O’Fallon Cosmetic Dentist Explains How to Combat Dental Staining Over Time

Written by Dr. Brace on Aug 28, 2013

You may have noticed that over the years your teeth have started to look a little darker or stained. The truth is that this cosmetic problem is very common among adult patients. But you do not have to suffer with these symptoms indefinitely—there are treatment options that will help you rejuvenate the appearance of your smile in no time.

Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentist office can help you achieve your dental goals. So let’s get started learning about the causes and treatments of dental discoloration.

Why does dental staining develop in the first place?

1. Certain substances will cause external environmental stains—some of these substances are coffee, cola, tea, red wine, chocolate, and red sauces. These stains accumulate over a long period of time.

2. If you have bacterial build-up in your mouth, it will probably mar the appearance of your smile. Plaque and tartar can look dark on your teeth, especially along the gum line.

3. Dental enamel also thins with age, so dark/yellow dentin begins to show through to the surface of your teeth.

To combat these cosmetic problems, the first thing that you should do is to keep your smile as clean as possible. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and remember to complete a professional dental cleaning at least every six months.

You can also pursue cosmetic dentistry treatments to combat existing stains. Professional dental whitening treatments can lighten your teeth quickly, comfortably, and affordable. If professional dental whitening does not work for you, you can alternately lighten your smile with cosmetic veneers.

No matter what the current state of your smile, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentist office can help you achieve the smile you have been dreaming of. Just contact our office to get the information you need, or to schedule you personal consultation with our dentist!