How to Fix Stained Teeth Portland, OR
Do you have black or brown stains on your teeth? Are your teeth yellow and discolored?
Stained teeth can be a normal part of aging or linked to your genetics. But they can also be signs of an underlying issue or caused by the medications that you take.
If you’re unhappy with the color of your teeth, contact our Portland team today. We’ll examine your dental health, diagnose the problem, and facilitate a treatment plan that meets your needs and your aesthetic goals.
There’s no reason to live with a smile you don’t love!
Why teeth whitening strips won’t work for you
If you have stained teeth, you’ve probably tried store-bought whitening kits or whitening toothpaste. While these treatments can be effective for treating minor discoloration, more often the result is disappointing and temporary at best.
First, store-bought whitening solutions aren’t as strong as professional options. This is meant to keep people from accidentally hurting their teeth or gums, but even that isn’t always possible. Improper use of over-the-counter whitening products often causes a lot of tooth sensitivity, pain, or even enamel erosion.
Additionally, store-bought whitening is only effective for surface (extrinsic) stains. If the discoloration is deep in your tooth, you won’t get the results you want and could be ignoring a bigger issue.
Types of tooth staining
This type of discoloration is usually superficial and appears yellow and spread out over the entire tooth. Extrinsic stains are usually caused by smoking or eating dark-colored food or beverages like wine, coffee, and soda.
This type of tooth discoloration is not usually spread out over an entire tooth. Instead, it appears as small and very dark or very light stains. Intrinsic stains are much deeper in your tooth and are often caused by medication, fluoride overexposure, demineralization, disease, or enamel loss.
Diagnosing your tooth discoloration
The first step for treating any dental concern is an accurate diagnosis. It’s important to understand what kind of tooth staining you’re dealing with. If you have extrinsic stains, we may recommend a professional teeth whitening treatment. If you’re dealing with intrinsic staining (or a combination of both), our team will utilize the latest diagnostic tools to investigate and determine the underlying cause and most effective treatment.
It’s also possible that you have a “dead tooth” — this typically happens after extensive trauma or after a root canal and can make your tooth appear dark and discolored. In this case, we may recommend internal root bleaching or a tooth replacement.
Whatever the cause, we take a completely personalized and interdisciplinary team approach to our care here at Advanced Dentistry. Combining a group of prosthodontists, periodontists, and other specialists, we can help you achieve the aesthetically beautiful, healthy smile you deserve no matter your diagnosis.
How to fix stained teeth
Professional teeth whitening is the safe and effective way to fix extrinsic stains, restoring some of the luster of your smile that’s been dimmed by years of eating and drinking enamel-staining foods and beverages.
Made from natural tooth-colored materials, a porcelain veneer is a durable, thin shell that perfectly fits over your tooth and restores the color and overall appearance of your smile.
A dental crown acts as a "cap" and covers the discolored, damaged tooth restoring its normal aesthetics. Crowns are also designed to strengthen your tooth, helping ensure your smile is functional for years!
If your discoloration is caused by extensive decay and damage, in some cases replacing the tooth might be the best solution. A dental implant is made from titanium and other biocompatible materials and designed to restore your smile.
A brighter, better smile is possible
Drs. Halmos, Manning, and Redmond are recognized experts on improving the appearance of your smile. Our team takes a comprehensive approach to your care, working hand-in-hand with experts in their fields to provide a seamless treatment experience.
Taking this all-encompassing and personalized approach, we ensure we do more than just brighten your smile — we also get to the root of the issue and help you get on a path to long-term oral health.
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