There are several factors that can cause discoloration or stains on your teeth – keeping your smile white and bright nowadays seems harder than ever, especially as you get older. However, that doesn’t need to be the case. Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve a brighter smile – sometimes all it takes is teeth whitening! On the other hand, however, you may need a different treatment for deeper stains (also known as intrinsic stains) that have affected the inner structure of your tooth. The first step, if you’re wanting a whiter (and brighter) smile, is to contact your dentist.
Avoiding Discoloration And Stains
As you might already know, there are several outside factors (think drinks, food, and even medications) that can stain your teeth and leave them discolored. While consuming a healthy diet can obviously help protect your tooth enamel (and thus, protect against stains), ultimately – avoiding these factors is the best way to keep your smile bright.
Your Whitening Options
Teeth Whitening and Deep Bleaching:
You have a couple teeth whitening treatment options; an in-office procedure, take-home trays, or deep bleaching (with Kor). Always consult with your dentist first, because even though they may seem more cost-effective, it’s a good idea to stay away from any over-the-counter “whitening kits” as they can cause damage to your teeth.
For deeper, more severe staining, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers be placed over your natural teeth. Not only can veneers create a bright smile, they can also change the shape and overall esthetic appeal of your smile.
Worried about what your results will be? Don’t! Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer can actually show you what your smile will end up looking like (thanks to modern technology)!