Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we have never encountered a dull smile that we couldn’t improve.
Generally speaking, there are two types of tooth stains: extrinsic and instrinsic.
Extrinsic stains are surface stains, caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging. These stains respond somewhat to over-the-counter whitening products like toothpaste, but the whitening is usuallly minimal and doesn’t last long.
Intrinsic stains form on the inside of the tooth. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining. These stains are harder to remove, but it can be done. Most patients get the best results from professional whitening systems.
It be done! But once you have a brilliant new smile, you help keep it that way by taking good care of it. For one thing, don’t smoke. It really stains teeth, and of course is really bad for your health. If you drink something like coffee or red wine, rinse your mouth out afterward, ideally within thirty minutes, to wash away those substances that discolor.
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