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What Causes Teeth Staining?

A bright, beautiful smile can help boost an individual’s self-confidence, while cosmetic dental concerns can dampen one’s self-esteem. Even when a strong dental hygiene routine is in place, tooth stains and discoloration that sets in over time are common issues many people experience, with potential causes including:

  • Regular consumption of dark berries, acidic fruits, sweets, and other foods with staining agents
  • Regular consumption of coffee, wine, dark-colored soda, and tea
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • The natural aging process

Patients who have stained and discolored teeth may benefit from treatments such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Teeth whitening can address mild to moderate stains on the tooth enamel and lighten the teeth by several shades. At True Dentistry, our dentists offer multiple whitening treatments and approaches, including:

  • In-Office Opalescence® Boost Teeth Whitening System – This prescription-strength teeth whitening procedure utilizes 38% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to penetrate tooth enamel and whiten teeth, as well as a fluoride solution to strengthen the enamel and combat tooth sensitivity. The process can be both safe and quick when performed by a qualified dentist.
  • At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits – This method allows patients to treat discoloration from the comfort of their own home. Whitening trays are custom-made and hold the treatment’s Opalescence® gel. The type of Opalescence® formula will be decided on by our dentists based on individual needs, and the duration and frequency of wear will depend on the severity of stains.

On the other hand, porcelain veneers can also be an ideal option to address tooth discoloration. This popular treatment may be recommended in cases of particularly deep and severe stains. Veneers are custom-made restorations designed to conceal prominent stains and discoloration with results that look natural. They can also improve signs of cracks, chips, and misalignment. Durable bonding material adheres the veneer to the front and sides of the tooth to create a whiter-looking smile and results that may last for decades with the proper care.

For more information on treating teeth stains, contact our office with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.