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Here we’ll cover what we know is important:

– Why your teeth might be stained.
– Can they be whitened?
– Tooth stain removal: Will whitening remove all stains?


Why would you want to whiten your teeth? The answer is simple. Having a smile that you don’t love can negatively affect your self-esteem. Our smile can have a strong impact on our mood, and it can also change the way we function in our social and business relationships. So, many times, people consider tooth stain removal, commonly referred to as, teeth whitening.

Before and after image of tooth stain removal, also known as teeth whitening, done at Coddington Dental in Lincoln, NE.

Each patient that comes to us will be evaluated on their specific individual needs. If you find yourself interested in learning more about teeth whitening, our cosmetic dentists will learn about your personal needs and wants, to see whether or not you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. At times, stains that are found only on the surface of the teeth, can be removed with a good cleaning. However, for stains are found deeper as well as stains that are affecting the structure of the tooth, a different approach will be considered in the patient’s cosmetic makeover. Regardless, we do know that stains are unwelcome, and we will come up with a solution to help you get them removed.

What Causes Stained Front Teeth?

If you are considering tooth stain removal, also commonly referred to as teeth whitening, you may be resentful that your teeth have stains in the first place. Teeth stains can be caused for several reasons. Certain foods and drinks, like tea, coffee, grape or carrot juice, berries, or beets can cause your teeth to retain staining. If you received silver amalgam fillings years ago, they may be leaching out silver salts onto your teeth. Also, when a tooth suffers trauma or if the nerve dies, it may become dark gray in appearance because of bleeding within the tooth, or from debris within the pulp of the tooth. Finally, if you were given certain medications as a child, like Tetracycline, while teeth were forming, some teeth may have become permanently discolored. Teeth whitening is an option for stained teeth, but patients must be aware that teeth whitening cannot rectify all stained teeth. So, whether you are in search of fixing discolored teeth, a “gummy smile,” cracked or broken teeth, or even missing teeth, there is a solution for you.

Here are a few commonly asked questions to help set your mind at ease.

Is tooth stain removal, teeth whitening for everyone?

Teeth whitening, or tooth stain removal, is a comfortable and safe way to get a brilliant smile. Treatment time and results can vary depending upon the level of staining and, ultimately, the desired whiteness. Bridges, crowns, fillings, and veneers will not whiten. However, replacing amalgam fillings with white, mercury-free fillings might be an excellent option.

How old do you need to be to do teeth whitening?

It is recommended not to begin the whitening process before age 13. This may vary depending on the patient. Due to the enlarged pulp chamber in children and young adults, the nerves of the teeth can be very sensitive, and it may not be advisable.

Is it safe to whiten your teeth?

Whitening your teeth is considered safe – as long as you follow directions. Do not overuse any whitening product. The quickest way to whiten your teeth, however, is to use a professional product. A professional product contains higher amounts of bleaching reactants and is customized for your gums. Thus, making them a better choice for whitening.

Does teeth whitening work on yellow teeth?

The natural yellow tooth shades will whiten faster than a tooth with added stains from medication, tobacco, and food. Everyone has a “maximum capacity” for a particular shade of white. There are specific teeth, however, that can never get that super white color. If you desire a particular shade of white, dental veneers or crowns can help you achieve that dazzling white color.

Still have questions? That’s okay. It’s always an excellent idea to be sure you fully understand the ins and outs of any kind of treatment. For more information about teeth stains, their causes, and how you might be able to remove them, Crest™ has an article full of answers to all of your questions.


The information on this page was written by Dr. Ben Joekel.

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “My goal as your dentist is to listen to your concerns and needs when it comes to your dental health. Once your concerns are addressed, our goal as a team is to provide you with exceptional care that makes you feel comfortable.”

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist online 24/7 at his West Lincoln Location of Nebraska Family Dentistry. This Lincoln, NE dentist serves the local communities in Garland, Pleasant Dale, Denton, Crete, Milford, Hickman, Roca, Martell, and Panama.


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