We specialise on teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures that restore the natural brightness of your smile.
What Is Teeth Discolouration?
Teeth discolouration refers to changes in the colour of teeth from their typical white shade. It can be extrinsic, affecting the outer enamel, or intrinsic, altering the inner dentin. Causes range from dietary habits and ageing to medications and certain medical conditions. Proper dental care can help prevent and mitigate this issue.
Causes of Discoloured Teeth
Most often, discolouration happens when drinking too much or taking a certain type of drug. Other times, it can be caused by particular high in sugar or salt foods. There are also times when discolouration occurs because of a virus, bacteria or fungus.
In addition to these causes, there are other reasons why people might have teeth discoloured – primarily if they practice certain dental hygiene habits.
One of the most common reasons is what we eat and drink. Beverages like coffee, red wine, and tea can cause teeth to become stained. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also cause teeth to become discoloured.
Another common reason for tooth discolouration is age. As people get older, their teeth often start to yellow.
- Tooth decay: This is a common cause of tooth discolouration. When tooth decay is left untreated, it can cause the tooth to become black or brown.
- Tooth wear: This is caused by grinding your teeth, using your teeth to open bottles or cans, or using them to chew on complex objects. Over time, this can cause the teeth to become yellow or brown.
- Tobacco use: Tobacco can cause the teeth to become yellow, brown, or black.
- Food and drink: Foods and drinks high in colours, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, can cause the teeth to become discoloured.
- Alcohol use: regular intake of alcohol can cause tooth discoloured.
- Cannabis use: also called marijuana or weed. It can lead to an increased risk of teeth discoloured and gum problems.
While most people know that bad dental hygiene can cause various health problems, only a few people understand the direct link between bad dental hygiene and tooth discolouration.
This phenomenon is called dental fluorosis. It is caused by high levels of fluoride in municipal water supplies (and thus fluoridated water). Unfortunately, most people don’t realise that fluoride is a hazardous substance and can cause serious health problems.
Dental fluorosis is the most visible form of tooth discolouration, but it isn’t the only one. There are many other forms too. These include:
- dental xerostomia: in which the teeth have become so damaged that they are no longer covered by enamel (it’s like having a hole in your mouth);
- papillary fibrosis: which occurs when teeth become abnormally white;
- enamel hypoplasia: where the enamel has been damaged;
- algogenic staining: occurs when coloured areas are present on the teeth due to weak enamel (this colouring may be yellow or red).
Once you have tooth discolouration, it usually takes several months to go away completely (which is why it’s important to speak with your dentist about what might be causing it). The simplest way to help speed up this process is with regular dental visits from your dentist.
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Whiter Teeth at Mindarie Quinns Dental Centre
Our skilled dental team specialises in providing effective treatments for teeth discolouration, including professional teeth whitening services and cosmetic procedures.
With years of experience and a deep understanding of the latest techniques and products, we are dedicated to delivering safe and exceptional results. Trust us to help you achieve the beautiful, radiant smile you deserve with our personalised and expert care.
How Do Dentists Treat Discoloured Teeth?
This is often the first line of treatment. Dentists can remove surface stains that regular home cleaning can’t manage, restoring your teeth’s natural colour.
For persistent extrinsic stains, your dentist might recommend a professional whitening treatment. This procedure involves the application of a bleaching agent to the teeth and can significantly brighten your smile.
If discolouration can’t be corrected with cleaning or whitening, veneers may be an option. These are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth, giving them a more classic, white appearance.
In this procedure, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the teeth and hardened with a special light. This bonds the material to the tooth to improve its appearance.
For severe discolouration, a dentist might suggest a crown, which fully covers a tooth, restoring its normal shape and appearance.
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