Whenever you use tobacco products, a small amount of tar and various chemicals are introduced to the mouth. While this can certainly affect soft oral tissues, it can also cause stains to form on your teeth. Even if you only use tobacco on an occasional basis, you are still likely to experience significant stains.
At the same time, tobacco-related dental stains can often saturate tooth enamel deeply. When this happens, stains can prove very difficult to remove with the whitening products sold in stores. In a situation like this, the wisest move is to schedule a whitening consultation with Dr. James C. Ma.
We often recommend a dental bleaching treatment to fully eradicate tobacco stains from deep within tooth enamel. The concentration of whitening agents we use, along with our professional tools and techniques, represent the safest and most effective way to whiten your smile.
We will start by protecting your gums by applying a special gel or placing a rubber dam in your mouth. A small amount of concentrated dental bleach is then poured into a mouth-shaped tray. You will need to bite down softly on the trays to allow the bleach to penetrate deep into your tooth enamel.
The total duration of the bleaching treatment will depend on the depth and severity of the tobacco stains. After it’s done, we might use a special ultraviolet light for additional whitening.
Going forward, you should strongly consider tobacco cessation. Not only will abstaining from tobacco use greatly reduce staining, it will also reduce your chances of suffering oral health and medical issues.
If you live in the Bakersfield, California, area and you are struggling to remove tobacco stains from your smile, you should call 661-324-9709 to schedule a dental bleaching treatment.