$99 zoom whitening for our new insurance patients if they get their teeth cleaned from us.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration
Extrinsic discoloration occurs when the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth is stained. This is mostly caused by:
- Black Coffee or Tea
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Mustard or Ketchup
- Cola or Soda
- Soy sauce or Red sauces
- Red Wine
- Berry Juice
Intrinsic discoloration happens when the the inner structure of the tooth darkens.Whitening toothpaste and professional dental cleanings alone will not improve intrinsic staining of the teeth. Intrinsic discoloration is caused by:
- Exposure to excessive fluorides during early childhood
- Use of tetracycline antibiotics during the second half of pregnancy causes baby’s teeth to discolor
- Use of tetracycline and doxycycline antibiotics for children 8 years old or younger
- Mouth rinses containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride
- A fall or other dental trauma for younger children, and trauma to permanent teeth
- Certain medical conditions, like dentinogenesis imperfecta
- Ageing - the outer layer of enamel on your teeth gets worn away revealing the natural yellow color of dentin
Our teeth can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down as well. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a shiny white color through the use of bleach.
Teeth whitening methods
There are two popular teeth whitening options available through your dentist. The first, in-office teeth whitening, produces a significant color change in your teeth in a short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist's office by applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.
The second method, involves the use of take home whitening kits. These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.
Please call us today at 817-421-4030 to find out which whitening option is best for you.