Never Worry About Stained Teeth Again

added on: December 23, 2020

Maintaining a perfectly white smile without any professional products is nearly impossible unless you eat and drink only water and the blandest and colorless foods possible. If you don’t like looking in the mirror and feeling unhappy about your stained teeth, you need a solution. Let us help you understand the science behind why your teeth become stained and provide you with a few options that will help you maintain a glowing white smile at all times.

 

Causes of Stained Teeth

Tooth discoloration is normal and can occur due to something coming into contact with your teeth, something happening inside your body, or simply from age. Your teeth are made of a porous material. This means they can absorb the pigment of anything they come into contact with from foods and drinks to chemicals. Some of the top causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Tobacco use – Chewing tobacco or smoking it can lead to stained yellow and in some cases, brown teeth. Smoking other substances can also cause tooth discoloration.
  • Certain foods and drinks – Coffee, wine, tea, cola, soda, and tomatoes are just some of the foods and drinks that can stain your teeth.
  • Poor dental hygiene – Failure to remove plaque from your teeth with proper brushing and flossing can lead to stains.
  • Disease – Certain diseases can affect the enamel of the tooth which can result in discoloration. For example, chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can cause tooth discoloration.
  • Medications – Tetracycline and doxycycline are antibiotics used in the past that can cause severe staining to the teeth.
  • Aging – With age, the outer layer of the enamel begins to wear away which can result in more dentin showing through.
  • Genetics – Some people have thicker or brighter enamels than others which makes their teeth look naturally whiter.
  • Environment – Being exposed to too much fluoride can result in discolored teeth.
  • Dental materials – Amalgam restorations can cause the teeth to look grey.
  • Trauma – Dental trauma during adolescence can cause discoloration in their adult teeth.

Teeth Whitening is a Temporary Solution

No matter what caused your teeth to become discolored or stained, Burkburnett Family Dental has a few options to help brighten your smile. One of our first options is professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening is significantly different from the products you can buy at the store. Professional products use a higher percentage of bleach to deliver more dramatic results and faster. We offer both in-office and take-home whitening solutions to brighten your smile up to 10 shades.

The one takeaway about professional teeth whitening though is that the results are only temporary. With proper care and avoiding foods and drinks that stain your teeth, you can expect your results to last for maybe a year before they start to fade. You will have to refresh your teeth with more whitening to maintain your results about every year or so.

Consider Porcelain Veneers For Teeth That Are Always White

If you don’t want to keep whitening your teeth with professional teeth whitening for the rest of your life, porcelain veneers might be a better option for you. If we apply porcelain veneers to your teeth that show when you smile, you will never have to worry about whitening your teeth again. This is because porcelain veneers do not stain. We can also color them whatever shade you want. Best of all, they can also change the shape and overall appearance of your teeth. Not only will you get a whiter smile that doesn’t fade, but your teeth will also overall just look better. Porcelain veneers require replacement about every 10 to 20 years. This is far less often than an annual tooth whitening treatment.

If you would like to achieve beautiful white teeth that never fade, contact our cosmetic dentists in Burkburnett, TX at to schedule an appointment to learn more about porcelain veneers.