Bleaching Success Depends On The Source Of Your Stains

While professional bleaching is often a very efficient way to deal with tooth discoloration, different types of stains have different kinds of results. There's a genetic aspect to the color of teeth, but external catalysts might to blame for your staining.

The surface stains caused by what you eat and drink (berries, soy sauce, coffee, red wine, etc.) can be eliminated by bleaching and sometimes simply professional cleanings.

The yellow or brown stains caused by nicotine, tar and other cigarette chemicals can be minimized with regular professional cleanings and bleaching, but may require a longer course of treatment.

White spots, also known as decalcification, can results from too much fluoride during childhood or orthodontics during adolescence. Bleaching can make these imperfections more obvious in the early stages of treatment, but the rest of the tooth should catch up in a few weeks.

When taken during childhood, certain antiobiotics (such as tetracycline) can deposit a layer of medication within the developing tooth and turn it blue, gray or dark brown. Additionally, if you take minocycline as an adult, your white teeth can turn dark. These stains are usually unresponsive to bleaching, but they can be concealed by veneers.

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