If you love coffee as much as we do at Brechon Dental in Belvidere, IL, you know the long-term effects that daily coffee drinking can have on our teeth. As the summer continues to roll on, our sun-drenched faces begin to darken, but our teeth stay the same. What options do we have? There’s no way we’ll give up our daily cup of coffee, so thanks to advancements in dental technology, getting your teeth whitened is as easy as ever.
There is an abundance of products that are intended to reverse the effects of our daily habits that tend to darken our smiles. Between toothpaste, whitening strips, take-home trays, and special rinses, the myriad of options before us can really begin to overwhelm our decision-making. But before you can really choose the right option for you, it is important to understand the two different types of tooth stains known as extrinsic and intrinsic.
Extrinsic stains are found on the surface. The stain can generally be removed by a dental hygienist during a regular cleaning appointment and can be remedied by using whitening toothpaste. Using these whitening toothpaste on a daily basis, most effectively after drinking and eating, can work to remove stains from day to day.
However, if you have stains that aren’t brought on from day-to-day habits, as in stains that have set into the inside of your tooth, this stain typically responds well to bleaching. Bleaching is a simple and generally harmless process that involves a peroxide. Gels containing peroxide prescribed by your dentist can be applied directly to the tooth and remove both stains that we now know of.
Not everyone can whiten their teeth. Those with sensitive teeth may find it hard to find a tooth whitening option that doesn’t produce pain. While the pain is temporary, and typically only happens during the whitening process itself, it can be quite painful and keep those with a low pain tolerance from whitening their teeth, to begin with. There are also candidates that are not right for bleachings, such as those with crowns, veneers, and feelings. These do not respond to bleach, therefore can lead to unsatisfactory results.
If you’re unsure whether or not you are a candidate for teeth whitening, it is important to speak to your dental professional. At Brechon Dental, we are here to help you understand what is best for you and your overall health. To speak to any of us about teeth whitening or general oral care questions, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment and meet you and your family!