Teeth whitening is one of the most requested services in cosmetic dentistry. Dull, yellow teeth can give an aged appearance to an otherwise gorgeous smile. Dr. James DeFinnis explains the two types of tooth stains, and how Back Mountain Dental can help you achieve the bright, white smile you deserve.
Extrinsic Tooth Stains
Extrinsic stains are on the surface of your tooth enamel. As a result, they are fairly easy to remove. Caused by tobacco use, or food and beverages that are dark in color, such as coffee, red wine, and blueberries, extrinsic stains can cause long term discoloration of teeth when oral hygiene practices are inefficient. Over time, teeth are destined to dull, in the same way that hair grays or skin wrinkles, but brushing twice a day to combat extrinsic stains is a good practice to prolong the time before you need to consider whitening teeth.
Intrinsic Tooth Stains
Intrinsic stains begin on the inside of the teeth. Generally, they are caused by tooth injuries, or certain antibiotics and medications. Tetracycline and doxycycline have proven to discolor children’s teeth when prescribed before the age of eight. There are also certain antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and high blood pressure medications that can cause intrinsic stains. Stains that start inside the tooth don’t general respond to regular teeth bleaching, so other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers, may be recommended by your dentist.
Wilkes Barre Dentist Offers Deep Bleaching
Dr. DeFinnis offers Deep Bleaching to get the whitest results for your teeth. Superior to laser whitening and plasma arc lights (Zoom, BriteSmile), Deep Bleaching helps patients attain satisfying results. Your first visit to the office will entail a bleaching treatment that will condition your teeth for upcoming at-home treatments. We will send you home with bleaching trays and bleaching solution that you can administer on your own over the next two weeks. After that, you can visit our office for one final Deep Bleaching, and marvel at your new white smile.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. DeFinnis, call our Wilkes Barre dentist office at 570-763-436. We are happy to provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry to patients in Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Dallas, and the surrounding communities.