ankeny teeth stains

How Do We Remove Teeth Stains?

When you have discoloration on your teeth, this could be a source of embarrassment. For treatment that brightens teeth by multiple shades, we could offer professional teeth whitening. In today’s blog, your Ankeny, IA, dentist talks about our approach to teeth whitening and how we transform the beauty of your smile.

The Causes of Our Dental Discoloration

Why do our teeth become stained in the first place? For many, this could be due to improper brushing and flossing, combined with a diet high in sugar and starch, as these factors lead to plaque that makes the discoloration more visible. Drinks with dark pigments, such as soda, tea, coffee, and red wine, could also discolor your smile as well. Using tobacco products is a factor too. Often, taking steps to improve your overall oral hygiene, and adding more water and healthier snacks and meals, could allow your smile to stay brighter for longer! Avoiding tobacco products not only fights stains, but also lowers your cancer risk!

Choosing From Two Whitening Options

Our team could offer an in-office procedure that brightens teeth in only one visit. This teeth whitening option involves adding a powerful bleaching gel with the surfaces of the teeth and then using a light to activate the bleaching gel, which brightens teeth in as little as an hour. This option is often recommended if people need results before a big event. We also have an at-home teeth whitening options for more severe staining, in which you fill a set of plastic trays with a bleaching gel and then wear the trays for about an hour a day over a period of one to two weeks, so you have a much brighter smile. You then use the trays and leftover gel for touch-ups in the months to come!

Masking Permanent Stains

What if you have permanent stains that may not respond to teeth whitening? For these, we could mask discoloration with dental bonding in one visit, using the same composite resin we do as part of our tooth-colored fillings. Porcelain veneers, thin restorations, could be placed onto the teeth to instantly reshape teeth and mask unsightly discoloration. Regardless of how minor or severe your staining is, we can offer a brighter smile that makes you feel confident! If you have any questions about our approach to teeth whitening, then contact our team today to learn more.

Speak With Your Ankeny, IA, Dentist About Cosmetic Dentistry

You don’t have to live with unsightly yellow or brown teeth discoloration, we can help with cosmetic dentistry! If you would like to find out more about addressing your discolored smile with professional cosmetic treatments, then please contact your Ankeny, IA, dentist’s office at (515) 207-6182 to schedule a visit.