Ben Tindal, DMD, MS
Tooth Discoloration in Sarasota, FL
A person with a bright smile is perceived as youthful, confident, and successful; however, not everyone has white teeth. Various factors affect their color, like genetics and the foods you eat. You don’t have to hide stained or discolored teeth. You have multiple options to revamp your pearly whites, depending on different types of tooth stains.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Teeth come in various shades and tones naturally. Not to mention, they can change color over the years. The most common types of tooth discoloration include:
Extrinsic: Surface stains are the most common type of discoloration. They can be caused by poor oral hygiene, drinking too much, smoking, and other preventable factors.
Intrinsic: Stains originating from within the tooth can be more challenging to treat. They can be caused by certain medications, trauma, genetic conditions, or too much fluoride.
Age-Related: Enamel gets thinner from years of wear and tear, causing more of the yellowish dentin to be visible.
It's important to know that over the counter whitening products won’t have any effect on any stains because they don’t contain professional-grade whitening agents. The only way to achieve the drastic, lasting improvement you desire is with the help of a cosmetic dentist.
Options to Treat Stained Teeth in Sarasota, FL
No two mouths are the same, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for stains. Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine the cause of your discoloration to recommend an appropriate treatment, like:
Cleaning and Checkup
Poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque and tartar buildup. A good cleaning and polishing will make your teeth look cleaner and healthier.
A professional whitening treatment penetrates the enamel to resolve surface and age-related stains. Teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter with results that can last for many months to years with the right aftercare.
Veneers cover the front sides of teeth to hide several imperfections, like stains, chips, and gaps. They can cover the most challenging discoloration while resolving other imperfections using one treatment to save time and money. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so your new smile will stay bright. Veneers can last for a decade or longer with the right maintenance.
Your general dentist at Tindal Prosthodontics will explain all your options to turn back the clock for a dazzling smile.
Preventing Tooth Discoloration
You can keep new stains at bay by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup. Your cosmetic dentist will recommend avoiding anything that can cause new stains, like dark foods and drinks or smoking. If your teeth whitening results begin to fade, your dentist can provide you with a touchup kit to ensure your stunning new smile lasts.
About Dr. Ben Tindal Dr. Tindal achieved his dental degree from the University of Florida and continued his education to earn his master’s degree and certificate in prosthodontics. He has completed advanced training in many specialties, including cosmetic dentistry. If you’re ready to say goodbye to stained teeth, contact our office today to request your consultation for a whiter smile.