Article published by : Henry M Cook on Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Viewed 545 times

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Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions for Stained Teeth



Teeth stains can make a smile look unattractive. Even the slightest discolouration can instantly make a smile look unsightly, especially when the stain is in a highly visible location when the mouth is opened, or when one smiles. Teeth discolouration can be caused by a variety of factors, including items found in one’s diet. Regular or heavy consumption of tea, coffee, or soda can leave dark stains on the surface of teeth, in much the same way as eating teeth-staining foods (such as berries) does. Smoking can cause the teeth to take on a darker or yellow hue, since the nicotine found in cigarettes can harm the teeth with stains that are difficult to remove. Tooth decay, as well as poor oral hygiene, can also result to stained teeth problems.

Teeth discolouration can be solved with cosmetic dentistry treatments, which aim to improve the aesthetics of a smile. One of the treatments used to address teeth stains is teeth whitening. This involves the application of a specially formulated solution to the surface of teeth to remove the stains. Teeth whitening treatments done in-office can improve the whiteness of teeth by a few shades, with the treatment time lasting for only an hour or so. The treatment is safe, since it is monitored by the dentist inside the dental clinic. There are also teeth whitening kits which can be used in the privacy of one’s home. The formulation of the whitening solution can be adjusted accordingly by the dentist to suit the patient’s comfort level. However, home whitening kits generally take a much longer time to produce the desired whitening results, compared to the treatment done by the dentist in-office. In some cases, teeth are whitened only by a few shades even with a longer treatment period when home whitening kits are used.

If a teeth whitening treatment does not successfully remove teeth stains, veneers can be used to improve the appearance of the smile. Veneers are extremely thin porcelain shells which are used in cosmetic dentistry to make the smile more attractive. The veneers are placed on the front portion of the affected tooth to cover the discolouration. These porcelain shells can be created to very closely resemble the rest of the teeth, so that the veneers treatment can be done without disrupting the appearance of the smile. As a result, the smile looks very natural, even after the veneers have been placed to cover the teeth stains.

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