Dark or yellow spots on your teeth can occur because of the food and drinks that you consume every day. Coffee, red wine, fruit juices and even soy sauce and tomato sauce can leave behind dark stains or make your teeth look yellow. On top of the staining foods, soda and some fruits and vegetables contain high levels of acidity that eat through your enamel. Cavities are another cause of darks spots on teeth.
While teeth whitening, whether it’s an over the counter or a professional treatment, can help to get rid of some stains, what do you do to cover up spots that don’t respond to abrasives (whitening toothpastes) or bleaching?
1. Hide cavities with dental crowns
A dental crown is a cap that fits over a damaged tooth to return function and strength. If you have a large cavity that left a black or dark brown spot on your tooth, a dental crown can effectively cover it up.
2. Restore chipped and damaged teeth with dental bonding
Chips and crack are another dental problem that can cause discoloration. Dental bonding is a special process that involves applying resin over the crack or chip and hardening it with a special light. The resin comes in a variety of colors that lets your damaged tooth blend with the rest of your teeth. Bonding works well on chipped teeth, a tooth that shows signs of decay or a fractured tooth.
3. Use veneers for a bright smile
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are applied to the front of your teeth. They can cover up stains and spots as well as change the shape of teeth, fill in gaps between teeth or straighten the appearance of crooked teeth.
What method is best for your teeth? Find out
The cause of the spots on your teeth often dictate what’s the best treatment. If you would like to find out if any of the above noted treatments could help you, please come in for a complimentary consultation.