You can tell when you look in the mirror. Your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be.
You have tried to take care of your teeth. You brush. You floss.
But then again, you do like your coffee. Is that why your teeth have lost their luster?
At the office of Dr. Fred Thompson, D.D.S., we don’t want you to worry about your not-so-white smile. Instead, we want to talk to you about how we can help with cosmetic dentistry.
If you are looking for a whiter smile, then we offer two options that can change your teeth at our dentist office, which serves patients in and around Richardson and Dallas. Teeth whitening removes stains from your teeth while veneers can be used to cover up your teeth, instead.
Which option is right for you? Keep reading to learn more.
Why Are Your Teeth Are Discolored?
The first thing we need to know is why your teeth look the way that they do.
Here’s something you need to accept from the start. Your teeth are not going to stay white without some extra effort.
If you buy a new white shirt, you can wash it and press it every time you wear it. Eventually, it will look like an older shirt.
Now, think about that in terms of your teeth. How often do you use your teeth? (We are assuming you use them every day.) Wear and tear are normal for anything, whether it is a piece of clothing, the computer or tablet you are using to read this, or your teeth.
With that in mind, some things do cause your teeth to change colors faster than others. Here are some of the most likely reasons your teeth have become yellow or discolored:
- Tobacco — Every tobacco products you can use will cause your teeth to become stained. Cigarettes, cigars, chew, dip, and snuff all hurt your oral health and the appearances of your teeth.
- Tooth decay — You have to take care of your teeth. If you don’t, then you can develop tooth decay, which can cause teeth to change to colors that you won’t want to see.
- Drinks — Anything with color or sugar can hurt your teeth. This includes coffee, soft drinks, tea, and wine, among any number of other beverages.
- Food — Just as some drinks are worse for your teeth than others, so too are some foods. Tomatoes, strawberries, and blueberries are just a few examples of foods that can and will speed up the staining process.
- Diseases — Some diseases can damage the protective enamel on your teeth. Other times, it’s not the disease but the treatment that causes your teeth problems. For instance, radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and some medicines will cause your teeth to change colors.
- Trauma — An injury to your teeth can affect them in many ways. One of them is causing your teeth to change color
Why Should You Try Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening products are the fastest way to remove years or decades of stains from your teeth.
We know that the whitening products at the grocery store may seem tempting. Many of them use the same ingredients as professional products.
There are some significant differences, however. One of them is the amount of the active ingredient in the products. Professional products are stronger because they have a higher concentration of those ingredients.
This is why commercial products can take weeks or months to show minor improvements to your smile.
Our in-office professional products can dramatically improve your smile in one visit, and our take-home products can give you much better results in the same time as commercial ones.
Why Should You Try Veneers?
We’ve noted that stains aren’t the only cause of teeth discoloration. Veneers will make your teeth whiter, no matter why they are yellow or dark.
Veneers are like false fingernails for your teeth, except veneers can last for decades with proper care.
Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth. Rather that trying to remove the discoloration, veneers are our way of covering them up. It’s like a new paint job for your car or a new cover for your cell phone.
Want To See A Brighter Smile?
If you have any questions about teeth whitening, veneers, or our other cosmetic service, schedule an appointment at the office of Dr. Fred Thompson, D.D.S., in Richardson, TX.
You can reach us by calling 972-619-5592 or by filling out our online form.