Whitening For 3 Types Of Tooth Stains

If your smile could use some brightening, what are you waiting for? Professional teeth whitening from Falls Pointe Dental in Raleigh is the easiest ways you can improve its appearance.

before and after teeth whitening

It is important to realize that not every smile responds to teeth whitening the same way. The degree of whiteness attained and the treatment time necessary depends on the type of stains 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 Raleigh dental patients 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 our 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 teeth whitening treatment to the care of an experienced dentist, like those at Falls Pointe Dental in Raleigh. Teeth whitening is among the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. We also offer pediatric dentistry for the youngters in your family. Schedule an appointment with us today.