Teeth whitening can help in brightening the discolored teeth through a simple and safe oxygenating procedure. Teeth might get discolored due to specific reasons such as drinks like alcohol, coffee, tea or yellowing from age, or tobacco, accidents, certain medications, excessive fluoride, stains induced chemically, decay, and trauma.
What are the types of tooth stains?
The dentist first determines what type of stain you have on your teeth before proceeding with any whitening treatment. The stains can be:
Intrinsic stains:The intrinsic stains are stains inside the tooth. The common symptom of such tooth discoloration might be aging. While some people can have stains because of the medications. Sometimes these stains are suggested cosmetic dentistry treatments like porcelain veneers or Cerinate Lumineers.
Extrinsic stains: The extrinsic stains are stains that are left on the surface of the teeth. These stains are usually caused by your favorite coffee or tea, dark berries, red wine, or dark sauces. The acidity in some foods and drinks are the ones that cause discoloration of teeth eroding tooth enamel. Whitening treatments can quickly fix this issue.
Deep Stains: The deep stains usually occur beneath the tooth’s enamel. These stains will respond well to the in-office treatment.
How do the professional teeth whitening treatment work?
In-Office Teeth Whitening: The in-office teeth whitening treatment is quick and convenient. It can easily turn your discolored teeth to dazzlingly bright white.
Zoom Teeth Whitening: Zoom whitening is also an in-office whitening treatment. This treatment can make teeth up to eight times whiter in an hour. The process also involves the use of patented blue-spectrum light or a laser to focus on your teeth.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening:The at-home kit can also help in teeth whitening. The kit usually contains either of these:
- Whitening toothpaste: The carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide-containing toothpaste can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.
- Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels: These can be used directly to the surface of the teeth.
- Whitening Rinses: Whitening rinses can also help in removing dental plaque and gum disease.
- Tray-based whiteners: Tray-based teeth whitening systems, involve filling a custom-made guard-like tray with a peroxide-bleaching agent. It should be used a couple of hours a day for about four weeks.
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