Stained teeth aren’t necessarily bad teeth — you can have totally healthy teeth that are simply yellow. But many people want that pearly white smile that they see in ads. If you have tooth stains, you should contact our dentist to discuss your options. You can find a way to turn those teeth into a winning smile.
The most obvious treatment for teeth that are discolored — when the entire tooth is a shade of yellow or brown, as opposed to being white with a discolored spot — is classic tooth whitening. The in-office treatments for tooth whitening are fast and convenient, but the at-home treatments are also convenient for people who can’t take much time off work for a dental appointment. These treatments can whiten your teeth by several shades.
For the best results, follow all of our dentist’s instructions after the procedure is done. You may need to be careful about what you eat and drink after an in-office procedure. You may need to monitor your tooth color closely if you use an at-home system.
If you’ve got one or two problem teeth, bonding might be your best bet to address the tooth stains. A tooth-colored resin is added to the front of the tooth, covering up stains. You may need to have additional treatment prior to the bonding; for example, if you have a stain due to decay that is almost through the enamel, you may need that addressed, though that is not all that common. If you have a craze line in a tooth, bonding is a perfect solution. The bonding material can be configured to match the color of your other teeth.
If you’re interested in addressing your tooth stains, make an appointment at the office of Larry Saylor, DMD in Brandon. Our staff will go over all of the options you have to take care of tooth stains and discolorations. Contact us today to book your initial consultation!