Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
When you want to whiten your teeth, you should always consult with a dentist first. A dentist can help determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening for deep intrinsic stains.
Teeth whitening for deep stains is a process that involves using chemicals that penetrate into the tooth enamel to bleach the underlying dentin. This process is different from traditional laser teeth whitening, which only affects the outer layer of the tooth — not the inner layers.
However, don't lose hope! Your dentist will have a range of professional options that can help you achieve a brighter, more confident smile. Here are four ways your dentist can help with teeth whitening for deep intrinsic stains:
1. Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you have very dark stains on your teeth that just won't go away with home treatments or over-the-counter products, then professional in-office teeth whitening might be worth considering. The procedure uses a strong peroxide gel that's activated by a special light source while being applied to the surface of your teeth. It may take several sessions to get the level of teeth whitening that you require.
2. Dental Bonding
If you have deep stains on your teeth, it can be difficult to get them off with a teeth whitening system. Teeth bonding is an option that may work for you if you have these types of stains. Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses composite resin to fill in grooves and pits on your teeth so they look smooth, white and natural. It's similar to porcelain veneers but is less expensive, as it's not done at a dental lab.
Microabrasion is a procedure that involves removing a very thin layer of enamel to minimise the appearance of stains. Your dentist will use a mixture of mild acid and abrasive materials to gently polish away the stained enamel. This method can be effective in reducing superficial intrinsic stains, but it may not be suitable for all deep stains.
4. Internal Bleaching
This process involves placing a bleaching agent inside your tooth and letting it sit there for several days before rinsing it out. Dentists use a special syringe to inject the whitening gel into each tooth, which is why you'll have to visit your dentist for this treatment. Your doctor will then use a laser or light to activate the gel and help it penetrate deeper into your tooth's enamel so it can work its magic on those hard-to-treat stains.
Your dentist will consider factors such as the cause of the stains, the condition of your teeth and your desired results before recommending the right teeth whitening solution for you.