When patients meet with Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., they know that they are in the care of a leading cosmetic dentist who serves the Knoxville area. He offers advanced cosmetic and restorative treatments, including teeth whitening, which can bleach even the most serious dental stains.
We receive a number of questions about teeth whitening to address wine stains. Let's go over this matter in more detail right now.
About Teeth Whitening and Extrinsic Stains
Teeth whitening is a great cosmetic dentistry option to consider for people who have teeth that are stained at the surface level. These are known as extrinsic stains. When teeth whitening is performed, is bleaches the discolored tooth structure, making people's smiles whiter and brighter in the process.
Extrinsic stains are caused by a number of foods and beverages as well as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. They differ from intrinsic stains, which is a type of tooth discoloration that originates from within a tooth's structure.
Can Teeth Whitening Bleach Wine Stains?
Teeth whitening has proved very effective at treating wine stains. Even deep wine stains can be brightened and whitened thanks to professional teeth whitening with a skilled dentist.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is the type of dental bleaching that takes place in a dentist's office using state-of-the-art technology and systems. Over-the-counter teeth whitening refers to various products that can whiten the teeth, from rudimentary toothpastes to more sophisticated strips and tray systems.
Professional teeth whitening is much more effective than over-the-counter teeth whitening, yielding better results that come about faster and that are much safer.
How Many Teeth Whitening Sessions Will It Take?
The number of professional teeth whitening sessions necessary to address tooth discoloration can vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the wine stains that are present. From some patients with minor wine stains, one session may be all that's necessary. For more serious stains, three sessions may be required, with treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
During the consultation process, we will be able to discuss the number of teeth whitening sessions that you may need to have the whitest and brightest smile possible.
Can Wine Stain My Teeth After a Whitening Session?
Even if you have undergone teeth whitening treatment, your smile can still be affected by wine and other substances that cause stains. It's not uncommon for people to undergo touch-up teeth whitening treatments every few years in order to make their smiles appear their brightest and whitest.
Tips for Keeping Your Smile Its Brightest and Whitest
In order to keep your smile looking its best, it's ideal to abstain from substances that cause tooth discoloration, or at least to practice moderation where these substances are concerned. It's also important to practice good oral hygiene, which means brushing and flossing regularly (ideally after every meal).
Learn More About Teeth Whitening Treatment
For more information about teeth whitening and how it can improve the beauty of your smile, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. and his team will help you have the most beautiful smile possible.