Over the years, have you noticed your smile has dulled? If your teeth aren’t as bright as they once were, you’re not alone. Tooth discoloration is a common source of embarrassment. Thankfully, your dentist in Las Cruces can turn back the hands of time and reveal a whiter smile. Often, all that’s needed is a simple whitening treatment; however, it depends on what caused your stains in the first place. Although there are various factors that influence the color of your teeth, here are the top 3 causes of tooth discoloration and what you can do to reveal a brighter smile.
1. Dark Beverages
It can be difficult to jumpstart your day without a warm cup of coffee, but it can slowly tarnish your smile. No matter if you like a cup of tea in the afternoon or a cool soda on a hot day, darkly pigmented beverages can stain your teeth. Not to mention, several of them can also erode your enamel, especially if they are acidic or contain a lot of sugar.
You can combat tooth discoloration with a whitening treatment from your dentist. Your results can last for years with the right care; however, if you can’t skip your morning cup of coffee or a glass of red wine, it’s best to limit its contact with your teeth. Drinking through a straw can reduce your teeth’s exposure to the beverage. Brush your teeth when you’re finished. If you can’t get to your toothbrush, rinse your mouth with water.
You know smoking harms your overall health, but tobacco use can also do a number on your mouth. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes can turn your teeth brown. You can also develop noticeable stains. Unfortunately, the complications don’t stop there. Smoking significantly increases your risk of several dental issues, like tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
Your dentist will create a customized treatment plan to repair any damage. Depending on the extent of your stains, your dentist may recommend a whitening treatment, cosmetic bonding, or veneers to get the results you want.
3. Complications During Childhood
Certain complications during childhood can leave a lasting mark on your smile, like oral trauma, too much fluoride, or tetracycline. Besides stains, you can experience white spots or lines on your enamel, called fluorosis. In some cases, the teeth can darken from the inside out, such as from tetracycline antibiotics taken during pregnancy. No matter the cause, your cosmetic dentist will create a personalized treatment plan to brighten your smile, such as a whitening procedure.
Brighten Your Smile
You don’t need to feel insecure about your tooth discoloration. Your dentist can breathe new life into your smile with a professional whitening treatment.
About Dr. Natalie J. Ortiz
Dr. Natalie J. Ortiz not only earned her dental degree, but she’s mastered several areas of specialty dentistry, like Invisalign and CEREC. She offers the advanced solutions you need to invest in a healthy, beautiful smile. If you’re ready to treat your tooth discoloration, contact our office today for a consultation.