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What causes teeth to stain?

What causes teeth to stain?

Extrinsic stains appear on the surface of your teeth and result from exposure over time to food, drink, or tobacco products. Intrinsic stains appear within the inner layer of your teeth and result from trauma to the tooth, by medications, excessive fluoride use and normal aging.

How does teeth whitening work?

The whitening agent penetrates the outer layer of teeth called the enamel, to reach the discolored molecules inside your teeth. The oxygen molecules from the whitening agent react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together.

Not all teeth reach the same level of whiteness. Your existing fillings, crowns, bridges and veneers will not whiten. For best results, whitening should be done after a dental exam and cleaning.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is safe when used as directed. Caution has to be advised to ensure the whitening agent does not burn the gum tissue. Sensitivity is a common side effect and will disappear over time.

If you have gum recession and have exposed roots, note that these areas tend to be yellower but will not whiten. Excruciating sensitivity may result when the whitening agent is applied to exposed roots, worn enamel or cavities. You should not whiten your teeth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

What types of whitening are there?

At Dr. Rebecca Bae, DDS, we offer three types of teeth whitening to suit your needs. We use a special whitening gel that contain potassium nitrate and fluoride to help reduce sensitivity and strengthen enamel.

Types of Whitening



1. In-office whitening

40% Hydrogen Peroxide Gel

1 hour in office

2. Take-home whitening

20% or 35% Carbamide Peroxide Gel

1 hour in office

3. Prefilled Disposable Trays

15% Hydrogen Peroxide Gel

15-20 minutes a day

Use 5-10 days

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15 minutes once daily
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Dental Tip of the Month

Reduce teeth staining by:

1. Drinking or rinsing with water immediately after drinking coffee, tea or red wine

2. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, cucumbers, broccoli, celery and carrots to get the saliva flowing

3. Having some cheese, yogurt or milk to promote remineralization of enamel

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