Discolored 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 medication given in childhood can cause this discoloration.
Solutions for Discolored Teeth
is the solution that works for most people with mild to moderate staining. It can remove staining from foods, beverages, and tobacco. Some stains also respond to tooth polishing.
Stains that are resistant to whitening can be covered with natural-looking restorations that correct other flaws at the same time. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are popular and versatile solutions for discolored teeth that are resistant to whitening.
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. Crooked teeth
will appear straighter and unevenly sized teeth will look more uniform because discoloration magnifies the uneven shapes and contours of your teeth.
If you are in the Minneapolis, MN area and would like to know more about treatment for discolored teeth, please contact us to schedule your free initial consultation. Dr. Raymond offers many options for discolored teeth and he will help you find the solution that fits your lifestyle and goals.