The Truth Behind Teeth Stains

One of the major reasons that people consider going to a Burlington dentist ultimately comes down to the removal of teeth stains. Stains on your teeth can occur for an unfortunately large number of reasons including prolonged exposure to certain types of foods, the long-term impact of liquids like soda, or even just as a regular part of the aging and wear process.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about them – you just need to keep a few key things in mind.

First, it’s important to get a better understanding of the different types of teeth stains that you might deal with at some point in your life. The most common varieties include:

  • Extrinsic stains, which usually appear on the outer surface of your teeth and appear due to exposure to things like coffee, wine, dark beverages, or even tobacco.
  • Intrinsic stains, which describe a situation where the stain forms on the inside of the teeth. These can occur due to overexposure to fluoride or certain types of minerals, and they may even be a result of the aging process. Trauma can also cause intrinsic stains in certain situations.
  • Most commonly intrinsic stains result from having a Root Canal procedure in the past. Overtime after the root canal is completed teeth especially in the front of the mouth can become darker over time.

While teeth whitening can be incredibly effective, they’re most successful when dealing with extrinsic stains. This is true even when the types of stains you’re seeing are resistant to everyday brushing and cleaning. Teeth whitening products still work on those intrinsic stains, but they may require more time and effort for the best possible results. Whereas stains that fall into the first category might be cleared up in a few weeks with the right products, stains in the second will likely take several months or more depending on their severity.

We believe take-home whitening products are an excellent solution to addressing extrinsic staining. The custom-fitted trays are loaded with professional-grade whitening products and worn for anywhere as little as 15-30 mins. The whitening kits have enough material for touch-ups in the future as well!

It’s equally important to understand that if you’re considering a technique like Invisalign to take care of any issues you’re experiencing like gaps in your teeth, an overbite, crowded teeth  and others, you’ll want to take care of things like teeth whitening first. It’s recommended that you work with your Burlington dentist on not only teeth whitening but also on work like bridges, implants and anything else of that nature. Once all of your other dental work is continued, then you can move onto thinking about Invisalign to help cement that perfect smile you’ve always seen for yourself.If you’d like to find out more information about the real truth behind teeth stains, or if you’d just like to discuss your own situation with a dental professional in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact Dentistry at the Grove today to get your appointment scheduled.