DsiDo you have yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth? Are you looking to brighten your smile? Dr. Ned Greenberg offers dental solutions that whiten discolored teeth in Baltimore, MD. Call 410.686.4646 to treat dental concerns like tooth discoloration and stained enamel. You may also request a dental exam with Dr. Greenberg on our website. Learn more about the causes of discolored teeth as well as how you can reverse tooth stains below:
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Underneath the tooth enamel is a dark under-layer, which we call dentin. As the tooth enamel begins to erode over time, it uncovers dentin, which darkens the look of your teeth. Dental injuries or certain medications can create dark spots on the tooth enamel. An over-exposure to fluoride, plaque buildup, illness, or trauma can cause bright white spots on the teeth. Additionally, consuming highly pigmented beverages, including coffee, tea, red wine, and sodas regularly can easily stain tooth enamel. Using a straw will help decrease the chance of tooth discoloration caused by these drinks.
How to Whiten Discolored Teeth in Baltimore, MD
There are multiple cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to whiten discolored, stained, or yellowed teeth:
Professional Tooth Whitening: Dr. Greenberg offers teeth whitening treatment in his dental office. He uses whitening gel and light to penetrate stained tooth enamel. Professional whitening treatment lasts when patients continue to maintain their oral health at home and return to our office for touch-ups.
Porcelain Veneers: Crafted from ultra-thin shells of porcelain ceramic, dental veneers cover the front of teeth and can brighten the look of your smile by multiple shades. We manually bond porcelain veneers to teeth for a long-lasting end result.
Tooth Bonding: Dental bonding is a more economical alternative to porcelain veneers that are made up of biocompatible resin. Dr. Greenburg will apply the resin by hand, and cure it with UV light. Dental bonding material blends in with natural teeth or can brighten the appearance of enamel.
Dental Crowns: Durable dental crowns can fully cover single discolored teeth. We can make them from ceramic or resin and can also address tooth damage or weak teeth. Ceramic or resin dental crowns are custom-made to look like the crown of a natural tooth.
Discolored Teeth FAQs
Can a discolored tooth be whitened?
Yes, we can whiten a darkened or yellowed tooth with a traditional whitening treatment. Our dentist will apply the whitening solution to the affected area so that the discolored tooth can match the surrounding teeth.
What does it mean when a tooth is discolored?
A discolored tooth typically means that the tooth has stains from food or certain medications. Tooth staining occurs due to foods and dark drinks that have a lot of sugar. Discoloration can also occur from medications that you take.
Are brown stains on teeth permanent?
Over time, stains and marks on teeth may become permanent. Stains attack tooth enamel, which we cannot rebuild. Enamel does not grow back on its own either. Dark or deeply colored foods and drinks are the most likely to cause staining on teeth.
Can yellow teeth become white again?
Yellow stains on teeth are commonly on the outermost layer of the tooth, so we can whiten and remove those stains fairly quickly. The most common and best method to do this is to visit our offices for professional whitening treatment.
Can a discolored tooth be saved?
Tooth discoloration can be a sign of many things. If caught and treated early, we can save discolored teeth with dental restorations and procedures such as tooth whitening.