Did you know there are two distinct types of teeth stain? Extrinsic, the most common form, develop as a result of the food and drinks we consume. However, intrinsic, also known as permanent stains, can be a result of other factors and also very difficult to remove. How do you mask permanent teeth stains?
Frequently Asked Questions About Masking Teeth Stains
Question: What causes intrinsic stains?
Answer: This discoloration actually forms beneath the enamel, often caused by injury to the tooth, fluorosis, and the use of certain antibiotics at a young age, such as tetracycline. While in some cases our teeth whitening system can actually remove intrinsic stains, in other situations we need to mask them with a lifelike restoration.
Question: Can veneers help?
Answer: Yes! Veneers are restorations created using very thin layers of porcelain. They cover the front and the sides of the teeth, completely changing the tooth’s appearance. We first prepare the tooth receiving them by removing a thin layer of enamel and taking digital impressions. The impressions are used it help design and create the restorations. Once complete, we place them using a powerful bonding agent.
Question: When do you recommend bonding?
Answer: Bonding often acts as a more cost-effective solution. Instead of a restoration, we coat the teeth in a composite resin shaded to better blend with surrounding teeth. We then shape the tooth as the material cures under a light. In some cases, we use bonding for the rear and side teeth and veneers for the front, combining them to mask intrinsic discoloration.
Question: How do I know which is right for me?
Answer: You can start by scheduling a free cosmetic consultation. We will examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your teeth stains. We can then decide which solution will best brighten your smile.
Do You Have Questions About Masking Permanent Teeth Stains?
We can use veneers and bonding to help you enjoy a brighter smile! For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.