Solutions To Common Dental Problems
Discoloured or Stained Teeth
Do you have stained or discoloured teeth?
In time your teeth will change colour – they may appear yellow or grey or even have tinges of orange, black and brown.
Discolouring can affect the outer surface of your teeth or the inner part of the tooth. It's important to know which type of staining you have so the right treatment can be applied.
You don’t need to live with teeth stains or discoloration – there are ways to brighten your smile and get that fresh look.
FAQs about Discoloured or Stained teeth
Preventing Discolouration and Teeth Staining
The discolouration of teeth is relatively common but also preventable. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important such as:
- using floss or interdental brushes
- brush twice a day
- having regular check-ups
- having regular professional dental cleanings
- rinse your mouth after consuming food or drink to remove food particles
You may also be a good idea to cut down on what may be staining your teeth – such as certain foods or drinks.
There are many methods to counter discoloured or stained teeth. The best method is to maintain good oral health, make the right lifestyle choices and have your teeth reviewed with regular checkups and professional cleans.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Stains
Discoloration or staining can be defined as being either intrinsic or extrinsic. The differences are:
- Intrinsic staining - is where the stain is imbedded within the tooth and more difficult to remove. These are caused by trauma and injury, caries (tooth decay) or medications. Some intrinsic stains may have been formed during pregnancy.
- Extrinsic staining refers to on the surface staining. The discoloration or staining is generally superficial.
Treatment for Discoloured or Stained Teeth
The obvious treatment option is teeth whitening. Depending on the intensity of the stain and colour, you may opt for whitening toothpastes, over the counter whitening products or have your teeth professionally whitened by the dentist.
Professional whitening of your teeth can be done via a take home kit or in the dental chair. The advantage of professional whitening is that it uses a bleaching agent (hydrogen peroxide) which can remove not only extrinsic stains but also those difficult to budge intrinsic stains.
Other treatment solutions include:
- veneers - this is where the discoloration can be masked by applying a thin layer of filling material to disguise the colour and reshape your tooth
- crowns and white fillings
- professional dental cleaning - help to reduce the build up of plaque and tartar and coincidentally minimise the emergence of stains and discoloration.
Transform Your Smile At Woodville Seaton Dental Clinic
The discolouration of teeth is relatively common but also preventable and treatable.
A visit to the dentist can help identify the causes of the tooth discolouration and stains and provide solutions to prevent further damage.
Don't let stained and discoloured teeth hold you back from that radiant smile. Regain your confidence with an amazing smile.
To find out more about treating your discoloured or stained teeth, call our friendly staff at Woodville & Seaton Dental Clinic on (08) 8268 5422 or request an appointment online.