Dingy, stained teeth are a drag on your smile’s appearance. When you recognize the most common causes of tooth discoloration, you can then take steps to reduce the impact of those factors on your smile and treat any stains that have already occurred. The most common causes of tooth discoloration are dark-colored foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea, red wine and berries), smoking, certain medications and excessive exposure to fluoride during childhood development.
Fortunately, if your smile suffers from stained teeth, a cosmetic dentist can offer interventions to brighten and whiten your smile. Teeth whitening treatments, such as Zoom! laser whitening, apply a bleaching gel to permeate the surface of the teeth and release the stains held beneath it. Zoom! works even faster than traditional teeth whitening treatments because the bleaching gel is activated by lasers to take effect more quickly. You can leave your dentist’s office in about an hour sporting a smile that’s up to 10 shades whiter.
It’s important to recognize that these teeth whitening treatments do not achieve permanent results. In order to have whiter teeth in the long term, you will need to have periodic touch-up treatments, which can be completed at home at your convenience or in the office with your cosmetic dentist.
In order to maintain your results as long as possible between touch-ups, you should restrict the habits that might have contributed to your tooth discoloration after you receive a teeth whitening treatment, such as limiting your consumption of coffee, switching to white wine or giving up smoking–which will give you countless other health benefits, by the way.
Some deep stains may not respond to bleaching agents, and in these cases, the cosmetic dentist may suggest porcelain veneers as an alternative. These tooth-shaped shells are bonded on top of your biological teeth and can be used to hide stains that remain despite attempts at teeth whitening. The porcelain material looks remarkably like biological tooth enamel, leaving this intervention with a lifelike appearance.
Don’t resign yourself to a stained smile. We offer a variety of treatments that can help to improve the appearance of discolored teeth. Call our office to schedule a consultation and learn about your options.