A bright, white smile can make a world of difference in one’s expression and confidence. Tooth discoloration can, therefore, be a frustrating impediment to achieving the brilliant smile you deserve. Luckily, there are a variety of treatment options to remove stains or cover them permanently, depending on one’s preference and the nature of discoloration.
What Causes Teeth To Discolor?
• Tobacco – Lifestyle habits such as smoking or any kind of tobacco use can result in yellowing teeth.
• Genetics – If parents or siblings have a dark hue, chances are you might as well.
• Medications – Some drugs can stain teeth. Your doctor or dentist may be able to recommend an alternative medicine or dosage may be adjusted to prevent tooth discoloration.
• Fluorosis – Stains can occur when fluoride supplements are taken in addition to drinking fluoridated water.
• Foods And Beverages – Dark colored beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, grape juice, and cola can stain tooth enamel. Eating colorful foods such as tomato sauce, blueberries and beets can offer a health benefit but have the potential to stain teeth. Brushing as soon as possible after eating or drinking these stain makers will help to curb their staining effect.
If teeth become discolored and dental cleaning is not enough for you, there are other options. Your dentist may suggest teeth whitening as the first choice of treatment. This is the least invasive and most economical option and provides a great place to start.
For problems too severe for teeth whitening, dental veneers may be recommended. Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells that are fabricated to fit on the front of teeth.
Veneers are suitable for stained, chipped, misshapen teeth or teeth with worn enamel. Veneers provide a permanent solution as they are cemented to teeth and are made to match surrounding teeth in shape and shade making this repair virtually undetectable.
How Can We Brighten Your Smile?
No matter the nature of discoloration, we can help you choose an appropriate treatment option to enhance your smile for years to come. Schedule a dental appointment, contact our office today at 203-612-5870.