If you have stained teeth, it could really impact our social and professional life. You may be embarrassed to smile or even talk because you’re worried about people seeing your discolored teeth. Before you rush out and buy an over the counter teeth whitening kit, you need find out the root cause of your problem. In some cases, stained teeth can be just an aesthetic problem while in other cases there may be a more serious condition that’s causing it. The only way to determine what is causing your discolored teeth is to see a professional cosmetic dentist such as our North Fort Myers cosmetic dentist, William J. Shorack, D.D.S. at McGregor Dental at McGregor Point.
There are many different causes of discolored and stained teeth. While some can be quickly fixed with a teeth whitening kit, others cannot. Some foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, colas and wine can cause your teeth to stain. Tobacco use is also another common cause. If your stains are caused by those factors, a teeth whitening kit may be your answer. However, there are some causes of discolored teeth that go beyond aesthetics. There may be underlying dental conditions or other medical issues that be causing your teeth to be discolored. Discolored teeth can also be caused by certain diseases, trauma, poor oral hygiene and other factors that indicate a health problem. In these situations the priority needs to be about your oral and overall health more than aesthetics. A teeth whitening kit would not be appropriate for you in under these circumstances. If you have stained teeth, we highly recommend that you see our North Fort Myers cosmetic dentist right away to get a thorough exam in order to determine the cause of your discolored teeth. If our dental team at McGregor Dental at McGregor Point determines that your oral health is good and your stains are caused by something simple such as coffee stains then he can provide you with information on our take home teeth whitening kit. However, if he finds that you have dental issues that need to be addressed, he will discuss the available treatment options that are appropriate for you. There are treatment plans that correct the dental problems and create a more beautiful smile at the same time.
Dr. Shorak will take the time to discuss his findings with you and will present all the possible treatment options that are appropriate for you. He will help you to choose which one is right for you by explaining everything to you and by answering any questions you may have. Dr. Shorak and our entire team believe that the more educated and informed you are, the easier it will be to choose the best treatment option for you. It is always best to get evaluated by a professional before attempting to correct a dental problem on your own. Using a home teeth whitening kit without being evaluated by our experienced North Fort Myers cosmetic dentist first can put you at risk because you may have an undetected dental problem that you would unintentionally neglect to address. The sooner you are diagnosed and a treatment plan is in place the better.