If you have stained teeth, you may be resorting to hiding your teeth behind your hand whenever you smile. Unfortunately, by taking this approach, your self-esteem may be suffering. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry offers better solutions. To learn about teeth stains and your cosmetic options, read the following information provided by your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.
Causes Behind Yellow Teeth
Several things can contribute to yellowing. One very common cause is the overexposure to dark pigments such as those found in blueberries, tea, coffee, soda, and red wine. Over time, these pigments can discolor teeth, robbing smiles of their brilliance. Enamel loss is another contributor to yellowing. Enamel is the whitest part of the tooth, and when it wears thin, the layer beneath (dentin), which has a yellow hue, begins to show through.
Other causes behind yellow teeth include overexposure to fluoride, trauma to a tooth or teeth, and certain medications. These stains exist deep within teeth, putting them out of reach of whitening agents. They are commonly known as intrinsic stains, owing to their location within teeth.
Solutions to Teeth Stains
The solutions to stains will vary based on the type of stain. The most common stains, like those caused by dark pigments, can be removed with teeth whitening treatment. If you choose to whiten your teeth, your Des Moines IA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Johnson, will provide you with a take-home kit that includes a whitening solution and custom trays. After about two weeks of treatment, your teeth will be noticeably whiter, erasing the stains and the embarrassment they have created. If, on the other hand, your teeth are discolored by intrinsic stains, porcelain veneers offer a better option. The veneers will mask the stains and create a blemish-free smile that you can show off with pride.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Cosmetic Dentist
Are you ready to rid your teeth of unsightly stains? If so, contact your Des Moines IA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.