Many factors affect the color of your teeth. Initially, we are all born with varying shades of teeth. Over time, the color of your teeth can change to due to many factors. Discoloration of your teeth can happen from tobacco use, eating or drinking pigment-rich foods and beverages, trauma to the tooth, and even excessive fluoride use. If you are tired of suffering from dark or dingy teeth, cosmetic dentistry offers many options to brighten your smile:
Professional teeth whitening is the most popular choice for treating surface stains. In-office whitening can successfully lighten your teeth as much as ten shades in as little as one office visit.
Dental veneers utilize a thin porcelain or composite shell that is adhered directly to the surface of teeth to cover stains that are otherwise resistant to whitening. Veneers are often used to improve the appearance of teeth that have darkened internally due to trauma or some kinds of medication.
Composite bonding is an option that uses tooth-colored composite material to cover a discolored tooth and make it match existing teeth. Bonding is a good option for single teeth that have been damaged in some way, causing discoloration.
Thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry, it is no longer necessary to live with a stained or unattractive smile. With proper care, all of these teeth whitening options can last for many years. If you are unhappy with the color of your smile, talk to Federal Way cosmetic dentist Dr. Wallen about the best options for brightening your dull and dreary smile.