Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. It is the most popular treatment by both men and women alike and the treatments available range from one-hour one-time dental visits to take-home do-it-yourself kits. Tooth whitening is popular because it can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth at much less cost and inconvenience than other techniques. Yellow or stained teeth are a common problem most Americans will develop at some point in their lives but can remedy with proper treatment. Our teeth contain enamel, a porcelain-like surface that started out sparkling white. Tooth enamel is designed to protect the teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma and acid attacks caused by sugar. Over time, our enamel starts to hold stains within its pores and becomes more transparent and permits the yellow color of dentin, the tooth's core material, to show through. As more stains and debris accumulate because of normal wear and tear and eating habits, the teeth develop a dull, lackluster appearance. Tooth whitening exists to remove the stains and debris associated with diet and aging.
Because the dentin and the enamel of your teeth can become discolored, there are two types of whitening. For teeth yellowing on the inside, a whitening gel is used. This gel is soaked into your teeth where it works to whiten the dentin. However, many stains on your enamel can be cleaned with professional teeth cleaning. If you are unsure which type of whitening is best for you, contact our office today for a professional opinion.
There are two types of staining as related to teeth: Extrinsic Staining and Intrinsic Staining