Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments for Tooth Stains
Dental staining can occur over time due to environmental factors or as a result of genetics, trauma, or medications. Yellowed or discolored teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many patients. Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dentistry treatments for tooth stains available at Astoria Dental Group, serving Queens, NY, Long Island, NY, and the greater NYC area.
In this blog post, our team discusses the different types of dental stains. We will also explore the most common cosmetic treatments used to conceal discoloration and enhance your overall appearance.
Types of Tooth Stains
Before we explore various cosmetic treatments, we will briefly discuss the two types of dental staining. These include:
- Extrinsic: These stains occur as a result of dark-colored foods and beverages. When things like coffee, tea, red wine, and sodas come into contact with the enamel, they can cause the teeth to become discolored over time. Extrinsic discoloration only affects the outermost layers of a tooth.
- Intrinsic: Unlike extrinsic stains, intrinsic stains penetrate deep into the innermost layers of a tooth. These stains are usually due to genetic factors, certain medications, or trauma to the mouth.
If you are considering cosmetic treatments for tooth stains, the procedure recommended for you will depend on the type of staining you have and your personal oral health goals. Below, we will take a look at some of the most popular cosmetic options for concealing discoloration.
Professional teeth whitening is the go-to treatment for extrinsic dental staining. A powerful hydrogen peroxide gel is used to break apart discoloration and lift stains from the teeth. Whitening can be performed in-office or at home for your convenience. Both options are dentist-supervised for optimal outcomes.
Dental bonding is an excellent option for treating intrinsic stains that cannot be removed with whitening. During this process, your dentist applies composite resin to the affected teeth. This material is custom-matched to your smile for seamless results. Once the composite resin is shaped and molded, your dentist hardens it with a curing light. Finally, the teeth are polished for natural-looking results.
Patients who are seeking truly lifelike results can opt for porcelain veneers. These restorations can camouflage intrinsic stains and bring more balance to your appearance. Veneers are tailor-made with medical-grade ceramic and are affixed to the front teeth surfaces. This treatment can usually be completed in two office visits.
Sometimes discoloration is accompanied by damage or decay. When the teeth require a more stability and reinforcement, dental crowns may be recommended. Unlike veneers, which only cover the front surfaces of the teeth, crowns fit over the entire tooth structure. At Astoria Dental Group, we can craft all-ceramic crowns for a natural look and feel. In most cases, dental crown treatment can be completed in two appointments.
Contact Our Office Today
If dental stains are keeping you from smiling, consider cosmetic dentistry at Astoria Dental Group. No matter what your cosmetic concern, our doctors can address the issue, enhance your appearance, and boost your confidence. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call our office at (718) 278-1123.