If your smile could use some brightening, St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD can help. We provide professional teeth whitening that can dramatically improve your appearance.
Not everyone responds the same to teeth whitening, however. Not all teeth stains are equal, and the degree of whiteness attained and the treatment time necessary depends on the type of stain being treated.
1. Surface or extrinsic stains are the most accessible and easiest to remove. They are caused by the usual suspects: coffee, tea, wine, cola, smoking and the natural aging process.
2. Intrinsic stains can be lightened, but it may take a bit longer. These stains form from the inside out but are visible through the enamel. They can be caused by trauma, tetracycline antibiotics, infection, or excessive fluoride use in childhood before the enamel is fully formed.
3. Combination: Some people have both extrinsic and intrinsic staining. As we age our teeth change, regardless of how well we take care of them. Two things that work against us is that enamel thins, while the dentin underneath fades and yellows. Again, the extrinsic stains on the enamel are the quickest to lighten, but ongoing treatment with a peroxide-based penetrating whitener can lighten the deeper discoloration.
It is best to trust fast teeth whitening treatment to an experienced professional. St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD has years of experience brightening smiles. We also offer other popular cosmetic dentistry procedures like porcelain veneers and crowns, as well as general and family dentistry.
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