From stained teeth to sparkling smile
Stained teeth can look dirty or unhealthy and they can accentuate other problems such as crookedness. They can even make you look older than you really are. Fortunately, there are many solutions available for correcting discolored teeth. Even the most resistant stains can be effectively covered to give you a brilliant, white smile.
Anyone can have beautiful, white teeth
Discoloration can be relatively shallow in the tooth and therefore easy to correct, or deeply embedded and therefore harder to correct. Daily brushing takes care of the mildest discoloration, and professional cleaning by a hygienist takes care of slightly deeper staining, such as is caused by strongly pigmented foods and drinks (black tea, red wine, blueberries, etc.)
Deeper stains can be caused by medications or trauma. Deepest of all are the stains caused during childhood as the teeth are developing. Tetracycline, which was given in childhood can cause this dark discoloration.
Solutions for stained or discolored teeth
- Some stains are removed wtih a simple tooth polishing.
- Tooth whitening is the solution that works for most people with mild to moderate stained teeth. It can remove staining from foods, beverages, and tobacco.
- Stains that are resistant to whitening can be covered with natural-looking restorations, like dental crowns, that can correct other flaws at the same time.
- Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are popular and versatile solutions for discoloration.
Benefits of correcting discolored teeth
When your teeth are white and bright you will find yourself smiling more. Even if you have other cosmetic dental problems, whitening your teeth can minimize the appearance of those problems. According to experts like a dentist, crooked teeth will appear straighter and unevenly sized teeth will look more uniform because discoloration emphasizes the contours of your teeth.