Stained or discolored teeth
The original whiteness of teeth can be lost due to stains from food, drinks (such as coffee, tea and wine), smoking, certain medication or the natural process of ageing.
Today there are more options than ever for tooth bleaching/whitening. There are numerous over-the-counter as well as professionally-dispensed whitening products. Many stains that are the result of smoking, coffee, tea and/or age may be improved with these treatments. Staining due to antibiotic use or excessive use of fluoride are less likely to respond to these treatments. Some tooth whitening products contain high levels of silica which can scratch the enamel and damage the tooth surface and others have added detergent which removes some of the stain, but can taste a little bit like soap.
Before trying any whitening procedures, discuss your condition with your dental professional and together you can decide which treatment will achieve the results you are seeking.