What Are the Options for Correcting Teeth Discoloration?

What Are the Options for Correcting Teeth Discoloration?

Brown or yellow teeth are not often a result of tooth decay. Sometimes it stems from unhealthy habits, such as consuming too much staining foods. It could also result from aging and even genetics. Whatever the case, nobody’s happy about yellow dentition. Teeth discoloration can ruin your smile and confidence. Imagine not having the boldness to smile from ear to ear in photographs. You probably don’t have to imagine: more likely than not, that’s your present condition — or your loved one’s. Fortunately, there are ways to correct teeth discoloration, which we highlight below.

Here are dentist-approved solutions for yellow teeth.

Professional teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is arguably the most effective way to fix a discolored dentition without getting new “teeth” or add-ons. However, your dentist will only recommend this method based on the kind of stains you have as it doesn’t work very effectively for all kinds. Your sensitivity will also factor into the whitening treatment plan your dentist will recommend.

While you can buy and use teeth whitening kits at home, you may hardly ever get the level of results you’ll obtain when done in-clinic. Professional whitening will also likely be less painful.

Porcelain veneers

When teeth whitening proves too time-consuming and difficult because of the nature of your stain, veneers are the way to go. They work well regardless of the color of the stain. For example, they are the best option for white stains as whitening will only make them whiter.

Teeth Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are usually customized to suit the shape and structure of your dentition for a seamless finish. For example, porcelain veneers by Dr. Victor Khatchaturian are designed with a shade guide to match your teeth’s color accurately. It will be designed for you in the lab after critical assessment.

A full-mouth restoration

If the challenge you face goes beyond teeth discoloration, you may need more medical intervention. For example, you may have an underlying condition, tooth decay, or another condition with your dentition. After due consultation, your dentist may recommend a full-mouth restoration, usually involving surgery. Dental implants or braces may be used. The procedure may even include teeth whitening and veneers. It is usually more extensive due to the severity and number of problems.

Cut down on staining foods

If consuming too much staining food leads to teeth discoloration, it makes sense to cut down on them. This is helpful as it treats the root course of the problem.

Food on Teeth

Even after teeth whitening, you must protect your teeth from staining foods like excess black coffee and dark wine (whine can turn your teeth blue.) to avoid re-staining them. This is one edge veneers have over whitening. 

Do intensive teeth cleansing

You may have great shining white dentition, but it’s all hidden underneath a thick layer of plaque. Plaque is a material that accumulates over time, especially when you don’t brush your teeth properly. Plaque accumulation may lead to tooth decay, discoloration, and gum disease.

If you’ve not been brushing for up to two minutes twice a day, it’s time to try that. Or else, see your dentist.

If you’re unhappy with your smile because of your teeth, seeing the dentist as soon as possible is the best for your physical and mental health. Of course, you feel better about yourself and life when you have a better self-image.