Most people will notice that over time, their smile can become dull and discolored. Having discolored teeth can sap our self-confidence, but with today’s cosmetic dentistry treatments, we can easily have our smiles restored to their best.
There are a number of reasons why teeth might become discolored, and tooth discoloration can fall into either of two distinct categories. These categories are ‘extrinsic’, which classifies stains that are visible on the outer surface of the teeth; and ‘intrinsic’, which classifies stains that affect the dentin of the tooth.
Causes of extrinsic tooth discoloration include
- dark colored drinks, such as black tea or coffee;
- cola based soft drinks;
- dark berries, such as blackberries;
- tobacco products.
Intrinsic tooth discoloration can be caused by
- age – tooth discoloration is a natural effect of the aging process;
- tooth trauma or damage
- excessive exposure to fluoride
Cosmetic dentistry can help tackle the effects of tooth discoloration, and a dentist can perform teeth whitening treatment in order to restore a tooth back to its natural brilliance, or alternatively may consider veneers if the discoloration is severe.
For extrinsic discoloration, the dentist is likely to perform teeth whitening, perhaps through tray-based at-home teeth whitening, or through Zoom! teeth whitening. For at-home treatment, the dentist will supply the patient with all they need to treat the discoloration at home.
However, for better results, Zoom! teeth whitening can be performed in a single day; the dentist applies a light-activated gel to the patient’s teeth that is then treated with a special laser which activates the whitening properties of the gel.
Severe intrinsic discoloration is more likely to be treated through veneers, which are porcelain tooth coverings, and bonded onto the teeth. Veneers may also be used in instances where discolored teeth show signs of damage, or are heavily filled and tooth whitening treatments may not yield satisfactory results.
A dentist will advise on the type of discoloration a patient has, and the most effective method of restoring the teeth’s natural whiteness.
For a whiter and brighter smile, contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry, serving Round Rock and the surrounding areas.