A number of factors could lead to teeth stains, and many of these could leave smiles vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and gum disease too. Which is why good oral hygiene habits are so crucial for ensuring beautiful and healthy smiles. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about keeping smiles bright with preventive and cosmetic dentistry.
Preventing Teeth Stains
Often, we can make a few simple changes to our daily routine to help prevent teeth stains and limit the severity of discoloration. For example, we can take time to brush twice a day and floss every evening, which removes food and drink particles before bacteria can break them down. This limits plaque buildup, which could otherwise make stains more visible. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks can also limit plaque buildup. Avoiding tobacco products can prevent stains, as can reducing consumption of drinks with dark pigments, like soda, red wine, coffee, and tea. These actions also help lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease at the same time!
Every six months we want to see our patients for a checkup and cleaning. The cleaning portion can help keep teeth bright by removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth. We do this with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick, and we then polish the teeth afterward. This leaves your smile looking brighter, and helps reduce discoloration. In addition, you’re also less likely to develop cavities and periodontal issues too.
To remove teeth stains, we could offer professional teeth whitening. With a custom-made set of trays and a powerful bleaching gel, you can break up and remove teeth stains from home. Teeth whitening with our trays and gel can brighten smiles by up to eight shades in as little as one to two weeks. You just wear the gel-filled trays for about an hour a day. You then keep the trays and leftover gel for touch-ups in the coming months as needed.
Bonding and Veneers
Our team can also help mask discoloration with bonding and veneers. Dental bonding involves using the same composite resin we use in our tooth-colored fillings to mask discoloration that won’t respond to teeth whitening. We can also mask permanent discoloration with our porcelain veneers, thin shells of porcelain that fit over front of the teeth. If you have any questions about teeth whitening and tips for fighting discoloration, then contact our team today.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT OUR COSMETIC TREATMENTS
We would love to help you enjoy optimal oral health and an attractive smile. If you would like to find out how to keep your smile beautiful, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.