How to Treat Severely Discolored Teeth

Cosmetic Dentist Accepting New Patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Nearby South Texas

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Posted: September 10, 2018

If your teeth are stained beyond what normal teeth whitening can help with, there is still hope for you to have a bright, white smile. San Antonio cosmetic dentist Dr. Craig Carlson offers custom made, high quality porcelain veneers to treat a number of dental issues, including bad staining.

If you have badly discolored teeth that you wish could be white again, call Dr. Carlson today at 210-494-3511 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers for Tooth Discoloration

Teeth whitening is the most common treatment for teeth that have mild to moderate staining. However, teeth whitening cannot treat intrinsic stains, and it may not be that effective on external stains that are very dark. In addition, many people cannot handle teeth whitening treatments because it can cause extreme tooth sensitivity.

Porcelain veneers are long lasting and durable, and they are also stain-resistant. The trade-off is that they do require preparation of the tooth and are not reversible, and they can cost more up front than teeth whitening treatments. However, if teeth whitening is not an option for you, porcelain veneers could be a great choice.

You may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers instead of teeth whitening if you:

  • Have intrinsic discoloration of the teeth, such as tetracycline staining
  • Have deep discoloration that could be difficult to treat with teeth whitening alone
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have other dental issues such as chips or cracks in addition to discoloration

Smile Makeover Using Veneers

A smile makeover utilizes multiple cosmetic and general dentistry options to fix multiple cosmetic and oral health issues at once. If you have a combination of dark stains, chips, cracks, or misaligned teeth, ask Dr. Carlson if a full smile makeover may be right for you.

Porcelain veneers are often a major part of a smile makeover, because they can cover up so many cosmetic flaws in the teeth. However, they are best for the front teeth, and they do not fix underlying problems such as tooth decay. Other dental treatments that may be part of a smile makeover can include:

  • Fillings for cavities
  • Dental crowns for weak teeth towards the back of the mouth
  • Treatment for gum disease

Gum disease and cavities must be treated before embarking upon cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dr. Carlson will let you know every treatment he thinks you need for a successful smile makeover that addresses both cosmetic and dental health issues.

Whether you decide a smile makeover or porcelain veneers alone are best for you, we offer dental financing plans to help make your treatment affordable. We know that the best dental care can often be expensive, and we want to make sure that each of our patients can afford the best treatment plan for their unique situation.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Today

If you have severe tooth discoloration or other dental issues, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Craig Carlson today at 210-494-3511 to schedule your free consultation. We serve patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and other nearby areas of Texas.

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