By the time most people reach adulthood, simply drinking tea or coffee will cause some staining to teeth. In addition, genetics, tobacco use, stress level, diet, and medications can impact the appearance of teeth. What this means is that, if you have spots or discoloration on your teeth, you are not alone. Luckily there are several treatments that can give you the bright, white smile you crave.
1. Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and accessible options to fix spots on teeth. Whitening can also be a very affordable option simply due to the vast number of products available. Many people will combine different products to achieve desired results, such as scheduling a professional in-office dental whitening, then using whitening toothpaste when brushing and using whitening trays at home for periodic touch-ups as needed.
Here are some of the most popular ways to whiten your teeth
Whitening strips or pens
Professional dental tooth whitening
2. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is a way to repair not just spots on teeth but also grooves, fissures, and other surface imperfections.
Dental bonding is similar to veneers and crowns but less involved, in that a type of resinous material is applied to the tooth’s surface to even out the color and overall appearance of teeth.
Dental bonding also has more extensive impact than simple whitening, and can even change the shape of the teeth (such as closing gaps between teeth or lengthening teeth). Because dental bonding is a relatively quick in-office outpatient procedure, it is often more affordable as well.
3. Porcelain veneers
A porcelain veneer is a custom-made cover for each tooth. Porcelain veneers are considered a relatively permanent way to fix both spots on teeth and surface irregularities. Some of the tooth’s surface is filed away to give the veneer room and a surface to adhere to. The veneer is bonded to the tooth, changing how the smile appears. Veneers are the best option if, in addition to unwanted discoloration, you also have chips, cracks, gaps, worn teeth, or irregularly shaped teeth that do not match.
With these three options, you can find the best fix for your budget, your personal situation, and your smile improvement goals. iF you would like to learn more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, please download my free e-book, “Cosmetic Dentistry is for Everyone”.