Albertville and Gadsden, Alabama
Teeth whitening can be a basic, easy form of cosmetic dentistry that helps restore stained teeth to a brighter, whiter look. Teeth become stained or darker in color by various means including tobacco usage and by the foods or beverages we consume. Beverages like coffee, tea, and wine are the worst culprits for causing teeth to become stained. As we age, our teeth become more susceptible to staining because the tooth enamel begins to wear thin. Enamel is the outer layer of a tooth and it protects the innermost layer known as dentin. Once the dentin layer begins to become exposed, it absorbs and retains discolorations causing extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are stains on the outer most layer of the teeth. Over time extrinsic stains will begin to build up and only professional teeth whitening treatments can restore your teeth back to their natural color.
When teeth become stained from the inside, this is known as intrinsic stains. Sometimes trauma, medications, or fluorosis may cause intrinsic staining. Intrinsic stains are the most difficult to manage because no amount of brushing, flossing, and routine dental care will reverse the discoloration. Most whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening products on the market today will not correct tooth discoloration from intrinsic stains. Instead, our office provides professional grade whitening agents to help provide the best results possible. Our professional whitening is done in our office and safely monitored for the most effective results. In some cases, where teeth are badly discolored, we may recommend restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding, tooth-colored fillings, or porcelain veneers.
If you would like information on how to achieve a whiter smile, call us today at Wall Street Dentistry of Albertville and one of our caring office staff will be glad arrange a consultation for you. For your convenience, we service patients of the Boaz and Guntersville, Alabama areas. We look forward to seeing you soon!