The cause of tooth stains is not always the result of colored foods and beverages. Some suffer from stains caused by medication, fluoride, tobacco, aging, or trauma to the tooth. Depending on the severity of the stain and its type these people may not benefit greatly from teeth whitening. They will of course benefit to some degree however prior to using tooth whitening it’s important you have realistic expectations and consider consulting with your dentist prior to use.
Single dark tooth:
If you have one tooth that is darker than the rest it is either the result of trauma to the tooth or the effect of a medication. If the cause of the single dark tooth is from trauma it means either: 1) iron from your blood saturated the dentin of the tooth which resulted in deep internal staining or 2) the trauma caused an uneven surface of the tooth enabling the single tooth to collect stains at a faster rate than the other teeth. This discolored tooth can be crowned or an almost matching veneer could be used. However, that is an expensive option to consider and is not for everyone. The affordable way to fix your smile in this case is clip on veneers.
White spots on the teeth:
When you look closely in the mirror do you notice white spots scattered on your teeth or perhaps only 1 white spot? White spots on your teeth are usually the earliest sign of carious lesion (cavity formation). Don’t worry, this does not mean you need to rush to the dentist but you should be sure to continue with your 6 month checkups and cleaning so your dentist can keep an eye on it. Essentially what is happening is the tooth is losing calcium in a process termed decalcification. Decalcification is usually caused by a combination of diet and low saliva production. It cannot be reversed; however it can be managed through hydration and re-mineralization by certain dental products to get that smile bight and healthy.
Whitening Dental work:
Granted this is not a type of stain it seems fitting for the discussion since a frequently asked question is “will teeth whitening whiten veneers, caps, crowns, etc.?” The surface of dental restorations are smooth like glass and do not have pores in it like the tooth. Because the surface and smooth and without pores staining substances cannot latch on and stain the dental restoration which means your restoration does not have stains to remove. If you did not have your teeth whitened prior to having the restoration installed it is likely the natural color of your teeth differ from the natural color of your dental restoration. So with clip on veneers, you do not see the difference, as the color is a natural flow on the entire set.
Stains caused by Tetracycline:
Tetracyclines are a group of varying antibiotics used to treat common bacterial infections. If tetracycline is taken by the mother during pregnancy from the second trimester onward or if the child takes tetracycline from birth through age 12 it can cause tooth staining. The severity of stain varies based on the age of the individual and the period of time they were exposed to tetracycline. Research is not conclusive as to whether or not teeth whitening can remove tetracycline stains.
This is where clip-on veneers can come to the rescue.
Tooth staining is just one of the countless side effects caused by tobacco use. The staining is caused by both the nicotine and tar. Nicotine is colorless however when mixed with oxygen it turns yellow which of course latches on to and within the tooth after repeated use. Even if the nicotine and tar do not latch on to the tooth your entire mouth is lined with it. Saliva flow keeps it in constant contact with the tooth making it impossible to avoid tobacco induced stains on the tooth. Fortunately with repeated use of teeth whitening tobacco stains can be removed and managed. But this can be an expensive affair considering the number of Dentist’s office visits, you will need to make. In this case, clip-on veneers should work as they are removable and easy to clean. That being said, over all dental hygiene is to be maintained thoroughly.
Yes, fluoride is said to promote tooth health, too much of it can create less than attractive and very stubborn stains on the tooth. Roughly 22% of the population has dental fluorosis to some degree; however for most people the fluoride stains are very mild because our water supply is laced with fluoride with the concentration ratio is on the rise so are the number of reported cases of those suffering from dental fluorosis. These stubborn spots have nowhere to go unless treated by porcelain veneers, which is a considerably heavy dent in your wallet! Clip-on veneers, by Alpha Veneers again come to the rescue here.So, whatever be your reason for a shade other than pearly white – Clip on Veneers by Alpha Veneers is a solution worth considering, as your smile is definitely worth it!