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COSMETIC PROBLEMS

Discolored Teeth

Teeth lose their pearly whiteness in many ways.

Our teeth get stained by everything from coffee and tea to red wine and chocolate. Cavities create brown or black spots. Some medications can cause browning, and worn down teeth turn yellow. Click below to learn more.

Stained Teeth:
White Teeth Are Like White Shirts – They Attract Stains!
Our teeth absorb stains daily from drinks like coffee, sodas, tea & wine as well as from colored foods like chocolate, chicken mole and chili. Daily brushing removes some of the stain, but over time, it naturally darkens until the day we look in the mirror and see a yellowish-brown smile smiling back. How do we get back to white?
Removing Teeth Stains is Simple:
Gross Alert! Sometimes that “stain” is actually built up gunk on the surface of the teeth. If you or someone close to you has noticed that your teeth are getting stained, especially if they are getting yellow or chalky around the gumline, the first thing to do is get a professional dental cleaning. Our hygienists are great at removing all the gunk and they also know special techniques to reduce built up coffee stains.
“But I Get My Teeth Cleaned Regularly!”
First off, if you’re getting your teeth cleaned regularly (ie every six months), great job! So, your teeth are getting cleaned but they’re still stained and you want them whiter? You’re a great candidate for whitening.
Kor Whitening: Professional Strength Teeth Whitening for Gorgeous Smiles
Our patients love the whitening power of Kor. Considered the most advanced teeth whitening system available. Kor can handle tough stains as well as it does everyday ones. The new technology behind Kor’s gels minimizes tooth and gum sensitivity and doesn’t need any bulky old lights to activate whitening. Whether you’re getting ready for a storybook wedding, a job interview, a big anniversary or just an everyday confidence boost, Kor makes smiles stand out: cleaner and brighter and whiter.

What about the Teeth Whitening Products at the Store?

There are a gazillion ways to whiten teeth these days. You can buy teeth whitening sets at the grocery store, online and even at the mall! Not all whitening is the same though.

  • Some work a little and some not at all
  • Some are faster and some longer lasting.
  • Some cause tooth and gum sensitivity and some don’t.
  • Some whiten the whole width of your smile and others only touch the front.
  • Some are more expensive and some cheaper.
  • Not even all dentists use the same system.

Here’s what really matters when choosing a whitening system

  • Only Whiten Healthy Teeth: Whitening gels can’t harm healthy tooth enamel, but they interact differently with infected cavities and can increase pain and complications.
  • Use the Correct Strength of Whitening Gel for YOUR Mouth: If your teeth or gums are sensitive, then you’ll need a lower strength gel. If your teeth are not sensitive and are heavily stained, you may be a candidate for an extra strength gel. Using the correct gel for your mouth is really important to getting whiter teeth without pain.
  • Make Sure the Whitening Gel is Reaching Your WHOLE Smile: Every smile is unique. Your smile shows a particular view of your teeth. No one wants a half-dipped whitening job, and that’s why having custom trays and an in office whitening session are so important to getting a completely whitened smile. A dentist makes trays off an exact model of your teeth. These trays allow you to apply whitening gel to your whole tooth in ways that whitening strips can miss. It also allows you to avoid any sensitive areas. The in office whitening session guarantees that whitening happens for your whole visible smile and not just until the strip runs out.
  • Understand Why Dentists Use Different Whitening Systems: There are a couple of effective systems out there; however, the biggest factor for most dentists is how much the whitening system costs. It can be tempting to choose a less expensive system to increase profit since all of the systems get results to one degree or another. Your best safeguard for guaranteeing that you’re getting a good whitening treatment for your money is to find out what system a dentist uses and then find out more about how that system compares with others. At our office, we proudly use Kor because it has been shown to be the best system. It’s not the cheapest, but it gets great results and that’s what our patients say they want – beautifully whitened smiles with minimal sensitivity!
Spotted Teeth:

No one loves a spotty smile!

Spots and dots are the sign that our teeth need a little extra TLC if we’re going to get them back to pearly white. Spots can be chalky white, gray or brown and may be signs of fluorosis, enamel hypoplasia, demineralization or cavities.

Fluorosis Spots: Too Much Fluoride

Fluoride makes teeth stronger. That’s why it’s in our toothpaste, our mouthwash and our water. However, getting too much fluoride when teeth are developing can cause unattractive white, brown or gray spots or streaks on our teeth. Whitening teeth with fluorosis requires removing or covering the spots with polishing, cosmetic bonding, veneers or crowns.

White spots and patches from fluorosis

Enamel Hypoplasia Spots: Too Little Calcium

If we didn’t get enough calcium when our teeth were developing, our teeth are not only weaker than normal, but they also have spots where the enamel is thinner than it should be. This is called enamel hypoplasia. Enamel hypoplasia spots can happen because of a person’s diet or because they have a genetic condition that makes it hard for them to use the calcium from their food. These spots often appear very similar to fluorosis spots, but they are signs of weakened teeth not stronger teeth. Whitening teeth with enamel hypoplasia requires covering the teeth with restorations that hide the spots and reinforce the tooth’s enamel strength. The good news is that fixing these spots has a TRIPLE benefit: your “new” teeth will look better, will be stronger, and will be protected from rampant decay.

 

Teeth with White Patches of Weakened Enamel
Visibly Thin Enamel on the Tips of Lower Teeth

Demineralized Spots: Lost Calcium

When teeth begin healthy but lose calcium and get spotty later on, it’s called demineralization. It’s especially common for children with poor brushing habits or young adults with braces who let plaque build up on their teeth.

How does plaque suck calcium out of teeth? Plaque contains bacteria that produce acid. This acid sucks the calcium out of teeth leaving behind discolored, weak spots in the tooth enamel. These spots are how cavities start. To get rid of these spots, the plaque has to be removed and the demineralized spot covered. Repairing demineralized spots isn’t just cosmetic. It also strengthens the teeth! Click here to learn more.

Cavity Spots: Signs of Decay

Yikes! Some spots are actually cavities and they don’t look good at all. On the image here, you don’t have to be a dentist to see the dark brown cavity that is eating into the front tooth. Did you spot it? You can also see chalky white and lighter brown areas on the teeth nearby – those are demineralization spots and smaller cavities. Cavities form in unrepaired demineralized spots. Repairing a cavity can be as easy as a filling or as complicated as a root canal and crown depending on how deep the infected has eaten into the tooth. Sometimes what appears to be a tiny spot can actually be the tip of a very large cavity inside the tooth. To fix a cavity, we have to remove the dark, infected areas of the tooth and replace it with a filling or crown. This process restores tooth esthetics and function, and protects the nerve.

White spots and patches from fluorosis
Yellowed teeth:

What’s that Yellow Stuff…? Plaque? Root? Dentin?Yellow teeth are special for several reasons. First of all, yellowing can occur just along the gumline, just at the tooth tips or all over the entire surface of a tooth. How a tooth yellows depends on what’s causing it to yellow.

Gunk and GumsIf the yellow is next to the gums, then it’s important to look and see if the yellow is built up plaque and tartar or if it is actually an area of recession where the gums have receded up the tooth showing the yellow surface of the tooth root. The solution to built up plaque is a professional dental cleaning. The solution for recession is more complex and involves protecting the sensitive root surface, changing in home care routines, gum therapy and sometimes gum grafting surgery to replace lost gum tissue.

Recession Reveals Roots

Yellow StainIf the yellow covers the entire surface of the tooth, then it’s probably stain that is building up from something you’re eating or drinking. External stains can be removed with a special instrument called “prophy jet” during a visit with our dental hygienist. Internal stains can be whitened with professional whitening like we discussed in the Teeth Whitening Section.

Yellow Stained Teeth Before and After Dental Cleaning

Yellow TipsIf you’ve noticed the yellow showing through on the tips of your teeth, then you probably also notice that your teeth are starting to look all the same length. The yellow that you see is the soft inner part of the tooth, called the dentin. Dentin shows through as the enamel is worn away. Worn teeth are short with yellow tips and they don’t look good. However, they also contribute to several serious dental conditions. Click here to learn more.

 

Wear Reveals Yellow Tooth Tips

From Yellow & Worn to White & Natural!The good news is that yellowed, worn teeth can be fixed. Of all the problems that cause discolored teeth, worn teeth require the largest scale solutions ranging from custom night guards to rebuilding teeth to jaw joint therapy or gum grafting. That being said, earlier intervention is always easiest and least expensive. If you or someone you know has teeth that are visibly shortening or wearing even, talk to us about your options. Save yourself the hassle of losing your teeth early and the expense of a full mouth rehabilitation by seeking help early. We can help you get a whiter, healthier smile! Click here to learn more.

 

From Worn to White
Blackened Teeth:

Cavities? Yes. No. Maybe So…Tooth decay is the most common reason a tooth gets a dark black spot or turns black. These dark colored cavities start small and brown but darken in color as the infection deepens. Other less common causes for blackened teeth include metal showing through an old restoration, the nerve dying inside the tooth and the accumulation of black tartar.

 

Black Cavity Spots in an Actual Patient
Teeth Blackened by Old Metal Fillings
Tooth Darkened by Internal Damage

Transforming Black to White

  • Black cavities can be repaired by removing the infected, black part of the tooth and restoring it with a filling or crown.
  • Black metal from an old crown disappears when replaced with a new one made from modern, tooth colored materials.
  • Blackening from a dead nerve can be reduced with internal bleaching or covered up with Porcelain restorations.
  • Black tartar can be removed with the appropriate gum therapy.

 

Before
After

Cavities: Ignore at Your Own Risk!

There are a gazillion ways to whiten teeth these days. You can buy teeth whitening sets at the grocery store, online and even at the mall!Of the issues that cause blackening, cavities are the most urgent. Cavities are not typically noticeable as black spots until they are established infections. The risk of having a major toothache and nerve infection is high when the cavity is large enough to be seen as a black area. Unfortunately, the risk that a tooth will need a major dental restoration like a crown instead of a minor filling also goes up the longer the infected cavity is untreated in the mouth. Treating cavities when they are small is the easiest way to keep dental bills small and teeth healthy. Click here to learn more about how we make cavity teeth like new again.

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Veneers

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Your teeth are healthy enough. They just don’t make a great impression.

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Our Happy Clients

Knowledgeable and Nice People

I’d like to recommend Dr. John Bec and his entire staff for one of the best patient experiences that I’ve ever had. I was in for an emergency with an acute pain on my teeth and they treated me immediately. I was also impressed with the systematization of their processes, which I’m sure, contributed to the excellent service. 2 thumbs up for these knowledgeable and nice people!

Maria B.

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Maria B.

I’d like to recommend Dr. John Bec and his entire staff for one of the best patient experiences that I’ve ever had. I was in for an emergency with an acute pain on my teeth and they treated me immediately. I was also impressed with the systematization of their processes, which I’m sure, contributed to the excellent service. 2 thumbs up for these knowledgeable and nice people!

They Truly Care

Dr Bec truly cares about his patients. I am treated like family, which is something you do not experience much anymore. I would never consider going anywhere else.

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Steve A.

Dr Bec truly cares about his patients. I am treated like family, which is something you do not experience much anymore. I would never consider going anywhere else.

Extremely Professional

Had both upper and lower all-on-4 fixtures done. Dr. Bec and his staff are extremely professional and friendly. Best dental experience I’ve ever had and worth every penny.

Allen

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Allen

Had both upper and lower all-on-4 fixtures done. Dr. Bec and his staff are extremely professional and friendly. Best dental experience I’ve ever had and worth every penny.
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