Ageing is a crucial factor in lifestyle. It also plays a big role in the state of our teeth. With several different factors like diet, genes and habits – with time, our once pearly whites become yellowish and stained. According to the World Health Organization, emotional issues can also be caused by discoloured teeth. Our self esteem begins to decrease and we can even become uncomfortable socialising. That’s why it’s important to either prevent or spot and treat stained teeth early on. On the other hand, the great news is the harm is preventable!
What are the key causes of tooth discolouration?
Teeth discolouration is the most common issue among patients. First we determine the cause of the stains so as to offer adequate treatment. Stains might be external, this is usually brought on by smoking or excessive consumption of particular foods or beverages like coffee, tea, sodas, berries, etc.
Discoloration may also be internal because of injury, excessive fluoride exposure or the use of tetracycline during youth or hereditary dental malformations.
Are veneers the best option for patients with intensely stained teeth?
The treatment plan depends upon the case, kind of discolouration and anticipation of the patient. Here at Karma Dental, we decide on the appropriate treatment based on a comprehensive evaluation and after discussing the various options with our patients.
Is there a long term solution?
The treatment depends upon the sort of discolouration. Simple external stains may be removed through hygienist visits by professional cleaning and polishing. Resistant stains may be whitened with at home whitening or internal whitening methods. Veneers or crowns are sometimes the ideal permanent solution for severe staining.
Could patients maintain their dental hygiene patterns throughout the process of getting their veneers fitted?
Regular brushing and flossing is suggested for all patients. Perfectly fitted veneers/crowns don’t induce gingival bleeding as long as you maintain excellent dental hygiene and visit the hygienist regularly.
Any final methods for patients with heavily stained teeth?
Prevention is the key:
Avoid smoking, staining foods and beverages.
Use non abrasive tooth pastes.
Maintain excellent dental hygiene.
Visit the dental hygienist every 4-6 months.
Prevent excessive exposure to fluoride for your kids.
If you’re considering professional treatment for stained or discoloured teeth, contact our team! We’ll advise on the right solution for you.