Aging is a key factor in life. It also plays a big part in relation to the state of our teeth. With many different factors such as diet, habits and genes – over time, our once pearly whites become yellow and stained.
According to the World Health Organization, people tend to have psychological problems due to their discolored teeth. One’s self-esteem begins to decline and they become uncomfortable socializing. Which is why it’s vital to either prevent or spot and treat stained teeth early on.
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However, the good news is that the damage is preventable. If you’ve looked into having your teeth whitened or veneers fitted and seem to still have a few queries, our Specialist Prosthodontist Dr. Omar Aldaoudi provides you with a list of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about heavily stained teeth.
What are the main causes of heavily stained teeth?
What is the difference between teeth whitening and veneers?
|The shade fades with time||Permanent solution|
|Reduction of tooth structure is not required||Minimal reduction of tooth structure (preparation) is generally required|
Veneers can be done without preparation (Non-prep veneers) for some specific cases
|Can only improve the shade, does not improve the shape or close gaps||Can improve the shade and shape|
|Lower cost||Higher cost|
Are veneers the better option for patients with heavily stained teeth?
Are there any long-term solutions?
Can patients maintain their daily oral hygiene routines during the process of having their veneers fitted?
Any final tips for patients with heavily stained teeth?
- Avoid smoking, staining foods and drinks.
- Use non-abrasive tooth paste.
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene.
- Visit your dental hygienist every 4-6 months.
- Avoid excessive exposure to fluoride for your children.