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Teeth Whitening Marco Island FL | Types of Tooth Staining and Discoloration

We all want to have that perfect white smile, but the question is, is it really possible? As the technology of modern dentistry improves, a lot of procedures to improve the quality of your smile have been made available as well such as teeth whitening Marco Island FL. The downside of this procedure though is that not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. Not all teeth are the same so if this procedure works for you, this doesn’t mean that it would also work for someone else. There are reasons why this is the case.

Two Types of Tooth Discoloration

There are several factors of tooth discoloration. It could be from the medications that you take, smoking, and consumption of highly pigmented foods and drinks. Tooth staining is primarily due to two sources; extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic Staining – Extrinsic staining is largely due to concentrated pigments in beverages and foods, antibiotics, smoking, and metals such as copper and iron. Oral prophylaxis, toothpaste containing peroxide and/or silica gel, and micro-abrasion removes extrinsic staining.

Causes of extrinsic staining are as follows:

  • Calculus
  • Dental Plaque
  • Betel Chewing
  • Tannin (present in coffee, red wine, and tea)

Intrinsic Staining – This type of staining primarily occurs during the development of the tooth either before birth or in early childhood. Intrinsic stains cannot be removed through mechanical procedures such as prophylactic stain removal or debridement.

Here are causes of intrinsic staining:

  • Enamel Hypoplasia
  • Tooth Wear and Ageing
  • Restorative Materials such as Eugenol and Phenolic Compounds

Do I Qualify for Teeth Whitening Marco Island?

Before proceeding to a tooth whitening procedure, patients are advised to visit a dentist’s office for a comprehensive oral examination that consists of a full medical, social, and dental history. This will help the dentist identify if you qualify for the procedure or if there is any treatment that needs to be done such as restorations to remove cavities or decay.


Need a Dental Professional’s Advice?

For more information about teeth whitening and if you think you qualify for a tooth whitening Marco Island FL procedure, schedule an appointment with us at Island Paradise Dental today.

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