Can Stains Underneath the Enamel be Whitened?

Stains underneath the enamel of teeth are generally caused by fluoridation in water or medications such as tetracycline. Also known as intrinsic tooth discoloration, these stains do not commonly respond well to topical treatments.

Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young offers advanced tooth whitening services both in-office and as take-home kits, but these are best for surface stains. While even severe discoloration may be significantly reduced with our professional whitening options, those stains that lie underneath the enamel will typically only become more apparent as surrounding enamel is lightened. This makes it best to consider other cosmetic dentistry options for this particular problem.

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding

Dr. Young often recommends porcelain veneers for teeth with intrinsic staining. Because they are placed over the front of teeth, porcelain veneers are able to completely cover staining, producing a bright and beautiful appearance for years to come.

Options such as dental bonding may also be capable of reducing the visibility of deeper stains. This, along with other potentially beneficial cosmetic dentistry solutions can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please contact Scott Young, DDS to schedule a cosmetic evaluation today.

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