Tooth stains can be categorized as extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are often caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco products. They are superficial stains that affect the tooth enamel, or the outer layer of the tooth. Intrinsic stains affect the inner layer of the tooth which is called dentin. Over time, as the enamel wears down, the dentin can show through. Dr. David Weinstock provides comfortable teeth whitening treatment to patients in Bala Cynwyd, PA, and the surrounding areas. On this page, we will review some of the best ways to treat intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Bala Cynwyd, PA
We provide in-office and take-home teeth whitening with Zoom®. This advanced whitening treatment can deliver results in just one hour. For the in-office Zoom treatment, Dr. Weinstock isolates the teeth and applies the hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel. Then, he activates the gel with the Zoom light, which penetrates the enamel. He then removes the gel and repeats this process several times. When completed, patients will see brighter results in 45 to 60 minutes.
Dr. Weinstock also provides patients with custom whitening kits for at-home treatment. He will take dental impressions that are then sent to a dental lab to make the custom whitening trays. These trays hold the whitening gel to the teeth. Patients wear the whitening trays for two hours a day for multiple weeks.
Tooth bonding uses a biocompatible resin to cover cosmetic imperfections. Patients with areas of damage or discoloration can create a brighter, more uniform smile with dental bonding treatment. During this treatment, we apply a malleable biocompatible resin to the prepared tooth. Then, we mold and shape the material to cover the tooth and create a natural bite. Once the tooth is in the correct shape and shade, we cure it. Finally, we polish the bonded tooth for a natural sheen. Tooth bonding is a quick and economical way to brighten stained teeth.
Similar to dental bonding treatment, porcelain veneers can cover tooth stains and dental injuries. However, they offer longer-lasting results. Because of this, we will often recommend veneers for patients who want to address larger areas of discoloration. We can even place veneers on each tooth. To prepare teeth for veneers, we etch away a small portion of the tooth enamel. This does not damage the natural tooth but prepares it for treatment. Then, we bond custom-made veneers to each tooth. We use impressions to ensure that the porcelain veneers look and feel natural.
Get a Brighter Smile Today
Are you looking for a comfortable way to brighten your smile? Call Dr. Weinstock today. New patients may call (215) 857-8054, while current patients can call (610) 667-2770. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Weinstock on our website. If you have any concerns or questions about whitening treatment, let Dr. Weinstock or a member of his team know at your next dental visit. They will be happy to help.