Ways To Repair Dental Discolorations
Flashing a smile is always easy if you have pearly white teeth. However, not everyone has white teeth and over time, your teeth will eventually become discolored, too. Read the article to know more about dental discolorations and how to treat them.
Kinds of Discoloration
There are two kinds of discoloration:
Extrinsic Teeth Discoloration
When you say extrinsic teeth discoloration, it refers to the changes in the color of the enamel. Enamel is the opaque film that covers your teeth. It also serves as protection from bacteria.
The enamel on your teeth is the first point of contact for food, beverages, and tobacco and there are times when these materials are not fully removed from your mouth. When there is debris on your teeth, it causes discoloration. Moreover, enamel tends to easily absorb the pigments of food and beverages.
Intrinsic Teeth Discoloration
On the other hand, intrinsic teeth discoloration starts inside your teeth so you won’t be able to see it right at the beginning. Instead, the changes in color just become more obvious when the enamel gets thinner.
This kind of discoloration is often caused by trauma or medicines taken since childhood. Similar to food and beverages, your teeth can absorb the pigment or the medicines and they start a chemical reaction with your dentin.
Ways to Treat Discoloration
There are both household remedies and dental operations that can help your teeth go back to being white and shiny. Tip: before you try dental operations, consult with a dentist regarding the kind of discoloration you have and what other methods can be done for you to achieve white teeth.
The first thing you have to do is avoid consuming things that leave stains on your teeth. Although consuming medicine cannot be avoided, you can do your teeth a big favor if you avoid drinking coffee or tea and avoid eating candy and/or curry.
If you are looking for something to munch on, it would be best to turn to apples for snacks and milk for a morning drink. Apples are a good way to cleanse the teeth, removing debris from your previous meal. Milk, on the other hand, make your teeth strong and healthy.
Another household treatment is to brush your teeth properly. Brushing your teeth after a meal can help remove stains right away. Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth and don’t forget to cleaning the back of your teeth as well.
You can also supplement brushing with flossing. Using a dental floss can help remove debris stuck in between teeth and remove stains in those areas too.
Use whitening substances
The most common whitening products are baking soda, activated charcoal, and apple cider vinegar. If you would notice, these substances are also used to whiten underarms and dark spots in the body.
What you can do is either gargle or brush your teeth with them. For the baking soda and the activated charcoal, you can look for a toothpaste that has these chemicals in their formula. You can also mix them with water forming a paste and you can brush them on your teeth. For the apple cider vinegar, you can mix it with water in a 1:1 ratio and gargle it for a few minutes. Apple cider vinegar is a good source of acetic acid that kills bacteria lingering in your mouth.
A more complicated method that requires you to go back to the dentist several times is veneers. Veneers are tooth-colored materials that can be used as a coating on your teeth to make them look whiter and cleaner. You can either get a porcelain veneer or a resin veneer, but the more natural-looking ones are made from porcelain.
Unlike veneers, crowns are more invasive because a part of your tooth needs to be removed so that the crown can fit perfectly to your natural teeth. However, crowns are proven to be more effective when it comes to repairing discolored teeth because they can block more stains. At the same time, they can look more natural than veneers in general.
Tooth discoloration is a condition that can easily be repaired through household and in-office treatments. If you notice your teeth turning yellow, you can already ask for a consultation with your dentist.