Why have your teeth lost their whiteness? There is no single answer to this question, as there are multiple potential causes. Your diet, and daily habits (like smoking) could be contributing to discoloration over time by staining your teeth. This is what is commonly known as extrinsic discoloration. However, your teeth could suffer intrinsic discoloration, which could be a consequence of physical injury, or a side effect of medication or a medical treatment. Professional teeth whitening will not be the way to treat every form of discoloration; luckily, other cosmetic dental treatments can be performed to help.
True Or False: Extrinsic Discoloration (Discoloration Caused By Stains In Your Enamel) Is Not Effectively Treated By Professional Whitening Treatments
False! Extrinsic discoloration can be effectively treated by a professional whitening treatment, as the whitening agents are intended to break apart enamel stains. However, intrinsic discoloration is not so easily treated through this procedure.
True Or False: Dental Bonding Can Cover Up Discoloration Rooted In Physical Injury
True! Sometimes, a tooth will produce more dentin in the aftermath of physical trauma. This means more protection for your pulp, but it comes at the cost of your tooth’s appearance. Dental bonding is able to cover up this type of intrinsic discoloration.
True Or False: You Never Have To Worry About Your Porcelain Veneers Losing Their Color
False! The good news: porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so you have real protection against discoloration. The bad news: you can still stain them, and unlike enamel, the porcelain does not respond to whiteners. You can keep your veneers looking their best by being careful not to indulge in habits you would expect to cause teeth stains.
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