No matter how perfectly straight, sized, and shaped your teeth are, your smile can still be imperfect due to discoloration. Even minor surface stains can greatly impact the overall quality of your smile. At Summit Dental Care, we can help to eliminate stains from your teeth with whitening.
Extrinsic Vs. Intrinsic Stains
When most people think about stains on their teeth, they typically think of extrinsic ones. These are the stains that occur on the outside of your teeth. Common causes of extrinsic stains include dark beverages such as coffee or red wine, foods like dark berries, curry, and pasta sauce, and tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
Intrinsic tooth stains occur inside of the teeth. They are caused by tetracycline antibiotics, dental trauma that damages the pulp, genetics, or fluorosis. Sometimes, small cracks or fractures can allow the same causes of stains on the exterior of your teeth to stain the interior.
Natural Teeth Whitening
For those who want to whiten their teeth naturally, there are a few methods that you can try. Some methods include swishing with coconut oil, brushing with baking soda, and swishing with diluted apple cider vinegar. Some recommend a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Crunchy fruits and vegetables can help to scrub your teeth, which can help to remove surface stains. Two fruits that are claimed to whiten teeth include strawberries and pineapple.
Over the Counter Whitening
There are all kinds of over the counter whiteners. There is whitening toothpaste, which contains abrasives that scrub your teeth. They also contain carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. There are whitening strips, which contain a coating of a hydrogen peroxide gel. You can find whitening rinses. There are also over the counter whitening tray systems.
Over the counter whitening can help with minor surface stains. For more significant stains, professional whitening may be your best option. There are two ways your teeth can be professionally whitened. One way is with a whitening treatment in the office. It takes only one appointment, and results are immediate. In-office whitening can improve the color of your teeth several shades. The other method for whitening your teeth professionally is with custom whitening trays. Trays are made from impressions of your mouth. You apply the gel and wear the trays for several hours each day. The trays take a little longer to see results, typically about a week, but those results are much more drastic than what you can achieve with over the counter products.
Other Ways to Whiten Teeth
While whitening can improve teeth affected by many types of stains, it cannot work for all stains. That does not mean that you have to live with discolored teeth forever. There are other ways to improve the color of your teeth. These methods include dental bonding and veneers. A consultation will allow us to determine if whitening is the best solution or if another method for improving the whiteness of your teeth is necessary.
Eliminating stains from your teeth can help to improve your smile, as well as your overall confidence. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 today.