Will Teeth Whitening Remove Smoking Stains? – A Brighter Smile

A bright smile means a lot these days. It can give you self-confidence, help you feel happier when you’re in a group of people, and help you feel better about yourself overall. As we age, the enamel on our teeth becomes more porous. This makes it easier for staining to occur. As a result, using teeth whitening treatments from your dentist can often help eliminate many stains and give you back the smile you want. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of teeth stains. Many people wonder if whitening treatments will actually work at removing these nicotine stains; the answer is a resounding yes. Many people don’t realize it but regular dental visits will have a big impact on tooth whitening. That’s because the plaque and tartar that build up on teeth can help ‘soak up’ stains and make them more noticeable and harder to remove. Brushing at home helps but an intensive visit to the dentist will help you much more. Beyond that, the whitening treatments from your dentist are well worth the extra money over home teeth whitening treatments since they’re stronger and better able to remove tough stains. The nicotine within cigarettes is the main cause of smoking stains on teeth. This waxy substance attaches to your teeth, making stains difficult to remove. When you visit the dentist for a whitening treatment, he or she will use a powerful bleaching agent similar to peroxide to whiten your teeth along with a laser that helps to intensify the results of the bleach. This two-stage process is much better than a home kit and gives much faster results. A home kit may work over time but if you’re still smoking you’ll probably just nullify its effects outright. In short, if you’re looking for the whitest possible smile, you probably want to consider professional teeth whitening. It will remove smoking stains along with stains left on your teeth from coffee, food, and other issues. Your smile matters and your dentist can help you get the one you want. Your dentist will also be able to answer questions about the treatment including what to expect and what you should do after the procedure. Professional teeth whitening treatments work and they can help give you a vibrant smile.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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