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White, bright teeth play an essential part in creating a stunning smile. If your teeth appear discoloured or dull, your smile may not be as beautiful as it should be! A few factors that affect the shade of your teeth have to do with food and general health. 

Teeth discolouration is mostly a cosmetic concern instead of a medical issue. Brownish-yellow stains are generally a sign of bad hygiene or staining due to food. However, certain stains may be a sign of bad behaviour, which can cause serious problems with your teeth.

This blog discusses the types of teeth whitening treatments

Extrinsic stains

Extrinsic stains are the most common type of stain. The extrinsic stains are shown on the external surface of your teeth. The majority of stains caused by extrinsic sources are caused by something you eat. It stains the enamel or the outer part of your teeth.

A few common causes of Extrinsic stains are:

  • Coffee 
  • Tea
  • Dark soda
  • Red wine
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Products made from tobacco

Extrinsic Teeth Whitening Treatment

Extrinsic Teeth discolouration can be corrected effectively with a teeth whitening treatment. A whitening gel or paste is applied to your teeth. The bleach is then placed in your mouth for a short period of time. The dentist applies ultraviolet light to activate the bleaching substances. As a result, the hydrogen peroxide is absorbed into the tooth’s layers, removing the stains on your teeth. This treatment can be provided in the dental clinic and takes up to an hour. 

Tray bleaching is a traditional method of teeth whitening. In this procedure, you will wear a custom-fitting tray filled with bleaching liquid for six hours a day the bleaching elements will activate and whiten your teeth. Home teeth whitening kits are also available and can be used if recommended by your dentist.

Intrinsic stains

Intrinsic stains result from deeper penetration into the teeth and typically signify a problem with a routine. The teeth are affected by these discolourations on the inner part and may even lead to severe issues. These stains can only be corrected with cosmetic procedures.

A few common causes of Intrinsic stains are:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Ageing
  • Drugs
  • Oral injury 
  • overexposure to fluoride

Intrinsic Teeth Whitening Treatment

Intrinsic staining can be more difficult and lengthy as traditional teeth whitening procedures are not effective in removing these stains.

The dental bonding procedure uses a tooth-coloured compound to cover dental stains and discolouration. This procedure is most appropriate for smaller dental stains.

Porcelain veneers comprise ceramic shells that correct any chips stains on teeth. Porcelain veneers can address the most serious intrinsic staining.

Dental crowns help rebuild the tooth’s structure, enhances its appearance, and protects it from infection or further damage. This procedure can be used when a part of the tooth has decayed.

Final Thoughts!

Your teeth may be stained by drinks, food smoking, medications, and other elements. It’s best to talk with your dentist regarding your oral condition. They can help you make the right decision and explain the differences in more detail.

Our team at Post House Dental is more than willing to answer all your questions and help you choose the most suitable treatment. For more  details about Intrinsic Vs Extrinsic Teeth Whitening Treatments, contact us here!