If you look in the mirror or take a selfie and find yourself discouraged because of the color of your teeth, it may be time to address it. Not all tooth discoloration is caused by coffee-drinking or cigarette-smoking, so how do you know the right method for your smile? Your dental team in Mansfield, Texas can help you decide how best to address your smile’s discoloration. The cause of the discoloration will determine the method in which to remove it or cover it. Understanding your smile could be the key to getting you brighter teeth. 

When Was Your Last Cleaning?

Everyone should visit the dentist once every six months or twice a year for a cleaning and an exam. A dental cleaning can remove buildup of plaque and tartar that may have accumulated since your last cleaning. Often after the buildup is removed, the teeth appear brighter and whiter. More importantly, however, a dental cleaning helps to keep your smile healthy.

Whitening Treatments

If stains have permeated the outer layer of your teeth to cause yellowing or browning, a whitening treatment may help to break up the stains and get your teeth brighter. Dark beverages, cigarette smoke, or just time can all contribute to extrinsic (external) discoloration of the teeth.

Beyond Whitening

The outer layer of your teeth is translucent, which means what lies beneath can often be seen. Tooth trauma, such as internal bleeding, can cause a tooth to look stained on the outside when really the problem comes from within. In these situations, no amount of whitening or cleaning the outside of the tooth will help. Dental bonding or porcelain veneers can both be options to cover up the front of the tooth to restore the bright appearance. Both cosmetic options can be customized and color-matched to suit your smile’s needs.

Are you ready for a brighter smile?

We can help you choose the right method to address your smile’s discoloration. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.