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Discolored Teeth and How to Fight Back

Teeth whitening

Your stained teeth tell a story of smoking, eating artificially colored food, and minimal brushing and flossing. The good news is discolored teeth can be whitened. However, there’s a catch. How white your teeth get after dental whitening depends on the cause of discoloration. These include:

Extrinsic Causes

Extrinsic discoloration occurs on the teeth’s surface and is often linked to external factors and lifestyle choices, such as:

  • Food and beverages
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Certain medications (Antihistamines and antipsychotics)
  • Fluorosis
  • Exposure to metals, including copper and iron

Intrinsic Causes

Intrinsic discoloration originates from within the tooth, affecting the dentin or pulp. This discoloration often appears grayish and is resistant to OTC whitening products. It is caused by

  • Dental trauma
  • Dentinogenesis imperfecta
  • Aging
  • Tetracycline antibiotics
  • Genetics

Tips to Prevent Teeth Stains

After a teeth whitening procedure from a dentist, here’s what you can do to prevent future staining:

Avoid or Limit Consuming Teeth-Staining Foods

Things you drink or eat mark your hands, clothes, and teeth. Though brushing will help you maintain your teeth’ shine… somewhat, it’s better to watch out for the following stain makers:

  • Tea or coffee
  • Soda
  • Cranberry or grape juice
  • White and red wine
  • Blueberries
  • Soy sauce
  • Beets
  • Tomato sauce

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material to repair or improve the appearance of a tooth. It is a simple treatment that addresses various dental issues, such as stained, misaligned, or chipped teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells, usually made of medical-grade ceramic. They are custom-designed and bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Though more expensive than dental bonding, they are a superior and lasting tooth whitening option.

Maintain Dental Hygiene

Regular brushing and flossing after every meal and using a mouth rinse can help maintain your teeth’s white color.

The effects of these tips depend on a person’s overall health. It’s possible that someone suffering from diabetes might not be able to restore their teeth’s shine without professional help. This is why it is essential to visit a dentist to explore options.

Meadows Family Dentistry offers custom teeth whitening trays and veneers and uses micro-abrasive techniques to whiten teeth. Visit their website to learn more about their services. To schedule an appointment, call (303) 660-5576.

Posted on Dec 11, 2023
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