If you’re tired of your lackluster smile, cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington, North Carolina maybe the answer. There are many different cosmetic dentistry procedures that correct flaws in teeth, such as:

  • Yellow/discolored teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Broken, chipped, cracked teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington, NC fixes a lot of dental issues, but many people often ask first, “Why are my teeth yellow, and what can we do to make them whiter and brighter?” 

If you feel your teeth are not as white as you’d like them to be, there are cosmetic dentistry procedures that will turn a dull smile into a dazzler. You may need only one visit to your dentist’s office or just a few visits to get the sparkling smile you’ve always wanted.

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Most Common Causes of Yellow Teeth, Stained Teeth, or Discolored Teeth

You may have habits that cause the yellowing of teeth, like smoking, or you may unwittingly do things that contribute to discoloring teeth. Did you know that the color of your teeth might be related to hereditary? While your genetic makeup may have prevented you from having sparkling white teeth up until now, your cosmetic dentist can help whiten and brighten your teeth in a number of ways. 

Here are some of the other causes of stained teeth:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Dark-colored sodas
  • Certain staining berries, sauces, tomatoes, citrus, and other foods you may be eating regularly

Some of the causes of stained or yellow teeth color include:

  • Grinding your teeth (bruxism—usually done at night without you even realizing you’re doing it)
  • Brushing with activated charcoal (this is not recommended at all)
  • Brushing with lemon juice and/or baking soda (again, you must follow your dentist’s recommendations for what to brush your teeth with to keep them white and bright)
  • Brushing too hard
  • Using a toothbrush with firm bristles (soft bristles may be better for you, and your cosmetic dentist in Wilmington, North Carolina, will discuss this with you)
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco, and “dipping” or “rubbing” snuff, which is pulverized tobacco
  • Accumulation of plaque on the teeth
  • Tooth decay

While many people think professional in-office teeth whitening in a cosmetic dentist’s office is the best cure for yellow teeth, it may not be the sole solution to your tooth’s color problem. 

Porcelain Veneers Also Whiten Teeth

Your Wilmington, North Carolina, cosmetic dentist may want to discuss porcelain veneers to help correct your dental flaws. Porcelain veneers are probably the most common procedure performed to correct these dental flaws:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

One of the most appealing features of porcelain veneers is that they involve a simple procedure that provides long-lasting, life-changing results. Veneers, or “dental veneers,” are wafer-thin sheaths of material placed over your tooth to fix imperfections.

Depending on the number of teeth that need to be fixed, you may need just one porcelain veneer or several. It’s a painless procedure, and no one will ever know you have them. Friends, family, and colleagues will surely notice your gorgeous smile, but they will not be able to see the work you had done.

Once your Wilmington, NC, cosmetic dentist places your porcelain veneers, you will brush and floss regularly, and you will proceed with your twice-year dental exams and cleanings. Porcelain veneers are not nearly as delicate as their name implies, and when well taken care of, they can last well over ten years.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry and Tooth Whitening in Wilmington, NC

Several factors may have caused your teeth to yellow over the years, but the problem of yellow, stained, or discolored teeth can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

If you’re ready to treat yourself to the white bright smile you’ve always wanted, please call Kuzma Advanced Dentistry, serving Wilmington, NC, and surrounding areas, today at (910) 392-6060. You may also fill out our online contact form, and one of our amazing dental team members will reach out to answer questions or schedule a new patient evaluation.