Do you have yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth? Do you want to brighten your smile by multiple shades?
Stained teeth are a common cosmetic dental problem that can be treated at the Center for Complete Dental Care & Implants. Dr. Frederick Marra is experienced in helping patients improve their smiles, which is why he offers professional teeth whitening treatment, dental veneers, and tooth bonding in his Cohoes, New York dental office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Marra online for professional cosmetic dental treatment or call (518) 650-1930. Learn more about the causes of discolored teeth below.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by multiple factors, including:
Age: Darkening tooth enamel is a natural effect of aging. As we get older, the outer tooth enamel wears away and exposes the darker dentin beneath it. This can cause our teeth to appear discolored.
Medication: Tooth staining can also be caused by certain medications. Tetracycline staining occurs during tooth development in childhood, especially under the age of eight, when tetracycline antibiotics become incorporated into the tooth structure. This medication causes the teeth to appear gray.
Diet: Beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda can cause staining to the teeth. These beverages are pigmented and can contain tannins which easily stain the tooth enamel.
Smoking/Tobacco Use: Smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products can cause tar to buildup on teeth. Over time, smoking and tobacco use can stain the teeth yellow or brown.
How to Treat Tooth Discoloration
If teeth discoloration is a cosmetic dental concern for you, request a consultation with Dr. Marra to discuss your treatment options. Professional teeth whitening treatment, porcelain veneers, and composite tooth bonding can brighten tooth enamel by multiple shades. Feel free to ask Dr. Marra any questions about your treatment and he will be happy to explain each step thoroughly.