Types of Tooth Stains
Tooth stains fall into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are the yellow and brown stains that occur on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains occur inside your teeth, making them appear gray or blue.
Some surface stains can be removed with whitening toothpaste and over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits. However, these approaches are limited and can be painful or cause tooth and gum sensitivities. Professional-grade products are needed to remove deeper extrinsic and intrinsic stains and this can only be achieved at a dental office. It's important to know that not all "intrinsic" stains can be removed by tooth whitening. Depending on the desired results, a more significant cosmetic treatment such as dental veneers may need to be considered in such cases.
Professional Teeth-Whitening Options
There are several approaches to teeth bleaching that Dr. Melika Kashkouli can use to help you whiten your smile by several shades in a short amount of time. These options include but are not limited to:
- At-home teeth Whitening: Dr. Melika Kashkouli will provide you with a teeth-bleaching gel and a tray that has been customized to fit your teeth. She will then assign a teeth-bleaching regimen for you to follow. Results typically take a little longer than the in-office option; however, the process takes place within the comfort and convenience of your own home. It typically takes 10 to 14 days to achieve the desired results with this method.
- In-Office Teeth Whitening: In this case, Dr. Kashkouli uses a stronger whitening agent, which delivers faster and more effective results. If you’re preparing for your wedding, your senior photos, or really any event that requires prolonged attention on your smile and your time is limited, this procedure is very effective. In-Office, whitening is achieved in roughly an hour while using a higher concentration bleaching gels. There are a number of popular in-office whiteners including Venus, Zoom and Opalescence. Their mode of application and cost varies from product to product, but the in-office whitening process itself is relatively similar for all of the products.
It’s important to note that your overall oral health should already be consistently excellent before seeking teeth whitening. If you are interested in knowing about your options, Dr. Kashkouli can help you find the safest and most effective tooth whitening treatment for you.