Despite what you may think, teeth aren’t pure white, and their color changes throughout your life. They are brighter when you’re a child because baby teeth generally have more enamel covering them as they develop. After your 32 permanent teeth replace your baby teeth, more dentin (the layer underneath the enamel) tends to show through, making your teeth appear light gray or pale yellow.
However, if you have dark teeth, it’s likely due to tooth discoloration, which can result from lifestyle choices, medications, or other factors.
For stains and other discoloration due to cosmetic issues, veneers cover them and other tooth imperfections. To see if veneers are the best solution for you, let’s look at common reasons for discoloration in teeth, how veneers can help, and what to expect from having them applied.
If you live in the Bellevue, Washington area and you’re dealing with discolored teeth, the dental team at EZ Dental Clinic can help find a solution that improves your smile.
Reasons for teeth stains
Discoloration in teeth can occur because of diet, lifestyle habits, and other causes, including:
- Food and drinks: coffee, tea, wine, berries, and beets
- Habits: tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco can stain teeth
- Medications: tetracycline and doxycycline affect enamel formation
- Trauma: mouth injuries can darken teeth
- Aging: tooth enamel wears away with age, revealing the dentin beneath
How veneers help
Veneers are porcelain or tooth-colored composite coverings we place on the front of your teeth to cover numerous imperfections in teeth, including discoloration, chips, breaks, and misshapen or undersized teeth.
Different types of veneers are available depending on your needs, including composite veneers for mild cosmetic problems, porcelain veneers for various imperfections, no-prep veneers that require less time to make, and even removable veneers that work like retainers.
Whichever you choose, they will cover your imperfections and leave you with natural-looking teeth that make you feel more confident about opening your mouth and sharing a smile.
What to expect from the procedure
After we evaluate your teeth (checking for gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems) and you’re ready for veneers, we remove about a millimeter of enamel from the tooth to ensure a proper fit. We then create an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab for manufacturing, which can take up to two weeks. We apply a temporary set of veneers while you wait.
Once they’re ready, we thoroughly clean your teeth and bond the permanent veneers into place using dental cement.
You walk away with brighter, cleaner teeth you can share with the world. Find out if veneers are the best option for you — make an appointment with the team at EZ Dental Clinic today.