It’s hard to want to smile when your teeth are faded or discolored. Fortunately, numerous approaches can help transform yellow teeth so you look your best.
At Bell Family Dental PC in Bayside, New York, our team offers comprehensive dental care services, from general and cosmetic dentistry to orthodontic treatment. If you have yellow, dull, or discolored teeth, here are a few ways they can help.
A professional cleaning
Believe it or not, sometimes dull and discolored teeth only need a professional cleaning. That’s because everyday habits like drinking tea, coffee, or red wine can leave your teeth stained. And, if you smoke or use other tobacco problems, you can develop similar staining as well.
A dental cleaning goes far beyond removing plaque and tartar buildup. We also use professional tools to remove stubborn stains. The last step of your cleaning involves polishing your teeth and giving them a thorough flossing.
At the end of your visit, you leave with a whiter, brighter smile along with healthier teeth and gums.
Sometimes, a professional cleaning isn’t enough to restore the natural brilliance of your teeth. That’s because teeth start to lose their luster over time for several reasons, such as:
- Tobacco use
- Trauma to a tooth or the mouth
When this discoloration leads to deep staining, professional whitening can help you achieve a brighter smile during a single office visit or in the comfort of your own home over a few weeks.
Unlike over-the-counter whitening systems, our treatments use professional-grade formulas that provide faster, safer, and more effective results. Choosing professional whitening also guarantees that you reach the level of whiteness you desire while addressing any dental issues.
Professional whitening is an easy solution that can transform your smile. However, not all tooth discoloration responds to bleaching. For example, if you have tooth discoloration from an injury or medications, bleaching may not be the best option. Instead, our team could recommend veneers.
Instead of bleaching your tooth to achieve the ideal shade, we use veneers to conceal it. We bond thin, tooth-colored shells of porcelain to the front of your teeth. This versatile treatment is relatively quick, pain-free, and completely transforms several dental imperfections — including discoloration.
During your visit, we work closely with you to create the perfect veneers customized to the precise length, shape, and color to match your surrounding teeth. Bonding them in place involves removing a tiny layer of existing enamel. That ensures a comfortable, natural fit for the veneers, which is no thicker than a contact lens.
Once in place, you care for your veneers just like your natural teeth, through daily brushing and flossing and professional cleanings. And they’re stain-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about discoloration returning! With proper care, you can expect your veneers to last up to 15 years.