Dull or discolored teeth can be unattractive, adding unfair years to your appearance. There are many causes of tooth discoloration. Fortunately, there are also many available solutions to rejuvenate the teeth and your smile. Dr. Nicholas Kemp, your cosmetic dentist in Toronto, has the knowledge and resources to create a smile that also restores your confidence. [pullquote]Among the most commonly used treatments in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and veneers may be the most versatile and most commonly recommended.[/pullquote]
Among the most commonly used treatments in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and veneers may be the most versatile and most commonly recommended. Identifying the cause of your dull or discolored enamel can help your dentist to recommend the appropriate cosmetic solution.
Beverages. Coffee, hot and cold teas, and red wines are common contributors to external or extrinsic stains on enamel.
Foods. Frequent consumption of whole grains, deeply pigmented fruits, certain nuts, and certain medications can also cause stain on the outer surface of the enamel.
Smoking. In addition to the other well-known health effects of smoking, the high levels of tar and nicotine found in cigarettes can leave an unpleasant residue on the teeth. The sticky residue is difficult to remove with brushing and flossing, and can quickly cause significant staining of the enamel.
Abrasive toothpastes. A low level of abrasiveness is necessary to polish away plaque and stains, but a paste that is too abrasive can damage the enamel. The result? Duller and thinner enamel that reveals the naturally yellowish dentin layer underneath.
Poor oral hygiene. Failing to properly remove plaque and food debris at least three times each day can lead to unattractive staining. Plaque accumulation also causes decalcification, a process in which minerals are leached from the enamel. Decalcification can be observed as chalky white or brown spots on the teeth which are also more susceptible to decay.
Old restorations. Old composite bonding, amalgam or silver fillings, and worn crowns or veneers can cause your smile to appear dull or discolored. Although most dental work can be expected to last many years, it is not uncommon for some restorations to wear out. In these instances, it is acceptable restore these areas, both for cosmetic and functional purposes.
Consult Dr. Kemp today for a recommendation on how to address dull or discolored teeth.