Contrary to popular belief, all teeth stains are not created equal. While over the counter teeth whitening products like toothpastes, gels and strips can help to slightly diminish the intensity of everyday stains and discolorations from factors like drinking too much coffee and red wine over a period of time, certain types of stains can only be removed by a dentist. Dr. David Carlson, your dentist in Wheaton, IL, recommends professional teeth whitening treatments for patients looking to significantly whiten their teeth by several shades, and for certain types of stains that cannot be removed with over the counter surface whitening products.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Wheaton
Although stained and discolored teeth may generally look the same to the naked eye, the color of the stain depends on what causes it, and also determines the best method for effectively removing the stain and lightening the shade of the tooth. Surface whitening treatments may not be effective for teeth that have been restored with cosmetic dental treatments like bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns.
Professional teeth whitening treatments are most effective for stains caused by wear and tear of the enamel, the surface layer that protects our teeth from external factors like the food and drinks that we consume on a daily basis. The most common causes of surface stains to the teeth include coffee, tea, wine, dark fruits and sauces like berries and soy sauce, and smoking. If your tooth discoloration is caused primarily by your diet, you are an excellent candidate for professional teeth whitening treatments, which use a higher concentration of professional grade whitening agents not available over the counter.
Consult with a dentist to discuss removal options for stains caused by damage to the dentin, the layer below the enamel.
Contact a Dentist in Wheaton
Our teeth are always at risk for staining and dullness due to our diet, lifestyle habits, trauma and certain medications. A professional teeth whitening procedure can drastically improve your smile in a simple visit to the dentist. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Carlson by calling (630) 653-9002 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carlson today.