Options for Discolored Teeth

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


Posted: December 10, 2018

If your teeth are discolored, San Antonio cosmetic dentist Dr. Craig Carlson can help you get them back to a bright white, no matter how severe the discoloration. We offer a few different options for teeth whitening, along with options to treat other cosmetic problems such as crookedness, gaps, chips, or cracks.Middle aged man sitting on a couch with a cup of coffee smiling, showing off his white teeth after getting porcelain veneers

Call 5 Star Dental Group today at 210-494-3511 to schedule your complimentary teeth whitening consultation. We’ll be happy to help you find the best option to get you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Teeth Whitening for Mild Discoloration

If you have mild to moderate staining and your teeth aren’t sensitive, teeth whitening may work for you. We offer take-home teeth whitening kits which are more comfortable and have less chance of causing extreme sensitivity than in-office teeth whitening. Take-home teeth whitening takes a little longer to see full results, but is safer and more effective in the long run.

When you have your teeth whitened in-office, you’ll see immediate, dramatic results, but the chances are very high that you will also experience excruciating tooth sensitivity. It may last for only a few hours or a few days, but these “zingers” can cause intense discomfort for some people. We opt for the safer option that can still produce noticeable results.

Another benefit of take-home teeth whitening is that you can use your custom whitening tray for touch ups without needing to schedule an appointment. Your tray will be custom-fitted to your teeth, and you can use it indefinitely to keep your teeth pearly white.

How to Whiten Severely Discolored Teeth

If your teeth are severely discolored to the point where teeth whitening is no longer an option, Dr. Carlson may recommend porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your natural teeth to create a more pleasing appearance. They are made of translucent dental porcelain that mimics the look of natural enamel for beautiful results.

Discoloration of the teeth can be superficial or deep. If your discoloration is just on the surface of your teeth and has not penetrated deep into the enamel, teeth whitening will probably be sufficient. However, sometimes staining is deeper and can’t be corrected with teeth whitening.

Since porcelain veneers essentially provide a false front to the teeth, they are wonderful for correcting a wide variety of dental issues, such as:

  • Severe discoloration or staining
  • Chips or cracks
  • Mild to moderate crookedness or gaps
  • Uneven teeth

Porcelain veneers last for decades with proper care, and can completely transform your smile. They are a popular way to achieve a beautiful “Hollywood smile.” Although the cost of porcelain veneers may seem high initially, when you factor in their longevity and versatility, they can be a worthwhile investment. We offer dental financing plans to help our patients of all budgets and financial backgrounds afford the dental care they deserve.

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation

If you are suffering with discolored teeth, don’t hesitate to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Carlson today by calling 210-494-3511. We serve patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and other nearby areas of Texas.