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By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Having the confidence to show off your smile can be quite difficult if you have discolored teeth. Fortunately, here at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, our dentists, Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang, can suggest a number of options to treat your dental stains.

Types of Dental Stains

Dentists normally classify dental stains as either intrinsic or extrinsic. What is the difference?

  • Intrinsic – the source of discoloration comes from within the tooth and affects the dentin or its inner layer under the enamel. Common causes include taking medicines, tooth trauma, genetics, internal bleeding, or age.
  • Extrinsic – occurs outside the enamel and is normally attributed to either advanced age or lifestyle choices of a person.

Intrinsic dental stains cannot be treated by whitening solutions because these do not go beyond the enamel. Usually, the option for dental stains of this type is to use veneers or bonding. This will result in the covering of the stain and restore the teeth to your desired color. Bonding is used for a couple of teeth while veneers are used form complete makeover.

Custom teeth whitening kits may be recommended for extrinsic stains, but, the effects may take longer and may not be as acceptable as having an in-office treatment with your Reston, VA, dentists.

The Bleaching Process

One of the more popular bleaching processes today is Zoom. It is designed to target the dentin and enamel to restore teeth discoloration. The process relies on the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp that accelerates whitening by activating 25% hydrogen peroxide. The process allows oxygen to enter into the dentin and enamel and bleach the stained portions without affecting the tooth structure.

During treatment, the whitening gel is applied and stays for 15 minutes while it is being treated with light activation. Three sessions of light activation are required to complete the entire treatment in under an hour. The teeth are treated immediately with fluoride paste gel to reduce its sensitivity.

Other Options for Getting Rid of Dental Stains

Aside from what has already been mentioned, other treatment options for dental stains include:

  • Exercise proper oral hygiene
  • Invest in periodic professional cleaning
  • Decay or filling restoration

Not Sure Which Teeth Whitening Option Can Remove Your Dental Stains?

Arrange a consultation with one of our dentists here at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, to determine the most suitable treatment for you. Call (703) 437-5555 to schedule your assessment with Dr. Monica Neshat or Dr. Joy Jang today.

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