Dull, yellow shades and stains on tooth enamel can be caused by any number of things. It most commonly occurs from frequent tobacco use or the regular consumption of dark foods and beverages. This introduces tiny stain particles to your mouth, which can adhere to the surfaces of the teeth. If they are not removed in a timely manner, these stains can penetrate deeper and deeper into the tooth enamel. The depth and severity of the stains on your teeth will largely determine the whitening method your dentists, Drs. Bailey and Huff, suggest.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a whitening toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association can help remove surface stains before they have a chance to set in. Just keep in mind that the concentration of hydrogen peroxide whitening agents will not be strong enough to remove deep stains from your teeth.
Using whitening strips can also help remove surface stains. It is a convenient way to whiten your smile while you go about your day. Just like whitening toothpaste, the whitening strips are only strong enough to remove minor surface stains and they cannot brighten a deeply stained smile.
Whitening gels use stronger concentrations of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste or strips. These gels are usually potent enough to brighten moderately stained teeth. Unfortunately, they can sometimes cause gum irritation and will still not be strong enough to remove deeply set-in stains.
The dental bleaching treatment Drs. Bailey and Huff offer is the safest way to effectively remove stains from tooth enamel. Once your teeth have been fully whitened, they can help you understand your options for maintaining your bright new smile.
If you are struggling with a stained smile and you’re interested in a whitening treatment in Coos Bay, Oregon, you should call 541-269-5353 to schedule a whitening consultation at South Coast Family Dentistry.