Teeth can change colour over time due to various reasons.
The discoloration may be extrinsic, caused by stains on the teeth surface. It can also be intrinsic, due to the darkening of the layer beneath the tooth enamel called dentin.
Teeth may also lose their usual sparkle due to aging. The outermost layer of the teeth, the enamel, gets thinner over time. The dentin becomes more visible and so is its darker color.
Tooth stains may vary in appearance. Sometimes, they appear as white streaks or they may look yellow or brown. It’s easy to see whether the teeth are experiencing disoclouration. Setting an appointment with a dental professional will help a lot as they can help determine the cause of the discolouration.
Professional dental cleanings may help remove teeth stains. Bleaching gel is also another option.
Not all teeth, however, will have the same response to whitening treatments. If these options are still not enough, you may also consider the use of dental veneers. Don’t worry, Rundle Dental will help you look into possible ways to achieve the tooth colour that you want.
To start, you may try using surface whiteners or dental products that can be purchased over-the-counter. One popular example is whitening toothpastes. Note, however, that these products can only do so much. They should not be deemed a substitute to professional dental cleaning.
To prevent stains on your teeth, make sure to brush regularly. Since you still need to wait for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour after your meal, you can, in the meantime, rinse your mouth with water.
For stains that are caused by damage to the nerve endings, you may have to undergo root canal therapy. The damaged pulp must be removed before it decays.
Simple changes in your lifestyle, such as reducing coffee intake and watching what you eat, may also help prevent tooth stains.
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