Dental Tips Blog

Aug
15

What Causes Tooth Stain?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Have you ever thought to ask your dentist what actually causes stain on your teeth? Sure, things like coffee, tea, or smoking can cause more stain than others…but what can you do to combat it and remove the deep-set stains that build up over the course of years at a time?

Stains are caused by very small particles that are absorbed onto the porous surface of the enamel. Small “tubules” across the surface of teeth allow microscopic stain molecules to gradually build up more and more stain until the entire tooth becomes discolored. Larger particles that are more superficial can sometimes be brushed off, with smaller portions left behind. Some people seem to be more susceptible to stain buildup than others. Drinking water after your coffee, or brushing your teeth after a glass of red wine can limit some of the stain particles that are built up.

Extrinsic, superficial stains like those caused by coffee are usually polished away during your dental cleaning twice each year. Unfortunately, intrinsic stains (that is, those that are absorbed into the microscopic tubules) are more difficult to remove. These are the stains that usually make the overall tooth look yellow or older than it really is. A professional grade whitening solution can oxidize these particles, causing them to loosen up and flow away from the tooth surface. Most professional whitening trays are worn for 30-60 minutes each day, with full results achieved in 7-14 days. Or, some people prefer to have in-office teeth whitening treatment. These treatments take about one hour and use a bright light to speed up the entire whitening process.

Ask your dentist or hygienist to tell you what color your teeth are with a dental shade guide. You might be surprised at how much whiter you could really be!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

May
6

One Hour Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you’ve researched teeth whitening treatments, you know that most take home kits can take a week or longer to give you the full teeth whitening results of the product. Some people don’t mind this, but for those of us with busy lifestyles, it’s easy to forget or keep up with a daily treatment. Instead, these people look to in-office one hour teeth whitening.

In-office teeth whitening uses some of the same whitening ingredients in take-home professional kits, but is amplified thanks to the equipment available inside of the dental office. These solutions naturally disrupt and lift years of stain from the porous enamel, leaving teeth multiple shades whiter after just one treatment. It’s simple: just sit back and relax, and let your dentist do the rest. After the whitening solution is applied, a light catalyst amplifies the results while you wait for 15 or 20 minutes. For best results, some patients get 2 or 3 applications in the same visit, depending on the severity of their stain.

It just takes one hour. One hour to a whiter, brighter, new smile. What other ways can you think of that change your entire appearance in just one hour? Maybe a haircut or new outfit, but it’s your smile that most people notice first. If you want to make a great first impression, then a great smile is a must.

Quit dreaming of a whiter smile and do something about it! Teeth whitening is so easy to have done, and gives you the instant change that you want without the need for additional cosmetic treatments. Contact your cosmetic dentist today to schedule an in-office teeth whitening visit.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

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