Do you struggle with the appearance of your yellow, stained, or discolored teeth?
Discoloration of teeth is typical as patients age. This dental concern may be caused by many factors from diet and lifestyle habits to damage or medications. Understanding what is causing your teeth to appear discolored can help you find the right treatment option to whiten your teeth. Whitening your teeth can take years off of your appearance and help boost your self-confidence.
Dr. Jose Gil offers cosmetic options to treat tooth discoloration. A thorough oral health analysis will help Dr. Gil determine which treatment option will provide you with optimal results. Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective option for improving the appearance of your smile without extensive dentistry. Patients enjoy quick results with less irritation to the gums and teeth when compared to over-the-counter options.
Depending on the reason for your tooth discoloration Dr. Gil may recommend ZOOM! teeth whitening, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of your smile. For some patients with discoloration due to damage or injury, a dental crown and implant may help restore the functional and aesthetic aspects of long-term oral health.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
- Smoking- the use of any tobacco product stains teeth. Smoking, chewing, or vaping can cause teeth to yellow in color making your smile look older than you are. If you have recently quit smoking consider teeth whitening to freshen your smile and take years off your appearance.
- Diet- if you drink coffee, red wine, or eat a highly acidic diet, your smile may yellow over time. These stain-causing food and beverages wear away at the top enamel of the teeth leaving the underlayer, known as dentin, exposed. Dentin is naturally yellow in color and can give your teeth a yellowish appearance. In the office or take-home professional whitening kits can whiten and brighten your smile.
- Injury- if you have a dark black or brown spot on a tooth caused by trauma or injury porcelain veneers or a dental crown can be used to restore your tooth. Dental veneers provide natural-looking, permanent results.
- Overexposure to fluoride- if you have bright white patches on some of your teeth, this may be the result of overexposure to fluoride during the development of your teeth. In some cases, teeth whitening can be successful in evening out the color of your smile, but in some cases, bonding or veneers may be required.
- Medications- certain medications, typically certain antibiotics can cause permanent spots of discoloration on your teeth. Discoloration caused by medications tends to be brownish in color and splotchy. This type of discoloration is often resistant to professional whitening gels and requires dental bonding or veneers to cover the stain.