A Look at the Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Have you noticed your smile becoming more stained or yellowed? Tooth discoloration is a common complaint among dental patients, and it’s challenging to avoid entirely. There are many contributing factors that affect the appearance of your pearly whites; talk with your dentist about the most likely culprits. Your dentist can offer some lifestyle modifications to reduce tooth discoloration.

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Food and Beverage Consumption
Over time, consuming highly pigmented foods and beverages will discolor your teeth. These include beverages like tea, coffee, red wine, and sports drinks. Foods that stain your teeth include berries, candies, and sauces like soy sauce, curry sauce, and tomato sauce. The pigments in these foods and beverages tend to attach to the teeth. Also, oranges and other acidic foods encourage the deterioration of the tooth enamel, which makes it easier for pigments to adhere to teeth. Dentists recommend drinking beverages through a straw and swishing with water immediately after eating.

Tobacco Use
Dentists often see patients with discolored teeth due to tobacco use. Every time you smoke, you inhale the cigarette smoke through your teeth. Chewing tobacco has the same effect, as the teeth are in frequent contact with the tobacco juice.

Poor Oral Hygiene
Failing to adequately brush and floss your teeth can not only lead to cavities and gum disease, but it can also cause your pearly whites to incur stains. Remember to brush at least twice daily and floss at least once daily. Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes at a time. When you floss, be sure to gently remove food particles and plaque from beneath the gum line.

Natural Aging Process
Tooth discoloration can occur with the natural aging process. Over the years, the enamel on your teeth wears away, exposing the dentin, which is naturally a yellowish color.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, schedule a tooth whitening treatment today. Lake Mary and Orlando-area residents can take advantage of the expertise of Sanford Dental Excellence. Give us a call today at (407) 320-1700 to schedule your dentist visit.


Your Guide to Dental Fillings

If you are like many Americans who have been diagnosed with advanced tooth decay or cavities, your concern for your dental health may be matched by anxiety about your cosmetic appearance. Fortunately, new developments in modern dental technology have made it possible for dentists today to offer virtually undetectable tooth-colored fillings. Review this guide to find out more about how dental fillings work and what you can expect from your next dental appointment.

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Why Are Dental Fillings Used?
A dental filling repairs the parts of your teeth that have been damaged by decay. If you are beginning to feel symptoms of tooth decay such as toothache, temperature sensitivity, or mild or sharp pain when you bite down or see visible holes or pits in your teeth or pus in the surrounding gum tissue, visit your dentist as soon as possible for a cavity treatment and filling. When tooth decay is treated early, your dentist can both achieve the best cosmetic results possible and protect your oral health.  

What Are My Filling Options?
Traditionally, fillings were treated with unsightly silver amalgam. Fortunately, today’s cosmetic dentists usually rely on safer and more attractive tooth-colored fillings. After the decay is removed, your dentist will “fill” the tooth with a durable plastic called composite resin. This material is similar to the texture of your natural teeth and comes in a wide spectrum of colors so your dentist can match your new filling to the surrounding teeth. These materials also have a high shine and actually work to strengthen the tooth and prevent future cracks and fractures. Fillings can usually be completed in a single short visit.

Are you concerned about cavities or your smile’s cosmetic appearance? If you live in the Orlando or Lake Mary area, call Sanford Dental Excellence today at (407) 320-1700 to find out how our dentists can make over your smile in just one or two visits. Visit us online or call today to learn more about how our sedation dentists can help make your visit as comfortable as possible.


What to Expect from a Dental Filling

A cavity is a bacterial infection that occurs in your tooth as a result of plaque. As you will learn in this video, visiting your dentist at the first sign of pain can help prevent more serious dental issues from developing.

Most cavities are removed by your dentist and treated with a filling. First, your dentist will numb the area and clean out the darkened area. Next, a tooth-colored material will be used to fill the space, and your dentist will use apply a bright light for about 30 seconds until the filling hardens.

If you have been suffering from dental pain, visit your Orlando family dentist before your cavity symptoms worsen. Call the Lake Mary office of Sanford Dental Excellence today at (407) 320-1700 to learn more about our services.


A Look at the Dental Complications That Can Occur Without Orthodontic Treatment

Did you know that orthodontic treatments can actually improve your overall health? Unfortunately, crooked teeth and unsightly gaps can do more than simply impact your aesthetic appearance and affect your self-esteem. Dentists today increasingly recommend orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign as part of a comprehensive dental and oral care plan for patients of all ages. Here are some of the adverse health consequences of putting off orthodontic treatment.

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Malocclusion
Malocclusion refers to the misalignment of teeth. It is most often hereditary, meaning that it can be passed down through families. Ideally, the upper teeth should fit just slightly over the lower teeth so that the points fit into the grooves of the opposite molars. If you suffer from malocclusion, the inherited difference in size between your upper and lower jaws can result in teeth overcrowding or abnormal bite patterns. If you do not seek orthodontic treatment, you may have difficulty chewing or suffer from mouth breathing, a condition in which patients breathe through the mouth without closing the lips. 

Decay
Your teeth may also be misaligned after an injury, as a result of thumb sucking or prolonged use of a bottle, or due to naturally occurring extra teeth, lost teeth, or abnormally shaped molars. But whether you have an overbite or underbite, overlapping or poorly spaced teeth can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Crowded teeth and the sensitive gum tissue between and beneath them are simply more difficult to clean. When plaque builds up on your enamel, it results in tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease. Braces can restore proper spacing and alignment to your smile and help you avoid more serious health complications down the road.

Are you considering getting Invisalign? At Sanford Dental Excellence, our dentists put your comfort first. With new developments in dental technology and oral sedation, our Orlando and Lake Mary patients can breathe easy even during advanced procedures like dental implants. Find out how to straighten your teeth at any age by calling our team of cosmetic dentists at (407) 320-1700 today. 


Inlays vs. Onlays

If your dentist has diagnosed advanced tooth decay, a normal cavity filling may not be sufficient to restore your damaged tooth, and larger restorations called inlays and onlays may be advised. An inlay is a piece of porcelain and ceramic that fits into your tooth after your dentist has removed the decayed portion. Inlays are recommended in cases where only the tooth grooves are affected, but an onlay may be advised if a larger area is decayed or fractured. Onlays are comprised of the same porcelain and ceramic, but they effectively cover most of the tooth

Closeup of beautiful smile

The cosmetic and general dentists at Orlando’s Sanford Dental Excellence believe that people of all ages deserve to be confident in their smiles. If your teeth have been compromised by tooth decay and you would like to find out more about how porcelain inlays and onlays can restore your smile, call our Lake Mary office today at (407) 320-1700 with your questions. 


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