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What can be done if I have stained or discolored teeth?

There is beauty in the magic splendor of softly falling flakes of snow against the backdrop of winter's color palate, but when it comes to teeth, most people want one shade: the whitest white that white can be.
Unfortunately, teeth come in many shades and can change color from a variety of causes. As the tooth enamel develops, the color can be affected by many factors; stains from food and drink can darken teeth over time, usually resulting in a yellow or orange hue. Illness can discolor dentin, and heredity or environmental factors can discolor both dentin and enamel. In rare cases, injury can discolor either dentin or enamel. Maternal use of certain antibiotics, notably those of the tetracycline family, during pregnancy can cause brown or grey discoloration of the baby's tooth enamel. Children who take this medication during the period of permanent tooth development may have similar discoloration of the permanent teeth.

Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while other just wants a whiter shade. Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be caused by your genetic make-up or simply getting older.  Bleaching can be performed by us in the office or, under our supervision, at home. Many patients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient. Treatment begins when we create a custom mouthpiece to ensure the correct amount of whitening solution -10 % to 20 % carbamide peroxide- is used and that your teeth are properly exposed. Typically, whitening at home takes two or three weeks, depending on the desired shade you wish to achieve. Whitening in the office may call for two to six 45-minute visits to our office.

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