when teeth whitening isnt enough

when teeth whitening isnt enoughMaryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN

Have you ever gone to laugh or smile and found yourself hiding your teeth because of discoloration? Stained teeth can make you embarrassed. We all feel self-conscious from time to time, but you shouldn’t have to feel this way when you smile. A smile is how we show our happiness, excitement, and approval. Cedar Street Family Dentistry wants to make you comfortable smiling again and can do so with one of our professional whitening treatments in Knoxville. These procedures are popular for a reason, but you need to understand that not all tooth stains can be treated the same way.

Maybe you may have tried using store-bought whitening kits to no avail. That’s because you have to understand the different kinds of stains—intrinsic and extrinsic. Teeth whitening is usually more effective on extrinsic tooth discoloration, but to know which kind of stain you have on your teeth, you will need to be seen by a qualified dentist in Maryville like Dr. Ben Sentell.

Intrinsic discoloration comes from the inside of your tooth or even the enamel itself, usually due to chemical or physical changes. Time and age can deteriorate your enamel. As your enamel thins, it becomes easier to see the inside of your tooth. This layer, known as dentin, may appear to be a variety of shades and colors—such as yellow, brown, or grey. Age isn’t the only thing that wears down tooth enamel. Trauma also can lead to tooth discoloration. If the pulp—the soft interior of your tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels—dies, then the entire tooth could darken or become gray. A tooth that suffers trauma also may be discolored. Other tooth stains may occur as a reaction to certain chemicals or medications—such as tetracycline or overusing fluoride. These types of intrinsic stains are less likely to respond to whitening. However, we can help you improve your smile at Cedar Street Family Dentistry.

Extrinsic stains come from sources outside of your teeth. This is the most common type of stain that forms on teeth and usually does so because of exposure to one of several different compounds. Cigarettes, chocolates, berries, wine, coffee, black tea, sodas, and dark beers are all culprits we know that cause these stains to form. There may be some you don’t know, such as apples, potatoes, soy sauce, and vinegar. Luckily, extrinsic tooth discoloration is easily treated with teeth whitening treatments at your dentist’s office.

Get whiter teeth in Maryville

Treatment options for any kind of tooth whitening are more complex than you may have initially realized. At Cedar Street Family Dentistry, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Sentell can identify what type of discoloration is on your teeth, and then recommend the best treatment to address those stains. These options could be anything from an in-office whitening or at-home whitening treatment, to placing restorations like porcelain veneers over your problem teeth. Whether your stains are intrinsic or extrinsic, if you want to become happy with your smile, contact Cedar Street Family Dentistry. If you’re located in the areas of Alcoa, Knoxville, and Maryville, TN, contact our office at (865) 233-7640 to schedule a consultation today.