06 Jan What causes dulling and discoloration of teeth?
A smile that is drab or unappealing due to stain or discoloration deserves a smile makeover. Your cosmetic dentist in Dallas has options that can give you a “wow” smile in as little as one hour.
There are many reasons why teeth become dull or stained:
- Consumption of certain foods and beverages can stain teeth.
- Certain medications can result in teeth stains.
- Teeth become dull due to age as well as wear and tear.
- Smoking and tobacco use can discolor teeth.
- Trauma can cause teeth to appear bruised and darkened.
- Over use of fluoride can create a condition called fluorosis which can result in uneven color and spots on teeth.
In-office teeth whitening can offer noticeable improvement in your smile in about one hour. Over the counter whitening pastes and kits can provide some benefit, but these processes can take days or even weeks before you derive any benefit from their use, and generally require consistent use to maintain their effect. [pullquote]With the availability of in-office whitening or dental veneers, a drab or dull smile can become dazzling once again.[/pullquote]
The use of an in-office whitening procedure allows you to see your dull smile transform to dazzling with up to eight shades whiter teeth.
For a more permanent smile makeover, your cosmetic dentist might recommend dental veneers. Veneers are a very thin shell like covering that are made to match the shape and shade of your natural teeth, but are permanently placed on the front of your teeth.
Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin, and can be applied to one or more teeth to cover up flaws such as discoloration. But veneers can also be the answer for chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from your teeth and then permanently apply the veneers.
Veneers are favored by cosmetic dentists as they allow for a total smile makeover, but the procedure is much less invasive than other cosmetic enhancements. You will consult with your cosmetic dentist to discuss the desired result, as veneers allow for the shape and brightness of your new smile to be determined by you.
With the availability of in-office whitening or dental veneers, a drab or dull smile can become dazzling once again. Once your dental makeover is complete, daily flossing and brushing at least twice per day with a toothpaste or gel, along with twice annual visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam, will keep that dazzle for many, many years. Call 972-458-2464 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Philip R. Kozlow.