It seems everyone wants a whiter, brighter smile. But tooth discoloration caused by lifestyle choices or poor dental habits can make that harder to achieve. Discolored teeth can make you feel embarrassed and even make you not want to smile. There is a solution, though. Teeth whitening, whether it be at home or professionally done, is a way to help fight discoloration in your teeth. It is a safe and effective way to get that brilliant smile you’ve been waiting for.
For more information on whitening your stained teeth, contact Wambaugh Dental at 844.508.1034.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by a variety of factors, from poor lifestyle habits to bad home dental care. Here are a few reasons why your teeth may be discolored:
- You drink coffee or tea regularly. These drinks are notorious for staining teeth.
- You use tobacco products. Any tobacco product, from cigarettes to chewing tobacco, can stain teeth.
- You don’t practice good dental hygiene. If you’re not flossing once a day and brushing twice a day, your teeth can easily become discolored from plaque and food stains.
- You take certain medications. Some antibiotics can cause stained teeth.
- You are getting older. As you age, your enamel weakens, making your teeth look yellower than they did when you were younger.
These are not all of the reasons you may be experiencing tooth discoloration, but they are some of the most common.
How Do I Treat Tooth Discoloration?
There are two main types of treatment for stained teeth: at-home and professional treatments. At-home treatments are generally less expensive but may take longer to yield the results you would like. Professional whitening treatments may be more effective more quickly, but they can also come with a decent price tag, making them cost-prohibitive for some people.
Here are the types of professional whitening treatments:
- Hydrogen peroxide whitening treatments. These can be used with or without a special light that accelerates the whitening process.
- Dental bonding. This is a procedure in which your dentist will apply a substance known as white resin to your teeth and will use a special hardening light to “set” the resin, making your teeth look whiter.
- Dental crowns. You may be associating these with root canals (which is accurate), but your dentist can customize the color of your crown to make it look whiter.
- Dental veneers. These are custom-made shells created from porcelain that are placed over the front of your teeth to whiten your smile. Beware, though—these are fragile, and dentists recommend not biting into hard food if you have veneers on your front teeth.
Does Natural Teeth Whitening Work?
The general consensus is no, unfortunately. Products like activated charcoal or techniques like oil pulling do not help whiten your teeth or prevent tooth discoloration. Fruit may be tasty, but the citric acid from it doesn’t exactly help whiten your teeth. Finally, a paste made of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can actually harm your teeth, so avoid using that, either.
However, there are some at-home tips you can try to prevent tooth discoloration, such as maintaining good dental hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, using a whitening toothpaste that’s ADA-approved, and quitting smoking.
To Treat Stained Teeth, Call Wambaugh Dental Today
If you are dealing with discolored or yellow-looking teeth, you are not alone, and there is help available. At Wambaugh Dental, we offer professional teeth whitening that goes above and beyond at-home care, so your teeth will be brighter and whiter in as little as a few weeks. Our team of dentists and dental hygienists are professional, compassionate, and understanding about the embarrassment caused by tooth discoloration. They will work hard to get your teeth to a brighter shade. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 844.508.1034.