Discolored teeth are very common in the US. It’s not just that we have an unrealistic expectation of whiteness from movies, TV, and magazines. It’s not just that discoloration is a natural consequence of aging. It’s also that some of our favorite foods can lead to discolored teeth: chocolate, coffee, and red wine are all culprits in causing tooth discoloration.
But there are ways to help your smile get brighter and stay brighter. If you’re not making your regular checkups, now’s the time to start. Sure, these preventive visits protect the health of your teeth, but they also help them stay beautiful. We clean debris off your teeth and polish them to make it harder for stains and plaque to stick.
But if your teeth are still stained, you can get more proactive about tooth discoloration with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening removes many common stains, especially those related to food and drink.
Sometimes, though, the stains might be inside your tooth. Perhaps your tooth enamel isn’t as bright as you might like. Perhaps the second layer of your teeth, the dentin, shows through too much or is too dark. In that case, veneers make a good approach to whitening. They cover your discolored teeth to make them bright. Your teeth can be as bright as you want, even if your enamel isn’t as attractive as you’d like.