Esthetic Dentistry

What causes discolored teeth?

There are many possible causes. Trauma to a tooth can cause discoloration. Severe illness during tooth development can discolor areas of teeth because of disruptions in tooth development. Additionally, an entire tooth might discolor if exposed to certain medicines or minerals during development. Lastly, poor oral hygiene, especially during orthodontic therapy, can lead to discolored areas on teeth as well.

How do you restore a discolored tooth to its natural color?
Bleaching can be a good treatment choice. It requires no anesthetic and removes no tooth structure. One or more teeth can be bleached in a series of visits to your pediatric dentist, Or, your dentist may recommend a bleaching program at home or the one-hour Brite Smile Teeth Whitening.

Before resin bonding

After resin bonding

Bonding or Veneer?
Bonding tooth-colored plastic to the tooth or cementing tooth-colored veneers to affected teeth not only restores the appearance of discolored teeth, but restores the original shape of chipped or broken teeth as well. These techniques are less costly than crowns and generally can be done without a lot of tooth preparation. They restore the natural appearance of the tooth and therefore encourage a confident smile.

Are there any limitations to bonding or veneers?
Yes, there are some limitations. Although the treatments are conservative, they require some loss of tooth enamel. Also bonded teeth and veneers are simply not as strong as the original tooth structure. Nail biting, hard foods and sports accidents can damage them. They must be maintained with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

What about microabrasion?
In microabrasion, dentists carefully use a compound on the teeth to remove superficial stains and discolorations.

Before resin bonding

After resin bonding
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