Diet, lifestyle, aging, heredity, environment, disease, and the side effects of certain medications all contribute to the staining or discoloration of teeth. Even if you abstain from known tooth-staining agents such as tobacco, red wine, coffee, and other dark beverages, some degree of discoloration is inevitable. Fortunately, there are a few cosmetic dentistry treatments available to reverse the effects of staining and discoloration.
Stains and Tooth Whitening
The most common culprits of tooth staining include:
- Tobacco use
- Dark teas
- Red wine
Many fruits and vegetables including beets and apples will also stain teeth over time. If you are concerned about whether a substance will stain your teeth, keep this rule of thumb in mind: if it will stain fabric, it will stain your teeth. Furthermore, poor oral hygiene will speed up the staining process, as plaque buildup will trap stain-producing substances.
Tooth whitening is an excellent way to get rid of discoloration and provide you with a bright, vibrant smile. Dr. Firouzi uses the Kurthy Deep Bleaching method to remove stains to your teeth. This procedure uses a hydrogen peroxide gel to remove stains and can be completed in one visit to our office.
Other Causes of Discoloration and Other Treatments
Tooth discoloration is not always the result of staining. Therefore, bleaching procedures are not the answer for everyone. There are several diseases, treatments, and medications that are known to contribute to permanent discoloration. Some antibiotics cause tooth discoloration in children whose teeth are still developing. Various antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and antihypertensive drugs have also been shown to cause varying degrees of discoloration.
Normal wear and tear will also cause your teeth to become discolored as you age. This occurs as the white, outer enamel of your teeth wears down, exposing the yellow-colored dentin that lies beneath the enamel.
The best methods of treating these forms of discoloration include:
Porcelain provides the added benefit of being highly resistant to staining. Your teeth may benefit from a combination of tooth whitening and porcelain treatments. At your consultation, Dr. Firouzi will discuss the appropriate treatment plan for you.