Types of Teeth Staining Whitening Processes
Intrinsic Teeth Staining Whitening
Staining, intrinsically, means that the stains are present throughout the hard outer enamel layer and have penetrated the underlying yellow dentin layer. Naturally, the dentin tissue becomes more stained and yellower as you grow older, and it becomes more visible because the enamel often thins with age.
This problem can’t be cured with just whitening toothpaste, which is meant for stains on the enamel. Instead, you’ll need a professional whitening treatment that is commonly offered by many dental practices. These are intended to have a deep whitening effect that reduces the discoloration of dentin beneath the enamel.
Other teeth whitening methods for intrinsic damage involve crowning or bonding. With crowning, your dentist will place caps or veneers over your stained teeth. These will have the same color as whiter teeth and can shield your teeth from further damage and staining. Another method you can opt to whiten the teeth is bonding, which is basically like applying a layer of composite resin over the teeth.
Extrinsic Teeth Staining Whitening
Extrinsic stains are limited to the enamel layer of the teeth. Whatever you eat, the outer layer of your teeth is bound to be affected by it. As time passes, the stains will become permanent, and the enamel changes color because of the foods you eat as well as the beverages you drink.
The leading cause of such stains is deeply colored foods like berries, tea, wine, and coffee. Also, tobacco is the main source of staining for those who habitually smoke or chew it. To remove extensive staining, you can use whitening toothpaste that removes discoloration gently.
If your stains are too permanent, you can go to your dentist who will remove them with professional whitening treatments. To preserve the results of your professional teeth whitening, you should refrain from eating or drinks dark foods or beverages that would stain a white t-shirt for at least three- seven days after you whiten your teeth.
Whitening for Age-Related Teeth Staining
As you age, your body goes through various changes and the same applies to your teeth; they suffer from a loss of enamel and discoloration of dentin as you grow older. Both problems cause teeth to appear to be stained with a deep, yellow color.
We can recommend whitening trays that you can use at home, but it’s possible that you don’t get the most optimal results with this option. In that case, we suggest a cleaning with our hygienist followed by a professional in-office whitening to get the deeper, longer lasting benefits of tooth whitening.
You can retain the whiteness of your teeth by using shielding techniques like crowning or bonding, which involve applying an additional layer to your teeth to thicken the enamel.
These treatments, along with proper oral care can be effective in keeping your teeth white and bright. You can get better results with teeth whitening if you choose to keep foods with a staining potential to a minimum.
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