Dental Veneers for Discoloured Teeth

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There are many different causes for discolouration of the teeth. These can be broken down into extrinsic discolouring (tooth stains on the surface enamel of the tooth) and intrinsic discolouring (where the stain is ingrained in the tooth).

Extrinsic Tooth Stains

There are a number of solutions for extrinsic stains, from natural remedies such as lemon juice and baking soda to the now very common practice of tooth whitening with hydrogen peroxide. Extrinsic stains are also more preventable with good oral hygiene. While dental veneers could cover these stains your dentist may suggest trying other whitening techniques first.

Intrinsic Tooth Stains

Intrinsic tooth stains are something that can build up with age, or become ingrained in the teeth from repeated enjoyment of drinks such as red wine, tea, coffee and cola (known as chromogenic foods). Smoking is also a common cause of ingrained tooth staining. Because these stains are not just surface stains they can be difficult to remove using standard professional cleaning or whitening products. This is when dental veneers become the most effective solution. The veneers can be made up to a shade that will match the whiter surrounding teeth (if you have one particular tooth or area that is discoloured) or, if you are having veneers fitted to all front teeth because of unhappiness with the general colour, to a shade that you are happy with and looks natural with your skin and lip tone.

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