How Do We Remove Teeth Stains?

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If you have stains on your teeth, you could feel self-conscious about your smile, even to the point of hiding it whenever possible! Fortunately, your Des Moines, IA, dentist knows how to target and remove discoloration with professional teeth whitening. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how teeth whitening works, and our solutions for permanent discoloration.

The Causes of Your Discoloration

Why do our teeth develop unsightly discoloration over time? The fact is, multiple issues could mean discoloration. For example, poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugary foods or drinks could lead to stains as plaque buildup accumulates. For others, beverages with dark pigments, such as tea, red wine, soda, and coffee, could discolor teeth. Other causes include smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products. Often the steps necessary to protect your smile from oral health concerns like cavities or gum disease could also brighten teeth and help your whitening results last even longer. Be sure you continue to brush and floss, see us for checkups and cleanings, and enjoy a healthier diet.

Our Professional Whitening System

Our professional system could help you achieve teeth brightened by several different shades. To begin, you will visit our office for an initial treatment. We apply a powerful bleaching gel to the teeth and active the ingredients with a special light, with breaks up some of the stains. We then provide a take-home kit. In the kit is a set of fitted trays and a bleaching gel. You will fill the trays with gel and wear them for about a half hour to 45 minutes a day over the course of one to two weeks. The trays ensure even results and prevent the gel from being diluted. You then keep the trays and any remaining gel for touch-ups as needed down the road.

Masking Permanent Teeth Stains

However, some stains don’t form on the surface of our teeth, instead they develop in the inner dentin, the result or injury, fluorosis, or other issues. If you have discoloration that won’t respond to our whitening treatments, we could instead mask them with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or a combination of the two, helping you achieve a brighter smile in as little as one tot wo visits. If you have any questions about our cosmetic treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today. We want to help you obtain stunning results in 2021!


We want to help you obtain a smile that looks great without professional cosmetic procedures. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, or to schedule your appointment with our Des Moines, IA team, contact Gateway Dental Group by calling 515-244-9565 today.