Cosmetic Dental Procedures
And Teeth Stains

Teeth stains are tricky. Stains on your clothing are unattractive, but you can cover or wash them. Having teeth stains, however, can make life more difficult.

Teeth stains

No one wants to appear in public with teeth that are far from perfect. Yellow stains, chips and food stuck in the teeth are all positively to be avoided.

Celebrities are not the only ones who seek to impress. In fact, everyone wants that perfect smile.

They want to be able to smile as wide as Michael Jackson and show perfect canines. They want to be able to light up the sky with their smile.

Children, adolescents and adults are all on the hunt for nice - no make that great looking teeth.

The cult of the celebrity and societal pressure ensures we find a perfect smile necessary.

Smiles are part of who we are. They also indicate who we can be to that "certain someone."

A smile is associated with improved social relationships and a better chance at making it in the workplace.

Self-confidence comes through being able to smile without discoloration or dental stains. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry makes the process much easier for everyone.

Causes Of Stained Teeth

You should know the basic origin of teeth stains and if you can address it through natural means. Common causes include:

  • Poor oral hygiene – Failure to brush teeth adequately can cause stains and discoloration. If instituted soon enough, this type of stain may be reversed
  • Age – growing older affects the color of your teeth. They become yellow or brown
  • Genetics – you may be born with teeth that are susceptible to staining
  • Food and Drink – pop, sugars, coffee, chocolate, red wine and berries are among the foods that can stain your teeth
  • Substances – nicotine and caffeine can make teeth yellow
  • Trauma – These can damage the root causing decay

Understanding the causal factors will help you understand what kinds of stains are affecting your teeth and the potential remedies.

Types of Stains Affecting Teeth

Before you consider cosmetic dental procedures, it is essential to understand what kinds of stains are affecting your teeth. The three basic kinds of stains affecting teeth are:

  • Superficial stains – These are only surface stains. Proper oral hygiene will remove them
  • Embedded stains – These have sunk into the tooth. They will require more than brushing
  • Structural stains – These stains are genetic or result from early tooth development. Some discoloration actually stems from the ingestion of a specific antibiotic – tetracycline, during teeth formation.

Cosmetic Dental solutions For Stained Teeth

The traditional solution for stained teeth is proper oral hygiene. This can work on natural teeth. (It is also recommended as part of the upkeep for false teeth and even porcelain veneers teeth.)

This may not prove to be sufficient. If stains prove more stubborn, you should see a dentist or dental hygienist. He or she can address the situation with a thorough teeth cleaning. The result will be clean teeth and a whiter smile.

If the stains are embedded or structural, cosmetic dental procedures can help. Among the most popular is tooth whitening.

Tooth whitening or bleaching can removes stains from teeth. Depending upon the process, at-home whitening kits or in-office treatments can bleach out stains. This will result in white teeth.

Yet, bleaching may not be enough. Stain removal may require drastic measures. Such approaches include dental surgery. Among the choices for achieving white teeth are:

  • Veneers – A dentist will place these over natural teeth providing them with a new clean, white surface
  • Implants – These replacement teeth are also white and natural looking
  • Artificial teeth – As a last resort, the removal of teeth and the insertion of a full or partial denture will remove stained teeth
  • Crowns – These cap existing teeth or act as part of an implant. As a result, the teeth receive a new surface

Finding A Solution

The ability for us to keep our teeth white depends upon several factors, including genetics.

Removing teeth stains to capture the whiter, brighter smile means understanding the causes. (If you experience oral health issues such as dry mouth, learn about treatments here.)

It also means being able to identify the type of stains. With this knowledge in hand, we can address the problem through proper oral hygiene or cosmetic dental procedures.

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