Why are My Teeth Stained and Discolored?
There are many extrinsic factors that can contribute to tooth discoloration from diet to smoking. There are also many issues beyond our control such as genetics, medications needed for overall health, or advanced age. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist can demonstrate the many avenues for overcoming these obstacles to a bright and brilliant smile.
- Diet – Many foods and beverages can discolor teeth. Coffee, tea, wine, and cola; along with berries, dark sauces such as tomato sauce and foods that contain colorful dyes carry the potential to stain or discolor teeth.
- Smoking/tobacco use – Nicotine and tars result in yellowing teeth.
- Genetics and aging – You can thank your ancestors if you are the recipient of pearly whites as our heritage, along with dental habits during our formative years, plays a big role in the condition of our teeth as we age.
- Medications – Certain medications may stain when taken over a period of time.
There are many extrinsic factors that can contribute to tooth discoloration from diet to smoking. There are also many issues beyond our control such as genetics, medications needed for overall health, or advanced age.
Fortunately, there are many dental solutions to help combat the yellowing of teeth. These solutions include:
- Teeth Whitening- In-office teeth whitening with Zoom! Teeth Whitening can lighten teeth up to eight shades in one brief appointment. Surface stains that are not eliminated through a hygiene cleaning can often be improved with this process.
- Veneers – In those instances where the stains are stubborn or are from within the tooth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend dental veneers.
There are different types of veneers to resolve a variety of dental imperfections. Dental stains might best be treated with composite veneers. This is a process where the dentist applies a tooth colored composite resin over the stained area. Also referred to as composite bonding, the composite is applied in layers and cured with a laser or curing light after each application.
Porcelain veneers are prepared from dental impressions taken by your dentist and fabricated at a dental lab. These are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that are permanently cemented on the front of teeth that require improvement. Porcelain veneers are used to correct chipped teeth, misshapen or worn down teeth, dull or discolored teeth, or to close gaps between teeth.
With porcelain veneers, a very thin layer of enamel is removed (about the thickness of the veneer), to allow the veneer to fit and appear natural. Before permanently cementing veneers in place, your cosmetic dentist will make sure the fit and shade are perfect.