Deeply Stained Teeth? 3 Ways To Get A Whiter Smile

There are a lot of things that can lead to stained or discolored teeth. Much of the staining that happens to teeth is due to certain foods and drinks, such as coffee and wine, or things like smoking. It's also possible for teeth to become discolored due to injury or the use of certain medications such as tetracycline. Teeth stains are either extrinsic, which means that they are on the outside of the enamel, or intrinsic, which means they are deeper within the tooth. Intrinsic staining in particular can be difficult to get rid of. If you want a whiter smile, here are three ways your dentist may be able to help.

Teeth Whitening

One of the fastest ways to get a whiter smile is through teeth whitening. While teeth whitening can be done at home, you are likely to see much better results by having it done by your dentist. Teeth whitening uses a peroxide solution in order to lift the stains. In-office teeth whitening, such as zoom whitening, can whiten your teeth several shades in just one visit. Costs for in-office teeth whitening can vary but most cost between $300 and $1,000. While teeth whitening can remove deep stains, it often works best for those who have a lot of extrinsic staining.

Dental Bonding

If you have discoloration due to trauma or injury to the teeth or have isolated areas of darker staining, dental bonding may be the best option for you. Dental bonding uses tooth colored resin in order to fix problem areas in the teeth. It can be used to improve the color and hide discoloration in isolated areas. Dental bonding can be done quickly and is a fast way to see noticeable results. Costs can vary but on average you can expect to pay between $300 and $600 per tooth. 

Dental Veneers

If you have severely stained teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments, dental veneers may be the best option. Veneers are also a good choice if multiple teeth have deep stains that are difficult or impossible to remove. Veneers are tooth colored shells made of porcelain or composite that are attached to the outside of your teeth. Dental veneers can completely change the size, shade, and color of your teeth. If you want a complete smile makeover, veneers may work for you. However, it does come at a high cost. Dental veneers range in price from $500 to $1,100 per tooth. 

If you have deeply stained teeth, your dentist may be able to help. In-office teeth whitening, dental bonding, and dental veneers may be able to help you get the whiter smile you are looking for.