Is Teeth Whitening Right For You?

Throughout your life, you may strive for advancement with anything that you do. This can be applied anywhere in your life, from doing well at a job, to brushing and flossing your teeth daily to maintain proper dental health. Along with providing you with a healthy and clean smile, brushing your teeth will also remove minor surface stains, providing you with a whiter smile. However, if you notice that some stains are not disappearing, there are other ways to go about whitening your teeth to obtain a smile ready for the red carpet.

Different Ways to Avoid Teeth Stains

Along with teeth brushing, there are a few at-home tactics to ensure a pearly-white smile. For instance, a diet containing foods and drinks rich in color dyes can stain the enamel of your teeth. Avoiding these dyes will not only protect your teeth from high amounts of sugar, but will also prevent teeth stains. A few other ways that teeth become stained include smoking or using tobacco products, or even the environment you live in. For more set-in stains, your dentist may recommend a teeth whitening procedure to whiten your teeth.

What If the Inside Of a Tooth is Discolored?

When dealing with teeth stains or discoloration, it is important to remember the difference between the two. Teeth stains are generally along the surface of your teeth and are known as extrinsic stains. If the stains are minor, they are generally removable through regular brushing, along with routine dental checkups. However, if stains are still apparent, no matter the efforts put in from brushing and dental checkups, the inside of your tooth may be discolored. This is known as intrinsic discoloration and is typically a sign of infection or damage and can indicate a variety of issues, such as tooth decay, dental damage, or other severe dental complications. Discoloration is not removable through teeth whitening and will require further analysis and treatment.


As a native of northwest Indiana, Nicholas Cain, DDS, is dedicated to providing excellent general, preventive, and family dentistry services to the community that raised him. To schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles today at 219-938-2637.