Yellow, stained, and discolored teeth are a common cosmetic concern that many people face. Fortunately, there are many options in dentistry that can fix it. Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier are Towson, MD dentists that offer several cosmetic dentistry treatments that can address discolored teeth.
Types of Stains
There are two types of teeth stains; intrinsic and extrinsic. Each type will require different types of treatment.
Extrinsic stains are the most common. This is when the outermost layer of the tooth becomes yellow, stained, or discolored. These types of stains are mostly caused by lifestyle choices such as consuming too much coffee or smoking.
Intrinsic Stains are when the inner layers of the tooth are discolored. Things like too much fluoride, trauma to the tooth, tooth decay, certain diseases, and certain types of medications can cause intrinsic stains. They are harder to treat and do not respond to teeth bleaching treatments.
Treatment for Stained or Discolored Teeth
There are several options available to you to treat your stained, yellow, or discolored teeth. We offer teeth bleaching, including vital and non-vital whitening, and several other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options. Dr. Boenning or Dr. Dancykier will first need to assess your teeth to determine the best treatment options for you. Then they will make suggestions based on your current oral health conditions, goals, and budget.
Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening involves using a high concentration of bleaching gel that we will activate with a special light. Your dentist will perform this treatment in our Towson, MD office. It is considered a vital whitening treatment since it is performed on teeth that have live nerves.
We also offer non-vital whitening where the pulp and nerves have been removed from inside the tooth. Here, we can place the bleaching gel inside the tooth to whiten it. Professional teeth whitening can treat extrinsic stains.
Other Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Unfortunately, there are some stains that cannot be treated with professional teeth whitening. For these types of stains, your dentist may recommend a more permanent treatment. We offer porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental bonding to essentially hide discolored teeth. Any of these treatments can instantly whiten teeth. Your dentist would recommend these for intrinsic stains as well.
Why are my teeth yellow?
There are many things that can lead to yellow teeth or dull looking teeth. Smoking and any kind of tobacco use cause teeth to yellow. Staining foods such as berries, coffee, tea, and red wine can also contribute to yellow teeth.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
When we apply the bleaching gel to your teeth, it will not hurt. However, there may be some minor tooth or gum discomfort. This typically does not last and should subside in 24 to 48 hours.
Schedule an Appointment to Whiten your Teeth
Dr. Boenning or Dr. Dancykier will examine your teeth to determine which whitening treatment will work best for you. It will be important to know what your lifestyle habits are to help your dentist better understand your teeth’ discoloration. They will compile a treatment plan for you that will deliver the best results. Schedule your appointment today by calling 410.324.2294 or by requesting an appointment online.