Tooth discolouration can range from white streaks to yellow tints or brown spots and pits.
It is usually unsightly and may make you feel uncomfortable.
Teeth can become discoloured either through stains on the surface or changes inside the tooth. Staining of the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) may be caused by foods and beverages such as coffee and wine. Smoking may also cause external stains.
However, when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens, internal discoloration develops. This type of discolouration may result from too much exposure to fluoride during early childhood; history of tetracycline antibiotics use; root canal treatment or trauma to the affected tooth/ teeth.
Also, thinning of the enamel may cause the yellow tinted dentin to show through as we get older.
After assessment, our dentists will provide you with a take home bleaching kit and custom whitening trays, constructed to perfectly fit your teeth.
For internal stains however, tooth whitening may not be effective. In such case, our dentists will discuss treatment options and may recommend covering the discoloured areas. This may also be useful when the tooth is chipped, badly damaged or slightly misaligned.
A tooth can be covered with a colour-matched composite bonding material, crown or veneer. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that cover the outer surfaces of the teeth