Many of us wish for a better smile. For most of us, that means having whiter teeth. Millions of Americans use teeth whitening products every year – some use at home kits, while others visit their local cosmetic dentists. However, some people are unable to get the results that they want, no matter what method they use. Nothing is more frustrating than spending money on a product that does not perform the way it should. If you have ever attempted DIY teeth whitening with no discernable results, you may be wondering what went wrong. Fortunately, our expert dentists at Parkcrest Dental Group may have the answers for you. Today, we want to discuss why some tooth stains are more resistant to whitening and what you can do to get the brighter smile you’ve always wanted.
Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Staining
When teeth staining occurs it can occur either intrinsically or extrinsically.
Extrinsic stains start on the outside and move in. This the more common type tooth stain, generally from substances like coffee, wine, and smoke leave particles in the enamel of the teeth and result in staining.
Intrinsic stains are reversed and occur inside the tooth. This occurs when the tooth becomes damaged either from overuse of fluoride, injury, or medication. This is damage to the inside of the tooth but can appear like stains on the outside of the tooth.
Extrinsic stains are generally much easier to remove than intrinsic damage, but that does not mean there are no options for those with intrinsic staining. While DIY or over the counter teeth whitening products are generally unsuccessful at hiding intrinsic damage, some professional deep cleaning methods can attempt to mask the damage done to the tooth. Methods like deep bleach teeth whitening have shown some success hiding intrinsic stains.
Cosmetic dentistry specialists at Parkcrest Dental Group also have more intense methods to mask these intrinsic stains. Treatments like resin bonding, veneers, or dental crowns can be a better method for restoring a natural, healthy look to your teeth.
Have Difficult Stains that Teeth Whitening Products Won’t Fix?
Parkcrest Dental Group has the solution to your teeth whitening woes. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts to find a dental treatment that will give you the brighter smile you have always wanted. Call us today at 417.262.5515 to schedule an appointment. We have professional representatives ready and waiting to get you started on your road to whiter teeth!