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How do dentists whiten a discolored tooth?

How do dentists whiten a discolored tooth?

Bleach: A tooth can be discolored for many reasons, and it's important that you discuss these reasons with your dentist first. Once it has been determined what caused the discoloration, the alternatives for making it "white" again can be discussed, and they can range from teeth whitening or "bleaching" to cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneer/crown. ...Read more

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What could cause a discolored front tooth in children?

What could cause a discolored front tooth in children?

Primary or permanent: If the tooth in question is a primary (baby) tooth there are mainly three possibilities. Trauma, it is ready to fall out, or decay. If the tooth is a permanent tooth it could be trauma, decay, or the fact that permanent teeth are a little darker than the primary teeth. Best to let a dentist examine the child to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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To fix just one discolored/ chipped front tooth do you recommend a veneer or composite bonding? I'm afraid bonding is too brittle and will need fixin

To fix just one discolored/ chipped front tooth do you recommend a veneer or composite bonding? I'm afraid bonding is too brittle and will need fixin

Speak with DDS: Need to physically see to comment. Have dentist evaluate and discuss pros and cons to treatment. Many times composite bonding will not hold up long term based on the amount of tooth structure needed to replace and the bite. ...Read more

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I have tooth discoloration. Help?

I have tooth discoloration. Help?

See a dentist: By "tooth discoloration" do you mean 1 tooth or all your teeth. If you are asking about 1 tooth, see a dentist as soon as you can. This could indicate a serious problem with your tooth. If all your teeth are discolored then see a dentist to get different options. ...Read more

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What causes tooth discoloration ?

What causes  tooth discoloration  ?

Tooth discoloration?: Coffee, tea and smoking are the biggest culprits for causing external staining of teeth. Natural teeth do tend to get darker over time as the enamel thins exposing more of the internal dentin of the tooth which is darker. Traumatic blows to teeth can cause internal staining. Amalgam fillings tend to leak resulting in dark graying of teeth. Teeth can decalcify from acids produced by food & bacteria. ...Read more

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What can I do for tooth discoloration?

See your dentist.: There are many causes of tooth discolorations. Your dentist can diagnose the cause and recommend treatment options for tooth discolorations, such as bleaching, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or a professional prophylaxis (cleaning). ...Read more

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What can be done for tooth discoloration?

Many options: Micro abrasion can remove minor enamel discolorations and stains; tooth bleaching can lighten more general internal colors; bonding, porcelain veneers, or crowns can be placed over tooth structure to mask color. ...Read more

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What illness could cause tooth discoloration?

What illness could  cause tooth discoloration?

Illnesses in mothers: Infections in pregnant mothers can cause intrinsic (on the inside of the tooth) discoloration in their offspring by effecting the enamel as it develops. Certain drugs taken by preganant mothers can also cause discoloration of their childs teeth such as takeing tetracycline during preganancy. Illness can sometimes result in extrinsic staining (on the outside) because it effects dental hygiene. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about tooth discoloration?

Different origins: Some stain can accumulate like coffee, tea if you'd don't brush carefully and well( a dentist cans remove this with a cleaning. Some stains you can be born with, and they may require cosmetic work like bleaching or veneers/crowns ...Read more

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Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Not really: Crest white strips or any otc similar product will only whiten teeth that are slightly yellow but healthy otherwise . If your discoloration is due to developmental issues : antibiotics taken in early years, hypo calcification from over fluoridation , then strips won't help. See your dentist for an evaluation! ...Read more

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