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?
Teeth discoloration is a common problem among patients. It is very important to determine the type and cause of the discoloration in order to provide adequate treatment. Stains could be external (on the surface of the teeth), this is generally caused by smoking or excessive consumption of certain foods or drinks such as coffee, tea, sodas, berries, etc. Discoloration can also be internal due to trauma, excessive fluoride exposure or the use of tetracycline during childhood or genetic dental malformations.
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?
The treatment plan depends on the case, type of discoloration and expectations of the patient. At Dr. Michael's Dental Clinic, we offer all the mentioned solutions, we decide on the appropriate treatment based on a thorough evaluation of the case and after discussing the different options with our patients.
Are there any long-term solutions?
The treatment depends on the type of discoloration. Simple external stains can be removed during hygienist visits through professional cleaning and polishing. Resistant stains can be whitened using in office, home whitening or internal whitening techniques. Veneers or crowns are sometimes the ideal permanent solution for severe stains.
Can patients maintain their daily oral hygiene routines during the process of having their veneers fitted?
Yes, excellent brushing and flossing is recommended for all patients. Perfectly fitted veneers/crowns do not cause gingival bleeding nor bad smells if you maintain excellent oral hygiene and visit the hygienist regularly.
Any final tips for patients with heavily stained teeth?
Prevention is the key:
- 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.
Dr. Omar Aldaoudi
DU, CES, DIU
Specialist Prosthodontist, France
Dr. Michael's Dental Clinic, Umm Suqeim Dubai