Discolored Teeth Towson, MD

Yellow, stained, and discolored teeth are a common cosmetic issue that many people face. It might be a small cosmetic issue, but it’s also the source of embarrassment and self-esteem issues. Many people will hide their smile because of the appearance of their teeth.

Fortunately, there are many options in dentistry that can fix stained teeth. Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier offer cosmetic dentistry treatments that can address discolored teeth in Towson, MD.

Treatment for stained teeth in Towson, Maryland

Types of Teeth Stains

Two types of teeth stains create dark teeth; intrinsic and extrinsic. Each type will require different types of treatment.

Extrinsic Stains

The most common type of tooth stains are extrinsic stains. This is when the outermost layer of the tooth (the enamel) becomes yellow, or dark. Lifestyle choices cause extrinsic stains, such as the food or drinks you consume, smoking, and poor oral hygiene. Consuming an excess amount of coffee, red wine, or any dark colored food or beverage can lead to this type of stain.

You can control extrinsic stains with regular dental cleanings, proper oral hygiene habits, and lifestyle changes.

Intrinsic Stains

These types of stains are deep within the inner layers of the tooth, under the enamel and dentin layers. They are difficult to address. Many things can cause intrinsic stains. Things like excessive amounts of fluoride, trauma to the tooth, tooth decay, aging, genetics, certain medications, and some diseases.

Theses types of stains can appear as a brownish, gray, or blue-gray in color. A typical whitening treatment to the surface of the tooth will have a limited affect on these types of stains. Permanent dental treatments are best for treating intrinsic stains.

Treatment for Stained or Discolored Teeth

We have several options available for 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. This is a vital whitening treatment since our dentists perform it on teeth with live nerves.

We also offer non-vital whitening for teeth that do not have inner pulp and nerves anymore. Here, we can even place the bleaching gel inside the tooth to whiten it. Professional teeth whitening can typically only treat extrinsic stains. To learn more about the tooth whitening treatments we offer, visit Teeth Whitening.

Unfortunately, there are some stains that do not go away with professional teeth whitening. For these types of stains, your dentist may recommend a more permanent treatment. These treatments are capable of instantly whitening your teeth.

Your dentist may recommend these for intrinsic stains as well. We can permanently whiten your teeth with any of the following treatments.

Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer is an ultra thin shell made of porcelain that your dentist will bond to the front portion of your tooth. Porcelain is a great material to use because it is strong and will mimic the appearance of a natural tooth. The tooth veneer will hide the discolored tooth and then create the appearance of a flawless, whitened tooth. To learn more about the dental veneer process, visit Porcelain Veneers.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a great choice to whiten a tooth that has also suffered some damage. A tooth crown is a cap that will completely encase the tooth to the gum line. Your dentist will need to reduce the tooth in size to accommodate the tooth crown.

We will match its color to the neighboring teeth and make sure it blends into your smile seamlessly. To learn more about the crown process, visit Dental Crown.

Dental Bonding

A dental bonding treatment is a great way to achieve a brighter smile if you are on a budget. Or if you are not ready for a permanent solution. Your dentist will apply the bonding material to the surface of your tooth to hide discoloration and then cure it with a light.

This is not a permanent treatment and will only last for a few years. However, it is an affordable solution for some patients. To learn more about the dental boding procedure, visit Teeth Bonding.

Discolored Teeth FAQs

To learn more about discolored teeth, read the following answers to frequently asked questions. If you have further questions, contact us during regular office hours.

Why are my teeth yellow?

Many things can lead to yellow teeth or dull-looking teeth. Smoking and tobacco use can yellow teeth. 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.

Are there foods or drinks that can lead to discolored teeth?

Yes, your dietary habits play a huge role in the color of your teeth. Consuming certain things can lead to teeth staining over time. The most likely beverages include black tea, red wine, coffee, dark sodas, and sports drinks.

Anything with high levels of artificial coloring can stain your teeth. Foods that can cause stained teeth include curry, tomato sauces, balsamic vinegar, beets, dark berries, and candy.

Are over-the-counter teeth whitening products safe and effective to address tooth discoloration?

Over-the-counter or store bought teeth whitening products can be safe if you use them correctly. They will most likely only address minor surface stains. However, the results can be unpredictable compared to professional teeth whitening.

If you do not follow instructions, you may experience uneven results, sensitive gums, or no changes at all. Professional teeth whitening is over-seen by dental professionals. Professional whitening addresses tooth stains much more effectively and safely. Our dentists will tailor your whitening treatment to meet your needs.

Schedule an Appointment to Whiten your Teeth

Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier will examine your teeth to determine which whitening treatment will work best for you. We will create a custom treatment plan just for you to deliver the best results possible. Schedule your appointment today by calling 410-324-2294 or by requesting an appointment online.