January 24, 2017
You value the health of your teeth and gums. You practice diligent home hygiene and never miss a dental appointment. As a result, you have great check-ups. Yet, you are disappointed with your smile. You cover your mouth when you laugh or smile broadly in public. Stains and a chip in a front tooth mar your smile. Don’t despair. Your cosmetic dentist in Northern Virginia, Dr. Wayne Myles, has the expertise to give you a wonderfully beautiful smile. Here are the details.
December 29, 2014
Dr. Wayne Myles has helped so many patients in the Reston area with the latest cosmetic dentistry treatments. This includes teeth whitening, an effective way to bleach smiles affected by extrinsic dental stains. Extrinsic dental stains refers to tooth discoloration that originates at the surface layer of the teeth. This is the kind of dental stain most people are familiar with, and in addition to tobacco products, foods and beverages are common causes of various kinds of stains.
We’d like to go over a few foods and beverages that can leave your smile looking not as bright. As you’re about to read with these substances below, if something can stain a white shirt, it can lead to the discoloration of your teeth.
May 30, 2014
There is more to cosmetic problems than you may have guessed, which is why it's important to meet with a dentist about all of your options for advanced dental care. This will help you learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments that can brighten your smile and remove stains while also addressing other kinds of aesthetic flaws in the process.
One of the most common dental problems that people want to have treated is tooth discoloration. There are a number of things people don't think about with regard to tooth discoloration, and we'd like to take a few moments right now to look at the different kinds of discoloration that may occur.
Extrinsic Discoloration vs. Intrinsic Discoloration
Broadly, there are two kinds of tooth discoloration.
- Extrinsic Tooth Discoloration – This refers to tooth discoloration and stains that originate on the surface layer of the teeth.
- Intrinsic Tooth Discoloration – This refers to tooth discoloration and stains that originate from within the tooth's structure.
Both extrinsic and intrinsic stains have different causes, and the kind of stain that a person suffers from will determine the ideal treatment option for their needs.
Dental Stains Caused By Tobacco Products
Tobacco products can lead to major extrinsic stains, causing the teeth to look brown or yellow. There are already plenty of compelling health reasons to avoid cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, and these aesthetic issues are also worth considering.
Dental Stains Caused by Foods and Beverages
A number of common foods and beverages have been known to cause extrinsic stains as well. These include:
- Red wine
In essence, if it can stain a white shirt badly, it can lead to gradual dental stains over time.
Dental Stains Caused by Medications
Medications of varying kinds can cause intrinsic dental stains to occur. Some common medications that cause tooth discoloration include:
- Antipsychotic medications
- Antihypertensive drugs
Dental Stains Caused by Fluoride
Fluoride can cause intrinsic and extrinsic dental stains, though not in the way that you'd think. Rather than yellow or brown stains, overexposure to fluoride can lead to chalky and over-white patches on the teeth.
Dental Stains Caused by Tooth Decay and Injury
Dental problems can cause stains to occur, some extrinsic (such as those causes by cavities and tooth decay) and some intrinsic (such as those caused by root canal infections).
Dental Stains Caused by the Natural Aging Process
Over time, wear, tear, and combinations of the various factors above can lead to tooth discoloration and gradual stains appearing on the smile. This is normal, though it can be minimized or even treated.
Options for Dealing with Tooth Discoloration and Stains
For most extrinsic stains and discoloration, professional teeth whitening treatment can work wonders and brighten the teeth up to eight shades. When stains are especially dark, porcelain veneers may be a more ideal solution. For intrinsic stains, porcelain veneers tend to be a better option for masking the discoloration from view.
When the discoloration is related to tooth decay or tooth injury, the best option is a restorative treatment that rebuilds tooth structure and masks the aesthetic flaw from view, such as a dental crown, an inlay, or an onlay.
Learn More About Your Options for Cosmetic Dentistry
If you would like more information about the different kinds of tooth discoloration that people can experience and how our team can help you achieve a more appealing smile, be sure to contact our Reston, VA cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Our team will carefully assess your dental care needs and help you look your very best in the process.