What causes my teeth to look discolored?
Are your teeth yellow, or do you have brown or dark splotches on your teeth? Tooth discoloration can be caused by a number of different things. While some tooth discoloration is associated with lifestyle habits, others form from trauma, medications, or over fluoridation.
Treatment for whitening discolored teeth will vary depending on the cause of tooth discoloration. Our Beaufort SC dentists can help to determine the cause of your tooth discoloration and provide suitable solutions for improving the appearance of your smile.
Causes & Treatments for Tooth Discoloration
- Yellow Stained Teeth- Yellow teeth are the most common form of tooth discoloration. As patients age, the enamel of their teeth gradually erodes. As the tooth enamel wears away the dentin becomes exposed. Dentin is the inner layer of tooth material that is naturally yellow in color. Certain lifestyle factors can accelerate the yellowing of teeth. Drinking red wine and coffee, smoking, or a diet high in sugar also discolor teeth. Discoloration due to aging or diet can often be resolved with professional teeth whitening kits or an in-office whitening treatment. Professional whitening gels help reduce tooth sensitivity and provide quick, beautiful results, whitening teeth up to 8 shades in a single treatment.
- Dark Spots- Dark or brown spots on teeth are a product of a trauma to the tooth. An accident or injury can leave behind a dark spot on the tooth’s surface. There are also certain antibiotics that cause dark spots to form on the teeth. You should always let your dentist know about any medications you may be taking so that you are able to receive the appropriate treatment. Dark spots caused by an injury or medication may require tooth bonding or porcelain veneers to cover the discoloration. These types of stains tend to be resistant to professional teeth whitening gels.
- White Spots- Many patients have small, ultra bright spots on some of their teeth. These bright white spots are typically caused by an overexposure to fluoride during the development of the teeth. Depending on the extent of white spots, tooth bonding, veneers or teeth whitening gels can be used to even out the color of the smile.
Treatment Options for Discolored Teeth
Whitening your teeth can help improve the appearance of your teeth and boost your self-confidence. A whiter brighter smile is often perceived as friendlier and more attractive. If you are unhappy with the color and appearance of your smile be sure to discuss your concerns with your dentist at your next dental appointment.
While yellow or stained teeth can be quickly treated with an in-office teeth whitening procedure, trauma or discoloration caused by medications may require more advanced cosmetic treatment. Your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers or a dental crown to create a more balanced and aesthetic smile.
Teeth whitening can take years off the appearance of your smile, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Teeth whitening can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic treatments for a total smile makeover.
Request a Teeth Whitening Consultation
Do you wish your smile was whiter and brighter? Contact Lowcountry Family Dentistry. We welcome new patients from the greater Beaufort, SC area, including Lady’s Island, Port Royal, St. Helena Island, Fripp Island, and Harbor Island. To request your smile makeover consultation contact our office at (843) 986-0177 or request your consultation using our online form.