Why Are Your Teeth Stained?

You take good care of your teeth by brushing them at least twice a day and flossing at least once. You even diligently attend your routine checkup and cleaning appointments twice every year. So, when teeth stains appear, you may wonder why, and what they could mean for the state of your oral health. Fortunately, the most common teeth stains, which can appear even when you take excellent care of your teeth, don’t usually indicate a serious dental issue. In most cases, teeth stains are merely the accumulation of staining deposits from your food and beverages over the years, and erasing them is as simple as undergoing convenient teeth-whitening treatment.

Common Causes of Teeth Stains

When you keep your teeth consistently clean, you can avoid things like oral bacteria and food particles from adhering to the surfaces of your teeth for too long. However, the molecules in your food that give it its color, known as chromogens, can linger on your enamel long enough to affect the appearance of your teeth. The change isn’t immediately obvious and can take several years before they become even remotely noticeable. Yet, over time, chromogens can become the leading cause behind common surface stains on your teeth.

How to Improve Your Smile’s Appearance

While the appearance of stains can be upsetting to those who take good care of their teeth, that frustration is lessened by the fact that they can be erased easily, without the need for extensive dental treatment. Teeth-whitening is a simple process that involves using a potent but safe whitening gel to break up stains and brighten your tooth structure. During your visit to our office, we can carefully apply the gel and stimulate it using a special light to create dramatic results in about an hour.

Learn More About Teeth Stains and Teeth-Whitening

If your teeth have stained, then you may be able to brighten them quickly and conveniently with the right professional teeth-whitening treatment. To schedule your appointment, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.

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