What You Need to Know About Teeth Cleaning, Stains, and Whitening

What You Need to Know About Teeth Cleaning, Stains, and Whitening

The most important steps for keeping your teeth healthy are twice-daily brushing and flossing, and coming in regularly for professional teeth cleaning. Beyond that, however, you may want to consider teeth whitening so that you have a dazzling smile and the confidence that comes with it.

Understanding Staining

So, what causes the discoloration of teeth in the first place? One factor is the condition of the outer layer of a tooth, which is called the enamel. For most people, that layer is thick and sparkling white when they are young. As we age, our enamel begins to thin and allows more of the yellow color of the next layer, called the dentine, to show through.

A second issue is stains. There are two categories of staining: extrinsic (or external) and intrinsic (or internal). Extrinsic staining is caused by things like drinking coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as by poor oral hygiene. Intrinsic stains can be caused by medication—either taken by a mother when pregnant or by a young child—excessive exposure to fluoride, or trauma such as a fall.

Ways to Whiten

The most important way to keep teeth healthy and white is by maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly for teeth cleaning and a check-up. In addition, you can use custom bleaching trays and an approved, safe whitening agent to remove stains and expose a brilliant white smile.

You wear the trays for a few hours each day to reach the level of whiteness you are looking for. Then, a periodic “booster” session with your trays is all you need to maintain that level. It’s a great way to reverse damage done by eating and drinking, as well as the effects on your teeth of aging.

Helping You Keep Your Teeth Clean and Bright

In order to maintain good oral health, it’s important that you come in regularly for teeth cleaning. However, there are many other services you might want to take advantage of at our practice, including teeth whitening. It’s a great way to keep your smile bright! To make an appointment with Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Van Gorden, please call 970-279-5647 or contact us online.

We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.