Discolored teeth are one of the most common problems our patients have. Everyone wants to have a beautiful white smile that they’re ready to show off. There are also many reasons why you may have discolored teeth. This can impact how we treat them.
If you’re suffering from discolored teeth in Northeast Philadelphia, Dr. Drew Shulman can help you get the sparkling smile you dream of. The cause and severity of your discoloration can determine the treatment option that’s best for you.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
For starters, our teeth naturally get more discolored as we age. The layer of enamel starts thinning, showing more of the yellow hue of the dentin underneath. Genetics may also make you more predisposed to tooth discoloration. Certain medications can cause staining of various colors on the teeth.
Our lifestyle habits make a big impact on the color of our teeth. Using tobacco and regularly drinking staining drinks like coffee or tea can discolor your teeth faster. The longer you’ve had these habits, the more staining you’ll experience.
Treating Tooth Discoloration
At our office, we have many ways we can take care of discolored teeth. You’ll have a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Shulman to discuss your budget and assess the discoloration of your teeth. Depending on your situation, Dr. Shulman will recommend one of the following treatment options.
Professional Teeth Whitening
We offer both in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening. In the office, we use the Zoom! teeth whitening system. You can get teeth up to eight shades whiter in about an hour at our office. We will cover your gums before applying the whitening gel to protect your gums. A special light activates the whitening agent in the gel. It’s a great way to get whiter teeth quickly.
At-home teeth whitening is more convenient but is also more gradual. Custom bleaching trays are made from molds of your mouth. You can wear the trays for a few hours each day or while you’re sleeping for convenience. In about two weeks, you’ll see the results of your teeth whitening!
We cannot remove all stains with traditional whitening methods. For these instances, porcelain veneers are available. Veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that go over the front and sides of your teeth. We will customize them to any shade of white you desire for your smile. Veneers are a permanent restoration to last for years to come.
Dental bonding is a more economic way to get the same coverage as veneers. A malleable composite resin is color-matched to the shade you choose. Your dentist will mold it to the shape of your tooth, harden it with a curing light, and polish it to match the natural sheen of teeth. They are a more temporary solution. You should plan on it lasting around three to ten years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth.
Get Treatment for Stained Teeth in Our Dental Office
Professional solutions are far better than over-the-counter kits to treat discolored teeth. Let a trusted professional give you the smile that you’re searching for. Call us or schedule an appointment online today!