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Stained teeth? You’re not alone!

If you’re bothered by staining on your teeth, you’re not the only one. One of the most common dental concerns is discoloration or staining. Luckily, there are steps you can take to even out your smile and prevent staining in the first place.

What causes stained teeth?

Determining the cause of your stained teeth isn’t always simple. There are a number of ways that teeth can become stained and most of these fall under one of three categories:

  1. Intrinsic – caused by something inside your body
  2. Extrinsic – caused by external factors
  3. Age-related – occurs over time

Staining is most often the result of extrinsic factors, such as ingesting certain foods and drinks like coffee, red wine, some fruits and berries, and candy. Smoking and poor dental hygiene are also common culprits.

Factors such as genetics and some medications and chronic conditions are also common causes. It’s also important to note that our teeth naturally become more discolored as we get older.

Are stained teeth unhealthy?

Not always. In many cases, stained teeth are not a sign of poor oral health. The majority of people have some degree of staining as a result of natural causes and external wear and tear. However, stained teeth can be a sign of health concerns, including gum disease, diabetes, disordered eating, and calcium deficiency.

It’s a good idea to visit your dentist regularly to determine if your stained teeth are related to your health, or are a harmless cosmetic feature.

What is the best painkiller for a toothache?

Cavities don’t go away on their own. However, small areas of decay don’t always require immediate treatment. We may “wait and see” to see how they develop before recommending a course of treatment.

How can I remove stains from my teeth?

Even patients with severe discoloration can achieve a white and even smile with the right treatment. At Healthy Smiles Family Dental, we can help you determine the cause and extent of your staining and offer you effective treatment options to suit your needs.

We provide effective and advanced teeth whitening treatments. Depending on your needs and preferences, we can provide you with a take-home custom tray to whiten your teeth over time or do an in-office whitening treatment for faster results.

We also have treatment options for those looking for more than just whitening. At our office, you can get a complete smile transformation with veneers. This is done by shaving down your enamel so that we can place a synthetic teeth-like shell on top for natural-looking, permanent results. This is a great option for those who have other dental concerns such as chipping, cracking, or crooked teeth.

Are brown stains on teeth permanent?

Not necessarily. Minor brown spots caused by poor dental hygiene and external factors can often be improved by adopting consistent dental hygiene habits and avoiding stain-causing foods and drinks. However, some brown stains can become permanent, and if they are caused by an intrinsic factor such as age or genetics, then they will be much harder to improve without a targeted treatment.

Can you make my yellow teeth white again?

Yes! We have high-tech treatment options that can whiten your yellow teeth quickly and effectively. Whether you want to use our at-home or in-office whitening procedures or undergo a total smile makeover, we have the expertise and the technology to give you the smile of your dreams.

Are white spots the same as stained teeth?

Not quite. White spots, unlike brown or yellow discolorations, are usually the result of a systemic issue such as calcium deficiency, fluorosis, or weakened enamel. However, just like darker stains, they can be treated with veneers or our standard whitening procedures. Even though lifestyle changes are unlikely to improve your white spots, you can take steps to prevent them from recurring after the treatment depending on the cause.

How do celebrities get their teeth so white?

In Hollywood, a perfect smile is key. Many patients ask how it’s possible that just about every celebrity has blindingly white teeth. Most celebrities achieve this look with regular high-tech whitening treatments and many opt for veneers to get permanent results. While you may not be world-famous, you can still get the celebrity treatment at our office and get a beautiful, even smile.

How do celebrities get their teeth so white?

In Hollywood, a perfect smile is key. Many patients ask how it’s possible that just about every celebrity has blindingly white teeth. Most celebrities achieve this look with regular high-tech whitening treatments and many opt for veneers to get permanent results. While you may not be world-famous, you can still get the celebrity treatment at our office and get a beautiful, even smile.

Become a patient at Healthy Smiles Family Dental

A healthier you starts right here. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your entire family. Schedule your consultation today at our Salem dentist office.

Have questions? Call (503) 689-8936 today. We hope to see you soon!

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