Dental discoloration can affect many people, but not all people with this problem have it for the same reason. While it is common for dental discoloration to be connected with teeth stains, some patients who want to do something about the brightness of their smile need to address intrinsic discoloration. This term refers to any problem within the tooth structure that changes the color of your teeth. At our Moreno Valley, CA dental practice, we can evaluate your smile to see whether intrinsic discoloration has affected your appearance, or if you are someone who needs to address teeth stains. While teeth whitening treatments are effective at fighting stains, we may need to suggest another cosmetic dental procedure if internal problems are identified.
1. Teeth Whitening Treatment
Teeth whitening treatment is frequently recommended for people who have issues with discoloration. The whitening agents that your dentist can provide help deal with difficult stains that have gathered and settled in your enamel over time. While store bought whitening agents can help with superficial stains, they are less effective at removing stains that gather below the surface.
2. Treatment With Porcelain Veneers
Intrinsic discoloration can be caused by multiple problems. Some medications can change the color of teeth, leading to concerns about the way you look when you smile. It is also possible for discoloration to occur after a physical injury. If these issues occur, or if there is any other problem of this nature, like enamel erosion, that changes the color of your smile, we can discuss other treatment options to improve your smile. With porcelain veneers, we can cover intrinsic discoloration. These thin shells are also capable of positively changing your appearance by improving the shape and size of teeth, and in some cases by addressing problems with alignment and spacing.
3. The Placement Of Dental Crowns
For severe discoloration, it may be necessary to cap teeth with dental crowns to effectively improve their color. Before recommending this approach, your dentist will carefully evaluate teeth to see if this is called for, as crowns do require more preparatory work than porcelain veneers. Another benefit to using crowns is that they can provide more bite support, which can be advantageous if your teeth are worn down or in poor health.
Talk To Your Moreno Valley, CA Dentist About Making Your Smile Whiter
Your Moreno Valley, CA dentist is ready to work with you on improving the color and condition of your smile! To find out more, or to contact one of our other locations closer to you, please reach out to us at the following:
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.