In recent years there have been a strong desire for people to whiten their teeth. We need to consider where the stain is prior to whitening. Surface staining is a common occurance. The common offenders are cigarette smoking, tea, red wine, and tartar buildup.
The external stain can be reduced by using a whitening toothpaste that is abrasive enough to remove these stains. This can also be treated during a hygiene appointment.
Internal staining is more extensive and involves the enamel and dentin of the tooth. Whitening of these areas can be accomplished through tooth bleaching. Bleaching is ineffective in whitening denture teeth, crowns, or bonded restorations. In severe cases (or for instances where the desired whiteness is not achieved), then veneering or crowning the tooth to the appropriate shade is required.
Consult with your Dentist to determine if you are a candidate for tooth bleaching.