Teeth discoloration can make our patients feel self-conscious when socializing, eating, or even smiling in public. If you value your smile and worry about it incessantly, you may struggle to clean and whiten your teeth. Unfortunately, regular brushing cannot help with discolored teeth, because the stains are located deep in the enamel. If you have discolored teeth, you should talk to our professionals about the different ways available to restore your teeth’s natural beauty. At Atlantic Dentistry, we offer reliable and proven teeth whitening services. Our experience and state-of-the-art facilities are all you need to get your teeth back to their original beauty.
What Causes Teeth Discoloration?
Most people who suffer from discoloration fail to understand the main cause. It is common for teeth to get stained even if you do not expose them to any harmful substances. It is a popular misconception that smoking is the main cause of discoloration. In reality, there are many causes of tooth staining. There are three main types of discoloration issues our office will treat. When you visit us, we will evaluate your teeth and discuss the type of discoloration you suffer from. Extrinsic discoloration is the most common type and it occurs in almost all people over time. This type of discoloration is caused by foods and drinks which stain the outer layer of the tooth enamel. Wine, coffee, and soda can all cause this to happen.
Besides extrinsic discoloration, you may also suffer from intrinsic discoloration, where the inner structure of the tooth is darkened and stained. Intrinsic discoloration is caused by exposure to excess fluoride during early childhood and smoking in adulthood. If a mother uses excessive tetracycline antibiotics during the second or third trimester of pregnancy, the child is likely to suffer from intrinsic discoloration too.
While discoloration might occur due to the foods consumed, and exposure to drugs or smoking, it can also occur due to aging. As people age, teeth naturally start losing their glow and shine. It is normal for people above the age of sixty to have discolored teeth, even if they stay away from foods that could potentially stain their tooth enamel.
Is Teeth Whitening Painful?
Teeth whitening is not as painful as most patients think. In some individuals, the process might be irritating since the mouth has to remain open for a long period of time to complete the procedure. If you suffer from inflamed gums, tooth decay, or oral disease, our dentists may not clean your teeth if those conditions are serious. If they are moderate, they can continue and finish whitening your teeth. When you come to us, we will examine your teeth, and provide possible treatment for any other conditions to eliminate the possibility of subsequent discomfort or the need for further dental procedures.
If you would like a whitening for your stained teeth, we have the solution for you. At Atlantic Dentistry, we offer professional teeth whitening services at affordable prices. Talk to us for consultations or to book your teeth whitening procedure.