Who would not want a brighter smile? Teeth stains cannot always be prevented with excellent oral hygiene. There are many factors that cause teeth to look dingy or discolored, although most stains can be erased with professional teeth whitening. Many over the counter whitening products promise amazing results, however they can become harmful with over usage and can cause permanent damage to your teeth. Professional teeth whitening offers a safe and effective solution that delivers whiter teeth and a brighter smile.
What Causes Tooth Staining?
- Age: As we get older so do our teeth, so there is a direct correlation between tooth color and age. Over time, teeth absorb a variety of stains, which if not treated properly, can be very difficult to remove.
- Eating Habits: Over indulgence of red wine, coffee, tea, cola, carrots, oranges and other deeply colored food and drinks can cause considerable staining over the years. Too many acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and vinegar, contribute to erosion of the enamel, and can lead to oral complications.
- Smoking habits: Nicotine leaves brownish deposits which soak into the structure of the tooth which causes it to stain.
Types of Tooth Stains
There are two types of stains that can accumulate on teeth that cause discoloration:
- Extrinsic stains are on the surface of the teeth and are caused by exposure dark colored beverages, foods and tobacco. When the stains are minor they can be removed by brushing and dental cleanings. Stubborn extrinsic stains are more problematic, and can only be removed with teeth-whitening.
- Intrinsic stains form on the interior of the teeth as a result of trauma or aging. These stains are very resistant, but can be removed with the correct diagnosis and cosmetic dental treatment.
ABOUT YOUR TUCSON.AZ, COSMETIC DENTIST
Dirk A. Newman, DDS, offers a full range of modern dental care services, including general dentistry, smile enhancement, smile restoration, and implant dentistry. To learn more, contact us today to schedule a visit by calling our office at 520-296-5439. Located in Tucson, AZ, we proudly serve patients from Tucson and all surrounding communities.