Restoring the Sparkle to Stained Teeth

As we age, our teeth will begin to turn more yellow, brown, or gray simply from years of exposure to dark foods and beverages as well as to thinning of the enamel and enamel wear. You are already aware that tobacco, coffee, tea, and red wine will cause tooth stain. Because dental enamel is slightly porous, they stain over time, much like an older porcelain sink or tub discolors.

This type of staining of teeth is “extrinsic” stain. It occurs from external sources. Teeth are also prone to “intrinsic” stain; that is, stain from internal factors. For example, people growing up within areas with high fluoride content in the water, exhibit a grayish brown staining typically called “fluorosis”. Certain antibiotics administered to children during the formative years of their teeth will intrinsically stain the teeth, often with a gray coloration. And of course, some people simply have darker teeth naturally than others.

All staining can be reduced with effective whitening techniques. Though toothpastes and mouthrinses are ineffective, certain over-the-counter products work. At the dental office of Dr. Seal, various forms of whitening techniques are
employed depending on the type of discoloration, the number of teeth (from one to
all) that are discolored and the expected results.

Dr. Greg Seal has utilized various techniques for whitening since his prosthodontic residency. He understands the science of tooth whitening and will be able to help you make a good decision to get effective results in changing tooth color. To make an appointment for consultation, visit our website or call the office at (214) 361-0883.