Yellow, brown or white teeth
There are many reasons why people's teeth are not as white as they might like. Some of these are outlined below:
- The natural tooth colour is partly determined by your genetics
- Teeth can become brown and discoloured by smoking
- Drinking carbonated beverages can dissolve the outer layer of teeth, enamel. This can discolour teeth and also make them sensitive to hot and cold drinks
- Excessive calculus causes teeth to appear yellow, this can easily be professionally cleaned
- The use of some food colourings or additives may discolour teeth
- The teeth can become brown by drinking coffee and tea
- The use of some medications can cause discolouration of teeth
- Eating large amounts of sugar attacks the tooth enamel, causing brown, white and yellow marks on teeth
- Your teeth may darken with age
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade. Firstly we would perform a full mouth clean and polish before starting the whitening procedure, costing $90-160. Tooth whitening can be achieved through either option:
- Take-home trays and whitening gel from $350 (takes two weeks)
- In-house whitening with Zoom from $1200 (takes two hours)
Brown spots on teeth
Brown areas on teeth may be a sign of tooth decay (caries) or enamel demineralization. They may also represent superficial stains—like those produced by coffee, tea, wine, tobacco and food additives. Failing dental restorations (e.g. fillings, crowns) often pick up stain at the tooth-restoration interface, or "margin."
Brown spots which appear deep within the tooth are known as intrinsic stains, and are often the result of treatment with antibiotics while the teeth were forming. Intrinsic stain can occur through events that interrupt the normal formation of tooth structure—like childhood illness or injury.
What it may need
- Decay (caries) - Fillings can cost $150-350 per tooth
- Developmental - can leave or mask with filling $150-350 per tooth
White spots on teeth
White spots on teeth can be the result of various factors. Damage whilst the tooth is forming through an accident or childhood illness, some medications, nutritional deficiency or genetic-related diseases can cause white spots on teeth. However some are due to a cavity developing on the tooth, which will eventually become a hole and warrant a filling. Therefore it is best to get this checked out.
What it may need
- Could leave or mask with white filling material or veneers or crowns.
- Contact us to discuss options from $68.