Tooth discoloration is a common problems that affects many adults. If your teeth are yellowed or discolored, you may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about your smile. However, this does not have to be the case. Today, there are several good options for treating tooth discoloration. Your dentist can help you decide which method is best suited for your particular case.
There are many factors that can cause tooth discoloration. It is important to be aware of these factors so you can make any necessary lifestyle changes to prevent your teeth from becoming discolored. However, some factors such as trauma to your teeth cannot be controlled. Here is a list of some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration:
Foods/drinks – beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine and foods such as berries can cause tooth discoloration
Tobacco use – smoking cigarettes, cigars or using smokeless tobacco can also cause your teeth to become discolored and make it more difficult to treat the discoloration
Poor dental hygiene – inadequate brushing and flossing allows plaque and other bacteria to form on your teeth and can cause discoloration
Advancing age – as we age, our teeth naturally become more dull and yellowed
Medications – antibiotics such as Tetracyline and Doxycycline can cause tooth discoloration if they are given to children when their teeth are still developing
Trauma – trauma to a tooth can cause root damage and result in a darkening of the tooth
These are just some of the most common causes for tooth discoloration. So what can be done to treat tooth discoloration? There are several cosmetic dental procedures that can be used including teeth whitening or bleaching, tooth colored crowns and fillings, deep dental cleanings and porcelain veneers. Your options for treating tooth discoloration will depend on both the cause and the severity of the discoloration.
Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is pleased to offer a wide variety of advanced cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and tooth colored crowns and fillings. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to tooth discoloration, call our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Scott.
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