Extrinsic versus Intrinsic Staining
Teeth whitening can help teeth that are extrinsically stained; this means that the outer layer of the enamel is stained, often due to food and drink stains or smoking. Teeth that have been stained intrinsically, which is the inside the tooth, from conditions such as fluorosis, trauma to a tooth, or tetracycline antibiotics, cannot be fixed with whitening. We can discuss dental bonding or veneers in this situation.
Some of the biggest teeth-staining foods and drinks we consume include acidic foods such as berries, tomato sauces, soy sauces, wine, and tannic acid that is found in sodas, coffee, and tea.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is completed in about one hour. Because you are under the care of Dr. Dose, we can prescribe a heavy dosage of peroxide, much higher than can be purchased in a store. We create a barrier to protect the soft gum tissue from the chemical. Otherwise, burns can occur. The peroxide will bleach the stains and whiten your teeth.
In general, patients have only their most visible teeth bleached. This often includes the 6-8 front teeth on each jaw. Additionally, we can arrange to have just a specific tooth, or a couple of teeth whitened to assist in a specific situation.
Do store-bought teeth whitening products work?
When choosing whitening products from a store, be sure to read the product label. Often, store-bought whitening products do offer some level of peroxide and can limitedly whiten your teeth. Store-bought products cannot provide the same levels of peroxide that can be prescribed. This means that in many cases, the product purchased will provide some level of whitening, but it will be more limited and done over a longer period of time.
Are you interested in getting a teeth whitening treatment? Give us a call at (503) 647-4565, or book an appointment with us online today!