a set time based on your goals and your degree of discoloration.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
San Francisco, San Jose, Los Altos and Bay Area teeth whitening patients love Zoom! Teeth Whitening – a revolutionary in-office teeth whitening procedure that can lighten your teeth up to eight shades whiter in an hour.
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. You may have seen the Zoom! process used on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”
Learn more about brightening your smile with Zoom! Teeth Whitening.
Are There Any Limitations to Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening can be an effective solution for many patients with tooth discoloration. However, there are some limitations. Whitening may not be effective on brown stains. It is also not always effective for gray stains. It cannot treat stains caused by medication use or dental trauma. If you have veneers, bonding, or crowns, whitening cannot treat these dental restorations. If you want to improve the color of your teeth, you may have to have your restorations changed so that they can match the new color of your teeth.
Other Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
Just because whitening cannot treat certain types of stains, this does not mean that you are stuck with discolored teeth. You may be able to improve the color of your teeth using dental bonding or veneers. We can help you to find the best solution to suit your needs and help you achieve the best possible results.
Whitening is a simple, non-invasive way to enhance the look of your teeth and boost your confidence. For more information, and to find out what whitening option is right for you, contact Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry at (650) 949-3376 today.