Add a Little Sparkle to Your Summer Smile!

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Wanting to make that summer tan of yours a little darker? One way to accomplish that and avoid more UV rays is to bleach your teeth, for more contrast! There are many reasons for your teeth to become discolored or stained, most of them you can control, a few you cannot. The following is a short list of causes and cures.

1.       Drinks-Coffee and tea are the most common culprits causing staining of the teeth. Try to avoid sipping on these drinks over prolonged periods of time and try rinsing with water afterwards. This stain can be removed with regular cleanings and professional whitening treatments.

2.       Smoking/Tobacco-Smoking and chewing tobacco can have a negative effect on tooth color, gingival health, and breath. Of course, the best solution to this problem is to never start smoking or try to quit if you already do. Most of the sticky, tar-like tobacco stain can be removed during cleanings and whitening treatments can help minimize the yellowish color caused by the smoking.

3.       Dental restorations-Old silver fillings (amalgam) can tend to break down around the margins (edges) over time and can sometimes show through the enamel making the tooth look dark and gray. These restorations can be replaced with tooth colored restorations (composites) to reverse this effect.

4.       Age-Unfortunately, as we get older the outer, white layer of enamel tends to wear thin, causing the teeth to look more yellow. Porcelain veneers or dental bonding can help replace the missing outer later and restore that youthful glow.

5.       Chemicals and Medications-During tooth development as a child, certain antibiotics such as tetracycline or excess ingestion of fluoride can cause permanent tooth staining. This type of stain cannot be removed with a cleaning or bleaching; porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding can be used to cover up the facial aspect of the tooth and give them a new face.

 

As always, genetics can also play a role in changing tooth colors. To keep your smile brighter and whiter, come in for regular prophylaxis cleanings and ask us about cosmetic options. Summer is the best time to give that smile a little sparkle, giving you that fresh “vacation” look!

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