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Discolored Teeth: Causes and Solutions

Do you have multiple yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth? Dr. Thomas Prendergast provides teeth whitening solutions for patients with tooth discoloration at Infinity Dental. Teeth can become discolored due to injury, taking certain medications, or poor oral hygiene. Here you will learn the different reasons for tooth discoloration as well as how teeth whitening treatment can whiten your tooth enamel by multiple shades in just one office visit. If you want to brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment, call our Fox Lake, IL dental office at (847) 447-6637 or request a consultation with Dr. Prendergast online.

Whiten teeth in Fox Lake, Illinois

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Underneath the outer enamel of the tooth is a dark underlayer known as dentin. Over time, your tooth enamel begins to erode, which leaves the dentin exposed. This not only leads to tooth sensitivity but also discolored teeth. Dark spots on teeth can also be caused by a dental injury or by taking certain medications. Bright white spots on the teeth are typically a result of over-exposure to fluoride. White spots may also frequently occur in the middle of the teeth after a patient has worn traditional metal braces. It is also possible to develop white spots on your teeth from poor oral hygiene, plaque buildup, illness, or trauma.

Tooth Whitening Treatment

At Infinity Dental, we provide in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatment to our patients who want to whiten their tooth enamel. Our in-office teeth whitening treatment can be done in just one visit to our Fox Lake, IL dental office. Dr. Prendergast utilizes professional whitening gels that are made with tooth sensitivity in mind. He customizes your treatment to your dental needs and cosmetic goals.

If you want the convenience of take-home teeth whitening, Dr. Prendergast will take dental impressions of your teeth to create a custom bleaching tray. He will provide you with a special bleaching gel to evenly whiten each and every tooth. The trays should be worn with the special bleaching gel every day for up to 6 weeks. Dr. Prendergast will give you instructions about how long the trays should be worn based on your personal whitening goals.