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Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

That daily cup of coffee, cola, wine, berries, some medications, tobacco use and aging … these are just a few of the reasons why teeth may have become stained. Your cosmetic dentist can offer several treatment options to fit your needs, timeline, and budgetary guidelines.

Extrinsic stains are those on the surface of the teeth. They are mostly impacted by diet and lifestyle. Tobacco use can cast a yellow discoloration on the teeth while dark beverages can make teeth take on a grey appearance. But your teeth can be whitened up to eight shades in one visit with the aid of Zoom! in-office teeth whitening.

A trained whitening specialist will prepare you for your session by protecting the soft tissues of the mouth and gums. The most advanced whitening aid available is applied to your teeth and enhanced by the use of a laser or curing light. In one brief appointment, Zoom! whitening will give you a Hollywood smile that is safe, long lasting, and now can even strengthen your tooth enamel. 

Tobacco use can cast a yellow discoloration on the teeth while dark beverages can make teeth take on a grey appearance.

These are results that can’t compare to over the counter kits that do not offer professional advice and administration, and produce little, if any, whitening benefit.

Intrinsic stains are a little more complex. Medication or over-fluoridation can produce uneven tooth coloring or spots on teeth. Although whitening may help, some cases may require more extensive treatment. In these cases, your cosmetic dentist may recommend dental veneers.

A veneer is a very thin, shell like covering that is fabricated to match the surrounding teeth. The veneer is permanently cemented to the front of teeth that are damaged or stained.

Benefits of dental veneers include:

• Very little of the tooth’s enamel is removed making this one of the least invasive cosmetic options available.

• Veneers can treat more than just dental stain: chipped teeth, spaces between teeth, misshapen or uneven teeth can all be repaired with veneers.

• Treated teeth enjoy added strength.

• Treatment is undetectable as the dental professional has worked with the dental lab to fabricate the perfect match to surrounding, untreated teeth.

Hiding your smile due to dental imperfections is easily diagnosed and treatable. A bright new smile can be achieved in as little as one visit. See how a consultation with our team of cosmetic dentists at Ora Dental Studio can improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence. Call 312-491-9474 to schedule an appointment today.