Are you envious of the bright white smiles of celebrities? Do you find yourself coveting the sparkling grin of your coworker, next-door neighbor, best friend, or virtual stranger? Your renewed smile can be right around the corner.

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Everyone starts out with beautiful white teeth. But normal aging, antibiotics, diet, lifestyle, genetics, and even illness can all be the culprit behind teeth turning yellow or brown.  

Enamel is what protects against all the things that “attack” your teeth, like sugar, and the effort that teeth go through, including chewing and grinding. Over time, the porous enamel in your teeth begins to hold stains and becomes more transparent and dull. The dentin – or core – of a tooth is also yellow in nature and that can begin to show through.

Tooth discoloration is common – but you don’t have to live with it.

Professional Teeth Whitening Options

If those over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and products aren’t making a dent in your teeth, it may seem like your teeth are stained beyond repair. Only a dentist can truly tell. But professional teeth whitening treatments are often powerful enough to reverse the stains.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening can be done in the dentist’s office and usually takes about an hour to complete – and it can last for up to three years. It’s a painless, simple procedure – whitening gel is applied to your teeth and activated by a specially designed light – that typically turns teeth five to eight shades whiter.

Should your teeth be at the point where a more significant action is necessary to give you that smile makeover you want, porcelain veneers and lumineers are other popular cosmetic dentistry options that result in a natural-looking white smile.

Contact Sherman Oaks Dentistry to learn about our new patient special and consult with Dr. Harold Perlaza about whether you’re a good candidate for Zoom! Teeth Whitening or another cosmetic dentistry procedure.