Even if you have perfectly straight teeth, staining or discoloration can detract from the beauty of your smile. At Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, we offer professional teeth whitening treatments to enhance the brilliance of your smile. We can lighten your smile up to several shades in a single office visit, or we can provide you with a custom take-home whitening kit that you can use over a two-week period in the comfort of your home. Professional whitening treatments are safer and more effective than store-brought toothpastes, gels, and strips, as they are tailored to your unique dental needs.
What Causes Dental Discoloration?
Even those who follow a regimented oral hygiene routine can develop staining. There are two types of dental staining: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains affect the enamel, or outer layer of the teeth. This form of discoloration is caused by food and beverages like coffee, tea, dark berries, and soda, as well as habits such as smoking.
In some cases, teeth can become discolored from the inside out. This is known as intrinsic dental staining. Intrinsic stains impact the inner portion of the tooth, or dentin. This type of staining can result from trauma, overexposure to fluoride, or tetracycline medications. Unfortunately, intrinsic discoloration cannot be effectively corrected with teeth whitening. However, we can provide custom porcelain veneers or perform dental bonding to improve smiles compromised by intrinsic stains. During your consultation, your doctor can help you determine which treatment is better suited for your needs.