Your favorite foods can dull your smile over time making it appear unhealthy. Fortunately, our dental team can provide whitening solutions to help combat different types of teeth stains and restore a healthy appearance In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist will explore the two main categories of teeth stains – intrinsic and extrinsic – and discuss how our teeth whitening treatments like Zoom and Opalescence can help restore your smile’s natural brilliance.
Understanding Intrinsic and Extrinsic Stains
Extrinsic stains are surface-level stains that occur on the outer layer of the tooth enamel. They are often caused by external factors such as food, beverages, tobacco use, and poor oral hygiene. Common types of extrinsic stains include those caused by coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and tobacco. These stains typically respond well to professional teeth whitening treatments.
Intrinsic stains occur deep within the tooth structure, primarily in the dentin layer beneath the enamel. These stains originate from factors within the body, including certain medications, trauma, excessive fluoride use during tooth development, or natural aging. Intrinsic stains can be more challenging to treat, but professional teeth whitening methods can still help brighten the appearance of the teeth.
Teeth Whitening with Zoom
Zoom is an advanced in-office teeth whitening system that offers remarkable results in just a single visit. This process involves the application of a hydrogen peroxide-based gel to the teeth, which is then activated and accelerated by a specially designed light. The Zoom whitening treatment effectively breaks down the stains, lightening the tooth color and revitalizing your smile. It is a safe and FDA-approved procedure, supervised by our dental professionals, and can achieve noticeable results of several shades whiter teeth.
Whiten Stubborn Stains with Opalescence
Opalescence is a trusted brand of at-home teeth whitening products that provide professional-grade results. With Opalescence, patients can conveniently whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes while under the guidance of our trusted team. We will custom-make trays that you can wear for just 30 minutes a day. By consistently using Opalescence as directed, patients can effectively remove both intrinsic and extrinsic stains, gradually revealing a brighter and more youthful smile.
Schedule A Whitening Consultation Today
Teeth stains can significantly impact the appearance of our smile, but fortunately, our office provides effective teeth-whitening solutions to restore brightness. Consult with our team of experts to determine the best teeth-whitening approach for your specific needs. Schedule an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.