It is normal for a person’s teeth to become dull as they grow old. As a person ages, their enamel begins to wear down and years of certain lifestyle habits can cause their teeth to discolor. However, there are many things that can cause premature yellow teeth or stained teeth. Thompson Advanced Dentistry is a state of the art cosmetic dentistry office that treats discolored teeth in Greeley, CO.
Choosing to whiten your discolored teeth will help with your overall self-esteem. Many of our patients explain that something as simple as treating their discolored teeth changes their life for the better. No matter how your teeth got that way, we can devise a plan to brighten your smile by treating your discolored teeth.
Types Tooth Discolorations
Understanding the different types of tooth discolorations will help you choose the best treatment for you. Depending on what caused your teeth stains, Dr. Thompson can treat your tooth discoloration with professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding.
Extrinsic Tooth Discoloration
Extrinsic stains on teeth refer to stains that are on the exterior of the teeth. These surface stains are typically caused by diet choices and lifestyle habits. The most common examples of these we see include coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking. Extrinsic stains affect the outer most layer of the tooth, the enamel, and do not go further inside the tooth.
How we Extrinsic Stains
We can effectively treat extrinsic stains with professional teeth whitening. This type of stain typically responds well to whitening that a dentist administers. Thompson Advanced Dentistry uses the KöR Whitening System because of how effective it is. This treatment involves using a combination of in-office and at-home treatments to eliminate suborn stains from your teeth.
Intrinsic Tooth Discoloration
Opposite to extrinsic stains, intrinsic stains affect the interior layer of the teeth, the dentin. If the dentin is discolored or if the enamel is worn down, then an intrinsic stain in visible. They are typically considered permanent stains. Intrinsic stains are caused by oral injuries, (such as a blow to the mouth during a sport), certain medications (such as antibiotics with tetracycline), and an excess of fluoride.
How we Treat Intrinsic Stains
Depending on how you got your intrinsic stain, we may be able to treat it with the KöR Whitening System. It is one of the only professional teeth whitening treatments that can effectively remove stains caused by tetracycline. Otherwise, we will have use a more permanent option such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Bonding and veneers will essentially cover up the stains leaving your teeth looking fresh and bright. We can even customize the color to match any surrounding teeth.
Book Your Consult for Discolored Teeth in Greeley, CO
Dr. Thompson will first need to examine your teeth to determine the best treatment for you. It is important to learn about your lifestyle habits and medical history to understand how your teeth became discolored. Then he can suggest the appropriate treatment that will deliver the results you want. Schedule your appointment today by calling 970.205.9614 or you can also request an appointment online.