There are two types of tooth staining, extrinsic (on the outer layer of the teeth) and intrinsic (on the inside of the teeth.) Extrinsic staining can be cleaned off at your regular dental appointments and sometimes with a toothbrush and slightly abrasive toothpaste. Intrinsic staining requires the help of whitening products to remove. Whitening products all contain a whitening agent, such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which can travel through the microscopic channels in the enamel of the teeth to brighten the internal shade.
There are several options for whitening treatment. Whitening can be completed in a dental office at a more potent concentration, such as 15-35% hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, using a high-intensity light to speed up the whitening gel’s action. There are also whitening trays, both professionally made and over the counter, which can be used at home that contains a slightly lower concentration of the whitening agent, such as 10-20%. Talk with your dentist about which option will work best for you.
If you are interested in whitening treatment, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss which treatment option will work best for your individual needs.