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What Causes Dulling and Discoloration of Teeth?

Dulling and discoloration of teeth happen for a number of reasons. The discolorations are usually caused by tooth aging and staining which can be caused by coffee, tea, wine, tetracycline or smoking. Dullness and staining of the dentition can impede a person’s self confidence. If the state of your dentition has become a point of embarrassment, it’s probably time to visit your cosmetic dentist.

There are two possible dental treatments that can solve your problem, for slight yet unsightly stains, tooth whitening is an option you may want to consider. As we age our dental enamel often becomes darker due to natural aging and a combination of the food or vices we consume. Tooth bleaching gently removes the stains and discoloration. You can opt for in-office whitening procedures or at-home treatments that come in an easy to use kit.
Before the treatment, the cosmetic dentist will create a custom mouth tray for the patient to use. This is a crucial step because it helps by providing a barrier which should not leak and ensures that the teeth are exposed to the right amount of whitening solution. A custom tray will provide the best fit compared to a one-size-fits-all tray. It will also improve the margin of safety.

Home whitening kits come with materials provided by the dentist and explicit instructions which have to be followed. Depending upon the results you wish to achieve or the amount of bleaching you need, the cosmetic dentist may ask you to wear your tray overnight. This is why it is important to obtain the right fit. The home whitening regimen will usually last for two to three weeks.

A veneer is a thin layer made up of restorative material. It is placed over the tooth surface to make it more aesthetically pleasing or to protect a damaged surface. The veneer can be made up of porcelain or composite. The composite veneer can be built-up directly in the mouth while the porcelain veneer is fabricated in a laboratory by a dental technician. It is then bonded to the tooth by using resin cement.

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