Teeth that appear to be yellow, gray, or stained can detract from the natural beauty of your smile and affect your feeling of self-confidence. There is a wide range of reasons for discolored teeth, including:
- Effects of dark 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 the water, for example
- Certain medications and medical conditions
Discolored teeth are one of those common dental concerns that people have but don’t know where to turn for help. Our cosmetic dentist in Annapolis, MD , Dr. Vernon Sheen, has been helping patients achieve a whiter, brighter-looking smile for over 20 years. He will work with you on an individual basis to determine the cause of your tooth stains or discoloration and recommend the most appropriate solution for meeting your cosmetic goals.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Once Dr. Sheen has confirmed that you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, he will discuss your options. We offer both customized take-home kits and an in office Zoom whitening procedure for fast, dramatic results. To complete the Zoom 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 the discoloration.
Other Treatment Options for Discolored Teeth
Although most tooth stains can be effectively treated with our professional teeth whitening, there are certain situations where you may need an alternative treatment option to achieve your expected results. Dr. Sheen can use a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to provide a lasting white smile, including:
Cosmetic tooth bonding: An economical and quick solution to hiding discolored teeth is cosmetic tooth bonding. A tooth colored resin material is applied to the tooth and shaped and polished to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth.
Dental crowns: If your discoloration is severe and cannot be removed with professional whitening, a dental crown is an option. The crown will cover the entire tooth to disguise any imperfections.
Dental veneers: Another option that will completely hide a discolored tooth is dental veneers. A veneers is a thin shell made of high quality ceramic materials that will cover the front and sides of a tooth.
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 Dental Exam & 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.