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Tooth Discoloration

Tooth Discoloration Illustration

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. However, over time your smile can lose some of its natural brightness and your teeth can become discolored. This may cause you to try and hide your smile, making you seem less happy, friendly, and open than you truly are. Luckily, Kenneth Hill, DDS offers several different teeth whitening treatments that can be applied in just a few minutes either in our office, or at home. There’s no need to settle for a smile that is less than your brightest; professional teeth whitening can restore your smile to its natural brilliance.

What causes tooth discoloration?

As you age the dentin in your teeth can become depleted, making your teeth appear less white and bright. Other common causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Eating and drinking – coffee, tea, wine, and even some fruit juices can stain your teeth, making them appear dull.
  • Antibiotics – use of medications such as tetracycline can dull the whiteness of your teeth.
  • Overuse of fluoride – while fluoride is good for your teeth in the proper amounts, too much fluoride can cause your teeth to become discolored.
  • Smoking
  • Oral Trauma
  • Root Canal

How do teeth whitening treatments remove stains?

Teeth whitening works by removing the stains that are trapped in the thin coating over your tooth enamel, as well as from the pores in the enamel itself. During a whitening treatment, your dentist will provide you with a special whitening solution that has been placed in a mouth guard. This solution is far more powerful than those that you will receive over-the-counter and will provide you with much faster and more noticeable results. Over-the-counter medications and whitening toothpaste also cannot reach into the pores of your tooth enamel to remove the set-in stains that can occur there. In some cases, such as oral trauma or discoloration due to a root canal, your dentist may need to use other measures to properly whiten your teeth. In these cases, a bleaching agent will be injected into the tooth itself in order to lighten the tooth’s color and bring it closer to the shade of your natural teeth.

Are teeth whitening treatments permanent?

Unfortunately, teeth whitening treatments are not a permanent solution to tooth discoloration. If you continue eating foods and drinking beverages that are known to stain teeth, they will become discolored again. Maintaining your smile’s brightness will require you to continue with good oral hygiene practices. You will also need to continue a regular schedule of appointments with your dentist for cleanings and checkups.

If your smile is no longer as white as it once was and you would like to be able to show off a bright, white, beautiful smile once more the experienced professionals at Kenneth Hill, DDS can help. Whether you prefer Boost Whitening, KOR whitening or need a more complicated treatment, our staff can help. Call us today at (702) 897-7267 for a consultation. We will help you achieve the bright white smile that you have always dreamed of.