Stained Teeth Treatment In Phoenix & Ahwatukee, AZ
Symptoms, Causes, Prevention & Treatment
Stained teeth are discolored teeth. All of the teeth can be discolored or only a number of teeth may be discolored. Tooth discoloration is very common, but there are treatments available. Here’s what causes teeth to become stained, prevention tips, treatments and when you should see a cosmetic dentist.
Beverages are among the most common causes of tooth discoloration. Red wine, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and colas can cause staining. Potatoes, pasta and other types of starchy foods can lead to tooth discoloration. Tobacco is another major risk factor. If you smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco regularly, then your teeth will be prone to staining.
Poor dental hygiene can cause tooth discoloration. Many people don’t brush their teeth as much as they should or they don’t do it properly, which increases the risk of staining. By not brushing and flossing regularly, stains will just buildup on the teeth.
Certain diseases and treatments for diseases can discolor teeth. Medications such as Doxycycline and Tetracycline can, too. Staining can also be caused by over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines.
Trauma can cause discoloration to teeth. Even minor trauma can cause a tooth or several teeth to become discolored.
There are a few things you can do to prevent tooth discoloration. Brushing your teeth regularly and doing it properly is an effective preventative measure. Ideally, you want to brush your teeth after every meal and for at least 2-3 minutes.
If you don’t want to cutback or quit drinking sugary beverages, then use a straw when you drink them. The same goes for your coffee, tea or any other type of beverage.
Use antibacterial mouthwash at least once per day. This will get rid of germs and bacteria that would otherwise cause staining. It’s important to note that mouthwash should not substitute brushing your teeth.
Generally speaking, you should see your dentist every six months. A dentist will give you an oral checkup, as well as thoroughly clean your teeth.
To sum up the above, preventative measures include:
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The reason why your teeth are stained and how discolored they are plays a major role in which treatment option you should use. Generally speaking, you can use teeth whitening products. There are teeth whitening mouthwashes and toothpastes you can use. It may take weeks before you notice a difference. It can take even longer for you to see a big improvement.
Avoid foods or cutback on foods that are high in sugar. Beverages that have sugars should be avoided, too. Soda, sugary juices, chocolate bars, potato chips are among the biggest culprits.
Bonding involves fusing material/materials to areas that are stained. In turn, the teeth will appear whiter. Veneers are thin shells of materials that are used to cover the front of the teeth. The purpose of bonding and veneers is to change a tooth’s shape and/or color.
A cosmetic dentist can perform a number of in-office whitening procedures. One of the most popular procedures is bleaching.
To sum up the above, popular treatment options for stained teeth include:
You’ll want to see a cosmetic dentist because they are experts at removing stains. They can determine what is causing the staining and what the best treatment is for your situation. If you want whiter teeth or you suspect your teeth are stained as a result of trauma or a medical condition, then speak with a cosmetic dentist who can advise you on what you should do.
Anyone can get stained teeth. The previously discussed prevention tips can go a long way, but you should schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist if you’re struggling with removing your stains. A professional will discuss what they can do for you.
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