Do you have stained teeth? Are you looking for a dental treatment that can brighten your smile?
Dr. Michael Courter provides his patients with professional teeth whitening treatment in Midland, TX. Teeth whitening treatment is a cosmetic dentistry service that can brighten the tooth enamel by multiple shades. Whitening the teeth can create a younger-looking smile and improve patients’ confidence. Discover the common causes of tooth discoloration as well as how you can brighten your smile at home below.
Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Teeth can become stained, yellowed, or discolored due to a variety of reasons:
- Tobacco Products: Cigarettes, vapes, and other products that contain tobacco or nicotine can cause the teeth to appear yellow. Nicotine and tar that are in tobacco turn yellow when combined with oxygen. This is the reason why the teeth become discolored after smoking or using tobacco.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Not brushing and flossing the teeth and gums twice a day can cause tooth discoloration. Food debris as well as plaque, a sticky film caused by a buildup of bacteria, can discolor teeth.
- Foods and Beverages: Pigmented foods and beverages including tea, coffee, wine, berries, and tomato-based products can cause tooth stains. These foods and beverages contain chromogens, pigmented compounds that can easily stick to the tooth enamel.
- Medications and Medical Conditions: Certain medications like antihistamines, antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and antipsychotics may discolor the teeth. Additionally, patients with celiac disease, rickets, calcium deficiencies, or metabolic diseases may be more prone to sudden tooth discoloration.
To stay on track with your smile, schedule routine dental appointments, keep up with your oral hygiene routine, stay away from tobacco products, and keep note of your current medications. If you are unhappy with your discolored teeth, ask us about your whitening options.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Treatment
For the convenience of our patients, we offer take-home whitening treatment. This treatment allows patients to gradually whiten their smiles in the comfort of their own homes. To create a customized treatment for our patients, we take dental impressions in our office. These impressions are used to fabricate custom whitening trays. Once the trays are complete, we provide patients with a whitening kit that includes their trays and whitening gel. We will also advise patients about how long they should wear their trays each day.
For patients with deep tooth stains that do not react to whitening treatment, we recommend dental veneers or tooth bonding. Dental veneers are porcelain ceramic shells that cover the front of the enamel. Tooth bonding uses a biocompatible material that is sculpted and cured onto the teeth. Both veneers and dental bonding are color-matched to teeth for a natural look.
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Do you want to brighten your smile? Call Dr. Courter for comfortable teeth whitening treatment today at 432.287.9531. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Courter online. Please let us know if you have any specific questions or concerns about your whitening options. We will be happy to help you.