February 28, 2018
Everyone wants to have a bright, white smile. However, while the teeth often erupt nice and white, certain issues can cause them to darken. There are several factors that can influence the darkening of the enamel, some of which are preventable while others are not. No matter the reason behind your discolored smile, your cosmetic dentist in Coral Gables can help reverse the appearance of stains.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Although many tend to believe that all tooth discoloration is the same, it is not. There are two different types of staining: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic tooth discoloration occurs when the stains are on the surface of the enamel, such as those caused by foods or smoking. These are preventable and reversible. Intrinsic stains are a little more difficult to treat because they occur from within the tooth’s structure, such as due to enamel hypoplasia, fluorosis, or medications.
Extrinsic Tooth Discoloration
As you age, your teeth will naturally become darker, which is also influenced by genetics and lifestyle factors. Over time, your enamel becomes thinner, making them more prone to discoloration from foods, drinks, poor oral hygiene, and tobacco use. Often, the teeth will take on a brown or yellow appearance.
When this type of gradual staining occurs, it can usually be improved with a professional whitening treatment from your dentist in Coral Gables. With the right aftercare, future discoloration can be avoided to keep your smile bright.
Intrinsic Tooth Discoloration
Intrinsic tooth discoloration is often unavoidable, causing the teeth to appear gray, yellow, black, or even purple. In some cases, the stains can be white, like those caused by fluorosis. These tend to be more difficult to treat because they are not caused by controllable factors.
The stains can be caused by various issues, such as:
- Too much fluoride
- Trauma to the tooth
- Dentinogenesis imperfecta
- Enamel hypoplasia
Although the stains can be difficult to remove, it is not impossible. After determining the underlying cause of the discoloration, a professional whitening treatment, such as KoR whitening system, may be effective in reducing their appearance. However, it that is not an option, cosmetic procedures, like veneers, crowns, or cosmetic bonding can help to cover them to brighten your smile.
Get a Bright Smile Today
If you are among those who are displeased with dark, discolored teeth, you can revitalize their appearance with simple and effective cosmetic procedures. After performing an initial smile consultation, Dr. Bushdid will find the cause of the issue to create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your dream smile.
About Dr. Jose A. Bushdid
Dr. Jose A. Bushdid received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. In addition, he has completed extensive advanced education in many areas of specialty, including cosmetic dentistry. Due to his in-depth knowledge about oral health and development, he can provide customized solutions to treat both extrinsic and intrinsic stains. If you are ready to achieve a brighter smile, contact Bushdid Smiles today to schedule a consultation.
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