Causes of Stained Teeth
Stained teeth, while often seen as a cosmetic concern, can result from an array of factors, both intrinsic (within the tooth) and extrinsic (on the surface of the tooth). Some of the primary contributors include:
Certain foods and drinks are notorious for causing teeth staining. Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-coloured sodas can discolour the teeth over time. Likewise, some foods like berries, tomato sauce, and soy sauce can contribute to surface staining.
Regular smoking or chewing tobacco can leave noticeable stains on your teeth, resulting from the tar and nicotine content.
As we age, the outer enamel gradually wears down, revealing the naturally yellow dentin layer beneath. This intrinsic yellowing combined with years of staining from foods and drinks can make teeth appear more discoloured as we get older.
Dental Hygiene Habits:
Missing brushing or flossing, and skipping regular dental check-ups can allow plaque and tartar to build up, leading to staining.
Some medications may have side effects related to the colouration of teeth, like blood pressure medicines and antihistamines.
Excessive fluoride exposure, especially during early childhood, can lead to enamel fluorosis, causing discolouration.
Injuries to the teeth, especially in children whose enamel is still developing, can lead to discolouration due to damage to the developing tooth or increased deposition of dentin.
Understanding the root cause of stained teeth is important for determining the best treatment strategy. Regular dental check-ups at Sunshine Boulevard Dental help diagnose any staining issues early and recommend the most effective whitening or cleaning treatments, ensuring your smile remains bright and confident.
Treatments for Stained Teeth
At Sunshine Boulevard Dental, we have a wide variety of treatments designed to address common dental problems and cosmetic concerns, like teeth staining. With every appointment, our dedicated team ensures a thorough examination of your teeth and based on the cause and extent of staining, we tailor a solution that’s perfect for you.
Professional teeth whitening treatments can brighten your smile by several shades, addressing both surface and deeper-set stains. We offer both in-chair and take-home kits, depending on your preference.
Porcelain or composite dental veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the tooth, masking stains and providing a uniform, bright appearance.
Using a tooth-coloured resin, this procedure can mask discolourations by bonding the material to the affected tooth.
Routine professional cleanings help remove surface stains and plaque buildup, maintaining the natural shine of your teeth and helping prevent or slow the effects of stained teeth.
For teeth that are deeply stained or have other structural issues, dental crowns can be used to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, providing both aesthetic and functional benefits.
If you’re unsure of the best steps to restoring your smile or where to start with cosmetic dentistry, feel free to reach out and contact us. Sunshine Boulevard Dental also offers a Smile Makeover service, where we will talk to you about your goals and what you want to change about your teeth. Then, we create a customised treatment plan to help get you there.
We also share guidance on preventive measures, like scaling and cleaning, and after-care to ensure your smile remains radiant for a longer period.
Addressing stained teeth and underlying issues may not only improve the appearance of your smile but could also help boost your confidence. Regular visits to Sunshine Boulevard Dental can help in the early identification of staining concerns and aid in the overall maintenance of oral health, safeguarding against potential dental problems.