Discoloration of the teeth is caused by “normal wear and tear” during your lifetime. Some factors that exacerbate the condition are:
- Foods and drinks such as: coffee, teas, colas, wines, and certain fruits and vegetables
- Tobacco: Smoking can turn teeth yellow
- Poor dental hygiene: Neglecting to brush or floss
- Disease: For example, head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, and certain infections contracted during pregnancy
- Environment: Excessive fluoride levels in water, for example
Treatment for Discolored Teeth
Often times, a thorough cleaning can remove or dramatically reduce most external stains on teeth. There are several over-the-counter at home treatments to whiten teeth, but for dramatic stains that have been present for a long time, professional treatment may be needed.
To complete the teeth whitening process in one sitting (less than 1 hour) you may want to consider Zoom Whitening. Zoom Whitening is an excellent option for most patients and can deliver results up to 8 shades lighter. Zoom Whitening uses a hydrogen-peroxide whitening gel, which is applied to the teeth in three 15 minute sessions. When activated by the Zoom light, the bleaching gel breaks up stains to reduce or eliminate discoloration.
Make Teeth Whitening Last
Teeth whitening is not permanent, but with proper care and maintenance, the results may be long lasting. Caution must be taken to avoid foods, beverages, or habits that contribute to discoloration. At home treatment for touch ups can help to keep your teeth looking white and bright.
Schedule a Consultation
Many people think stained, yellow or discolored teeth are a normal part of life. But with simple teeth whitening procedures you can experience a white, glowing smile. Call Dr. Sheen of Annapolis today to schedule a consultation and determine what method is best for you.