Treatment Options for Dull and Discolored Teeth

Tulsa cosmetic dentistIf you can’t resist a cup of your favorite black coffee every morning, or if you simply haven’t kicked your smoking habit, you may notice that your teeth have become discolored over time. This can cause self-consciousness and negatively impact your self-esteem. However, with the help of multiple treatment options by your cosmetic dentist, your teeth can easily and quickly become dramatically whiter.

Your teeth naturally become discolored over time as a result of your diet and other factors. For instance, dark-colored foods, such as berries, teas and colas, can contribute to staining. These stains are called extrinsic stains, caused by the environment. Meanwhile, intrinsic stains stem from certain medications, a tooth fracture or a large amount of tooth decay.

One effective solution for the discoloration and dulling of teeth is in-office or take-home whitening treatment options. An in-office whitening treatment is effective at drastically brightening your smile up to eight shades in just an hour’s time. In-office whitening features bleaching agents that remove stains from below the enamel—the hard surface that covers each tooth—and involves the use of a laser to speed up the bleaching process.

Meanwhile, a take-home whitening treatment product is convenient in that you can easily whiten your teeth right at home using a high-quality whitening gel. The gel provides results after just one treatment, although you can expect to see noticeable results in about one week.

Your cosmetic dentist also offers dental veneers—thin shells that cover the front surface of your teeth, thus creating a brand new smile. Veneers can be used to alter not only your teeth’s color but also their shape and size. In order to place a veneer on your tooth, your dentist will simply remove a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel and permanently bond the veneer to the tooth. Veneers rapidly allow you to enjoy a completely new “Hollywood smile.”

Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you to achieve that perfect smile—one that will keep you feeling attractive and more confident than ever as the years go by.