The annoying thing about teeth stains is that they can’t be permanently prevented. Eventually, the surfaces of your teeth will begin to show signs of their use and exposure to foods and beverages in the form of staining. The good news is that you can inhibit stains from developing by keeping up with a consistent schedule of brushing and flossing at twice every day, as well as attending routine dental cleanings. When teeth stains do show up, your dentist can help you decide if cosmetic teeth-whitening is the best option for erasing them and giving your teeth a fresh start again.
The Nature of Common Teeth Stains
The outer layer that surrounds your teeth, called enamel, is highly mineralized and super resilient. It’s also semi-translucent, allowing the vibrant tooth structure underneath to shine through brightly. Yet, when molecules from your food and drinks accumulate on enamel over the years, they can dull the enamel’s shine and your teeth’s overall appearance. These molecules are not highly noticeable and require years of accumulation before they affect your smile’s appearance. Therefore, you can inhibit their ability to cause stains by consistently keeping your teeth clean plaque-free.
When to Choose Teeth-Whitening
With the best hygiene routine, you can fight back against teeth stains, but they can still eventually develop. During your routine dental visits, your dentist can assess the appearance of your teeth and help you determine if it’s time to consider teeth-whitening. If your stains are more severe, however, then your dentist will suggest a more comprehensive treatment, such as porcelain veneers.
Learn More About Teeth Stains and Whitening
You might not be able to prevent teeth stains, but you can prolong the time between whitening treatments by inhibiting stain development. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.