Enamel Microabrasion Can Remove Surface Stains, Says Livonia Dentist

woman smiling with white teethWould you like a beautiful, lustrous smile? Then consider a couple of teeth whitening treatments. Although having an in-office whitening procedure does prove quite effective, bleaching may not rid your smile of every stain. Therefore, a doctor may recommend enamel microabrasion to ensure you receive top-notch results. Dr. James Stewart, your Livonia dentist explains enamel microabrasion and the benefits of the procedure.

Combating Extrinsic Dental Stains

People who have dental stains tend to one or both types of stains: intrinsic or extrinsic. An intrinsic dental stain is one that lives behind the enamel. These stains can occur from certain medications or an excess of fluoride. Intrinsic stains prove quite difficult to remove, yet some whitening treatments, like the KöR bleaching system, can reduce their appearance. Patients should keep in mind, however, that intrinsic stains may not take to a teeth whitening treatment.

An extrinsic stain is one that lives on the surface of the tooth. These stem from certain foods, beverages, and habits like smoking. Typically, when a patient receives a whitening treatment, these stains come off with ease. However, by using both a bleaching treatment and enamel microabrasion—a stain removal method—patients can see a noticeable difference in their smiles.

Combine Teeth Whitening with Enamel Microabrasion for the Brightest Smile

Enamel microabrasion is a method, like teeth whitening, used to remove darker surface stains from teeth. With enamel microabrasion, a compound is applied to the enamel and removed with a dental buffer. This eliminates any yellow, brown, or white spots from the enamel, leaving the surface free of stains.

Many patients also opt for a bleaching treatment after the enamel microabrasion is complete to ensure their smiles become brilliantly white. Once your Livonia dentist has completed both procedures, your teeth should appear much whiter and brighter than before.

Livonia Dentist Offers Exceptional Teeth Whitening Treatments

If you’re planning on having a teeth whitening treatment, using two approaches may produce more noticeable results. For more information on enamel microabrasion, consult with Dr. Stewart. He can highlight all the details of the procedures in his Livonia practice. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (734) 425-4400. Also, visit our website to view services, testimonials, and print patient forms. We look forward to treating patients from Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and surrounding areas.