If you have observed a change in the color of your smile, and feel that it is not as bright as it used to be, your confidence can be shaken. Dental discoloration can affect the overall quality of your appearance, while also making your teeth appear less healthy. While there are several items at your local grocery store or pharmacy that promise to help, these store bought items can have less effect than you hope to see. At our Rochester, MN dental practice, we can help you take care of your dull, discolored smile! Our approach to cosmetic dentistry includes advanced teeth whitening, but we have additional services that can help as well. These alternatives can be more effective for patients when their discoloration is not the result of teeth stains, but internal problems.
Are You Affected By Extrinsic Or Intrinsic Discoloration?
Particles from food items and beverages with dark or rich colors can steadily gather on your enamel, and start to affect the color of your smile. This buildup of stains is often the reason people become interested in whitening their teeth. However, this is not the only reason discoloration occurs! This is what is known as extrinsic discoloration, discoloration from outside sources. Intrinsic discoloration is a term used to address problems with tooth color that are caused by a change to the tooth. This could be the erosion of your enamel, or increased dentin production after an injury. Certain medications can also cause your teeth to change color.
Making Plans To Deal With Teeth Stains
Our practice can offer a teeth whitening solution that combines in-office and take-home treatments. After an initial appointment to have your teeth whitened, you will receive a take-home kit that you can use to fight stains on a daily basis. Once you have done this for the recommended time period, you will come back for a final in-office whitening session. When patients go through this process, their teeth can become up to sixteen shades whiter!
Correcting Other Types Of Discoloration That Can Affect You
If intrinsic discoloration has affected your smile, there are treatment options available. Porcelain veneers are able to effectively hide discoloration, while providing additional benefits from their ability to correct issues with tooth shape and size. You can also explore treatment through dental bonding, which uses composite resin material to cover an unattractive tooth. During a complimentary cosmetic consultation, your dentist can let you know if you need to be concerned about intrinsic discoloration, and talk to you about your options for treatment.
Talk To Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry About Addressing Discolored Teeth
Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry is ready to help patients deal with dental discoloration! Rochester, MN residents and people from surrounding areas can count on us to deliver a modern, effective treatment in response to the problem, and renew their confidence in their smile. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 281-3659.