Can You Stain-Proof Teeth?

Everyone loves the appearance of bright smiles with dazzling pearly whites, but how do these people prevent their teeth from staining with shades of yellow, brown, or gray?
 
Tooth discoloration can be difficult to prevent, but possible. There are certain things that you can cut out or limit to get a brighter smile. You can think of it this way: anything that can stain a white shirt can also discolor your teeth, including chocolate, soda, coffee, tea, grape, berries, and red wine. To stain-proof teeth, you have two key options: teeth whitening or preventive procedures.
 
Teeth WhiteningStain-proof Teeth
Also referred to as dental bleaching, teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the US. It not only removes dental staining, but also restores the shine and radiance of your smile.
 
Teeth whitening can be done at home or in-office. The latter only requires a single appointment, though stubborn stains often require two visits or more. During the procedure, a gel or rubber shield is applied over your gums and soft tissue to protect them from the bleaching agent applied to the teeth. This agent is activated with a special light to start the cleaning action.
 
For those who prefer at-home teeth whitening, you can get a customized mouth guard – where you put the bleaching gel – that you insert in your teeth for a specific amount of time. There are also some over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, though they are not as effective as the customized ones.
 
A dental whitening treatment typically lasts for decades, if you maintain a proper diet and personal habits, and follow the recommended oral hygiene products and lifestyle changes.
 
Dental Bonding and Dental Veneers
Dental bleaching can yield brilliant results, but it works best on teeth stained yellow by smoking, taking colored drinks, and age. Brown stains may be harder to remove, while gray stains can completely resist bleaching. In such cases, you may consider alternatives to teeth bleaching, like:
 
• Dental bonding – a technique that uses the same tooth-colored resin as that used in cosmetic fillings to seal gaps between teeth and cover tooth discoloration
• Dental veneers – a technique that involves covering the discolored teeth with a thin layer or composite resin or porcelain
 
Both techniques are more invasive and costly than bleaching, but are resistant to stains. You should, however, note that just as porcelain is resistant to stains, your veneers cannot be affected by bleaching agents once they are set. So, if you intend to whiten your teeth, you should do so before initiating the veneer process.
 
Preventive Dentistry
To prevent your teeth from staining, it is important that you exercise good, consistent oral hygiene, which includes:
 
• Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming anything
• Flossing and brushing every night and morning, as well as 30 minutes after eating or drinking colored liquids
• Regular professional cleanings
 
These daily and occasional tips help to prevent plaque buildup, which is one of the things that contribute to stains on your teeth.
 
 

Alternatives to Dental Tooth Extraction

dental-tooth-extraction-alternativesWhen you have a problem tooth, one of the options to rectify it is by getting the tooth extracted. It is not always the only option, but it is also not the worst. Each case is unique, and sometimes, extraction may be necessary, like to lighten the bite forces. Tooth extraction may also be the only option if:
 

· The tooth is damaged beyond repair. This could be because it is broken or has suffered serious decay. Additionally, if the gums around the tooth have deteriorated to such an extent that even if the tooth is repaired, the bone or gums around that tooth cannot maintain a healthy root, an extraction may be the only option.

 

· The tooth is crooked. Wisdom teeth that are slow to develop tend to grow crookedly as they try to push through existing teeth. Crooked teeth often pose challenges when it comes to maintaining proper oral hygiene, plus they can cause problems with biting and chewing. So, the dentist may recommend that you extract them.

 

· As part of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatments are supposed to help in realigning and straightening teeth, and you may have to remove some teeth in order to create enough space for the remaining ones to grow into shape.

 
On the other hand, keeping your original teeth is always better. Tooth extraction is often a last result since it can lead to additional complications. For instance, gaps in the mouth cause other teeth to shift as they try to compensate for the missing tooth, which can cause problems with oral health and hygiene. Removing teeth can also cause patients to suffer from headaches and migraines, sleep apnea, TMJ pain, posture problems, and other problems.
 
Saving Your Teeth!
 
Most dentists try to save the damaged tooth unless the situation is dire. Common alternatives for extractions include:
 

· Crowns – If the amount of tooth remaining above the gum line is sufficient, a crown can be attached and the tooth restored to provide a functional and aesthetic result.

 

· Root canals – This procedure requires the dentist to drill an opening into the tooth in order to remove the canal contents. The canal is then enlarged and filled with material to the end of the root.

 

· Apicoectomy – This procedure is only performed after a failed root canal, or when root canal therapy cannot be done. The process involves the removal of the tooth’s tip – which is typically the issue with a failed root canal.

 
The last alternative to tooth extraction is taking better care of your teeth. The most common reasons for tooth removal are because of decay or damage. If you clean your teeth properly, you can successfully avoid these issues. You need to rinse your mouth with water after every meal (or drink), floss once a day, brush twice a day, avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and schedule a cleaning with your dentist every six months.