The effectiveness of teeth bleaching depends partly on the types of stains.
Extrinsic tooth stains are the best to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and drinks like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.
Unfortunately, even if you prevent these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for some men and women.
Intrinsic tooth stains appear from the inside out. Tooth injury or tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove entirely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening available at your cosmetic dental office.
If your teeth are stained, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair at 250-860-8900. We have treated many patients with extreme tooth discoloration.
It is never too late or too early to whiten your smile.
Men and women can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smile they once enjoyed. Teens and young adults with surface stains can restrict them from becoming intrinsic stains with tooth bleaching.