If you have tooth discoloration don’t let it ruin your smile or your teeth. There are many substances that can cause spots, yellowing or tooth discoloration. They include coffee, sport drinks, soda, wine, tomato based products, smoking and chewing tobacco. Some medical conditions, medications and cancer treatments can also cause teeth to lose their shine. Age, genetics and poor dental hygiene also play a role in the color of your teeth.
There are two different types of tooth discoloration;
Extrinsic – This occurs in the outer layer of the tooth in the enamel. Stains can vary from streaks to spots and pits. General whitening products can work on extrinsic staining.
Intrinsic – This occurs in the inner structure of the tooth, in the dentin. Stains can leave a yellow or gray tint. General whitening products will not help with intrinsic staining and veneers may be necessary to get the white smile you desire.
Schedule Regular Cleanings
Preventative maintenance is an excellent way to keep your teeth white. Visiting Arena Family Dental in Worcester and getting your teeth cleaned every six months is a great start. Regular appointments ensure your dentist notices any issues and regular cleanings and checks by the dental hygienist make sure all plaque is removed.
What can you do to keep your teeth white?
- Brush and floss regularly.
- Avoid food and beverages that cause staining.
- Use over-the-counter whitening products.
- Visit Arena Family Dental in Worcester and learn about our whitening treatments.
You Have Options!
Treatment options for discolored teeth will be determined by a dentist. Once an oral health evaluation is completed the dentist can inform you of your options. Sometimes other dental work such as gum disease or tooth decay may need to be treated prior to the whitening options. Make an appointment at Arena Family Dental in Worcester today and be one step closer to that amazing smile you’ve dreamed of.