South Surrey Cosmetic Dentist Helps Patients Understand Dental Discoloration

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 | by

Have you ever looked through old pictures and noticed that your smile used to look much whiter and brighter than it does now? If so, you certainly are not alone. Dental discoloration is a very common problem among adult dental patients. The good news is that our South Surrey cosmetic dentists understand why this happens, and we know what to do about it.

Today we’re giving you more information about what happens to teeth when they become discolored. Hopefully, you can use this information to optimize your daily routine and protect your teeth.

Your natural dental enamel is designed to be pretty sturdy. Enamel is what allows you to chomp, consume hot and cold drinks, and speak without experiencing too much discomfort or pain. However, dental enamel is by no means indestructible. The substances that come into contact with your enamel can change it over time.

Take these common drinks for example: coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and fruit juices. All of these liquids can deposit color on dental enamel. Over time these stains become embedded in the enamel, and are very tough to erase.

At the same time, natural enamel thinning will make your teeth look darker and yellower. Think about how much work your teeth do every day—it only makes sense that your enamel starts to wear down as you age. Unfortunately, this means that the dentin (which is darker than enamel) starts to peek through the top layer of the tooth.

The good news is that our dentist can help brighten your smile with teeth whitening treatments, dental veneers, and dental bonding. The best things that you can do to minimize these aesthetic problems are to care for your teeth well at home, maintain a complete schedule of professional dental cleanings, and protect your teeth whenever engaging in an activity that puts your smile at risk.

As always, feel free to call our South Surrey cosmetic dentist office to get more information!