The Reason Your Teeth Are Stained (And What to Do)

The good thing about most common teeth stains is that they don’t usually pose an immediate threat to your healthy tooth structure. On the contrary, they’re often purely cosmetic issues that can develop even when you keep your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing them twice a day. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you should just ignore them. After all, your smile’s appearance can play an important role in your overall confidence. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to erasing your teeth stains and improving your smile without taking much time from your schedule.

What Happens Over Time

Not all teeth stains are harmless. In some cases, the discoloration can be the result of damage or infection within your tooth, which could require immediate restorative attention to resolve. However, the stains that appear most commonly are the result of things like colorful molecules from your food and beverages. These molecules (called chromogens) cling to your tooth enamel, and over time, enough of them can accumulate to start changing the appearance of your teeth.

What to Do About Your Teeth Stains

Removing chromogens and other staining molecules from your teeth is usually as simple as applying a strong but safe professional whitening agent to their surfaces. Teeth-whitening is designed to gently but effectively break up stains on your tooth enamel and remove them while brightening your tooth structure. Your dentist can design a set of custom trays that allow you to apply the gel evenly over your teeth from the comfort of home, and in about two weeks, your teeth will be significantly brighter and free of stains.

Erase Your Teeth Stains with Custom Teeth-Whitening

Your teeth stains don’t always indicate serious trouble, but erasing them with teeth-whitening can do wonders for your smile’s appearance. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.