Why Teeth Get Discolored

Teeth get discolored because dark-colored chemicals get trapped in your teeth. Your tooth enamel might seem smooth, but it has tiny ridges that can trap long stain molecules.

Common sources of stain molecules include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Chocolate
  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • Dark beer
  • Cola
  • Berries

In addition, some light-colored foods can contribute to staining because of their high acidity. Acid etches your tooth enamel, which increases the number of ridges that trap stain molecules. This can include white wine, vinegar, and clear sodas, or sparkling waters. Fruit juices and sports drinks are also highly acidic and can lead to staining.

The polishing we do at your regular cleanings and check-ups can help prevent staining, but it’s often not enough.

How Teeth Whitening Works

Teeth whitening uses a form of peroxide that breaks down stain molecules trapped in your teeth. We use Zoom II teeth whitening, which can be completed in about 2 hours.

We will first clean your teeth and put protective barriers on to keep your gums safe. Then we apply the whitening gel to your teeth. We apply an LED light to your teeth. This helps the whitening gel stay active for longer and break down more stain molecules. After three fifteen-minute treatments, your teeth will be dramatically whiter.

We also supply you with a take-home whitening solution that can help you maintain your results.

While this is effective at removing surface stains, it won’t affect discoloration that comes from inside the tooth or tooth enamel. It won’t treat teeth discolored by infection, decay, thin enamel, enamel defects, or just naturally dark-colored enamel.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening

These days, there are many options for whitening your teeth at home. However, there are good reasons to get professional teeth whitening done in the office.

At-home whitening kits take longer to achieve results than those you get from in office professional whitening. The strips and trays can fit poorly, making the whitening process less effective. Professional whitening is a safer and more efficient process. Prior to whitening, our doctors will perform an exam to ensure you are a candidate for whitening.

Looking for a Brighter Smile?

If you’re unhappy with the shade and appearance of your teeth, Skowronski Family Dentistry would be happy to help you achieve your smile goals! Please call (586) 977-8413 today for an appointment at Skowronski Family Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI.