Not all tooth stains are created equal. The types of tooth stains you experience will impact the success of your tooth whitening treatment. When you visit our Scottsdale cosmetic dentistry office for your initial tooth whitening consultation, Dr. Donald Wilcox will recommend the ideal treatment plan to help you achieve the dazzling, bright smile you desire. Most people experience extrinsic teeth stains, typically caused by staining agents that come into contact with their teeth on a regular basis such as colas, coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate, cigarettes, and certain vegetables. Many of these extrinsic stains can be easily treated with our in-office or at-home tooth whitening options. However, there are certain factors which may impact the ability of these tooth whitening treatments to achieve your desired results. These include:
- Fluorosis – This condition occurs when you receive too much fluoride as a child, resulting in yellow or brown spots on your teeth.
- Tetracycline stains – The use of tetracycline antibiotics can result in intrinsic stains to the inner layer of your teeth, called dentin. Tetracycline-stained teeth typically have a brown or grayish shade.
- Decalcification – This condition typically occurs due to plaque buildup. Decalcification creates white spots on your teeth.
If you experience any of these conditions, Dr. Wilcox may recommend porcelain veneers as an alternative to tooth whitening in order to achieve more effective, long lasting results. To learn more about the tooth whitening options we offer, please contact Desert Smiles today. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas of Arizona.