There are multiple common causes of discolored teeth. Foods and drinks like tea, coffee, wine, berries, and tomatoes contain chromogens. Chromogens are pigments that attach to the tooth enamel and can yellow the teeth. Dental injuries and tooth wear can also expose the layer beneath the tooth enamel. This layer, called dentin, makes the teeth appear discolored.
Nicotine, which is contained in tobacco products, also easily yellows and stains the tooth enamel. Even poor oral hygiene can discolor the teeth. Bacteria that feed on food debris left on and around the teeth create a film called plaque. Plaque can harden to create tartar, which contributes to staining.
At Perfect Smiles, we offer teeth whitening treatment to patients in Doylestown, PA, and the surrounding areas. We will examine each patient’s smile to determine which whitening treatment will meet their oral health goals. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry service that improves the appearance and health of the smile with brilliant results.
In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening
To begin whitening treatment in our office, we place a barrier on the gums. This isolates the teeth and prevents gum sensitivity. Then, we apply a bleaching gel to the tooth enamel. Once the active ingredients of the gel have penetrated the enamel, we remove the gel. We repeat this process until patients receive their desired results. In-office teeth whitening treatment is a great option for patients who are attending special events, including weddings, birthdays, and graduations.
To make sure that your results last, please refrain from eating or drinking foods or drinks that contain chromogen. Staying away from nicotine products also ensures that your teeth remain bright. Continue to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. We can provide touch-up treatment months after your first in-office treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Learn more about whitening treatment as well as the causes of tooth staining below:
Is teeth whitening treatment painful?
With some over-the-counter treatments, intense bleaching agents can cause gum and tooth pain. At Perfect Smiles, we customize our teeth whitening treatment with tooth sensitivity in mind. We also use gum barriers to ensure that patients feel comfortable during their treatment.
What are intrinsic and extrinsic stains?
Intrinsic stains are stains found within the teeth. Dentin, which is the dark underlayer beneath the outer tooth enamel, can show through when the enamel is worn or broken. Patients who have sustained damage to one or more teeth may find that their teeth have become discolored. Extrinsic stains are caused by outside factors, including foods, drinks, nicotine, and poor oral hygiene. They can be removed with a professional whitening treatment. Intrinsic stains can be covered by dental veneers or tooth bonding treatment.
Whiten Your Smile Today
Do you want a whiter, brighter smile? Call our office for treatment today at 215-529-8048. You may also request a dental appointment with our dental team on our website. Feel free to ask us any questions about the whitening process or your treatment options. We are always happy to assist our patients.