Are there some stains tooth whitening won’t remove?
Everybody wants a brighter smile, and if you don’t have naturally sparkling teeth, you can always check in with your friendly local dentist in Parramatta. To answer your question, let’s begin with the basics. Your tooth has three parts: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. Your enamel is on the outside, the dentin is below it, and the pulp is where all your blood vessels and nerves are found.
Your enamel can get stained by anything you put into your mouth. That includes food, drinks, candy, and the ink from the pen you like to chew on when you’re nervous. Stains on the enamel are referred to as extrinsic stains, while those on the dentin are intrinsic stains.
Extrinsic stains are relatively easy to acquire and are just as easy to get rid of. We’re talking about the kind of discoloration that comes from wine, tea, coffee, or sugar coated sweets. The latter is easy to solve. Just give your teeth a good brush and the lovely reds, blues, and purples from fizzy drinks will be gone. Other stains need a little more work.
If you’re a long-term smoker, or if you enjoy your tipple, we can brighten your teeth with our ultradent tooth-whitening treatment. It might not give you blinding result, but it will certainly make your smile more beautiful.
Stains on the dentin need a little more attention. They don’t usually appear unless your enamel has worn off, so to cover up the staining, we will need to give you some kind of artificial enamel. We can do this in two ways.
One, we can place a crown over your tooth. It’s a tooth-coloured casing, and we can get it quite close to your natural colour. Your dentin will still be stained underneath, but nobody will know unless your crown comes off.
Plan B is to use a bonding material which we apply on top of your stained tooth. We then polish the bond, filing it down into the shape of a functional tooth. You might be unsure about whether you should have your teeth bonded or crowned. Don’t worry about that; we’ll be glad to talk you through the process.
The third kind of staining is a combination of both. As time passes, your dentin gets darker and your enamel gets eroded. If you’d like to start with a DIY approach, you can ask our Parramatta dentist for a home bleaching kit. They can work wonders for a lot of people, and if you still want to improve your smile after that, you can try a crown or composite bonded fillings.
Unfortunately, once you’ve bonded your teeth, applied a crown, or put in a filling, it’s still possible to stain your teeth. Since these materials are artificial, their stains can’t be removed. If they get stained, you’d either have to get a new crown or bond your teeth again. We’d advise you to cut down red wine and caffeine, and of course smoking to avoid repeating the process.
If you’d like to know more about tooth whitening or anything else related to teeth, do call us on 02 80040055 so we can have a little chat and maybe book you an appointment.
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