Discolored Teeth: Causes and Treatments

Discolored Teeth: Causes and Treatments

Have you noticed yellow or discolored teeth, and wish your smile was whiter and brighter? Dr. Sal Lotardo & Associates at Bella Smiles offer teeth whitening treatment that transforms and restores teeth to a brilliant and natural white. But first, what are the common causes of tooth discoloration and staining, and why do teeth change color over time?

3 Common Causes of Discoloration and Staining

The top three factors that make smiles less bright are as follows:

Food and Drinks

Many of us enjoy the start of our day with a nice cup of coffee or tea. However, enjoying too much coffee, tea, soda, or certain fruits may result in teeth discoloration and staining.

Tobacco Use

Tar and nicotine are major staining agents. When mixed with oxygen, nicotine darkens. Tar is a naturally dark substance that stains teeth. Continued tobacco use culminates in an increased amount of teeth discoloration.


As we age, dentin, or the hard tissue located beneath tooth enamel, is exposed from brushing and regular wear and tear. This dentin layer appears darker than the outer tooth enamel and shows tooth discoloration. Although aging, tobacco use, and certain foods or drinks can cause teeth to become discolored or stained, you have choices to change the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. Whether you find that an in-office or take-home treatment is right for you, there are multiple options to choose from.

Treatment Options

Dr. Sal Lotardo & Associates offer teeth whitening treatments that restore smiles back to their previous whiter and brighter state. Before treatment, Dr. Sal Lotardo will discuss your medical history with you and evaluate any possible tooth discoloration or staining. Learn more about the teeth whitening options and treatments from Bella Smiles below. Each treatment is safe, comfortable to patients, and is sure to provide long-lasting results.

Zoom Teeth Whitening

Zoom Teeth Whitening can alter teeth appearance so that they are up to 8 shades whiter. The process takes up to an hour in-office and uses gel and bleaching trays to deliver stunning results.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers offer a more permanent result with custom porcelain made from high-quality ceramic. The porcelain veneers are custom-made to each patient for a comfortable fit.

Cosmetic Bonding

This solution works best for patients with minor tooth discoloration or staining that is localized to one or more teeth. Cosmetic bonding can match previously discolored or stained teeth to the shade or color of your natural teeth.

Take Home Teeth Whitening

Professional bleaching trays and bleaching agents can be used at home for gradual teeth whitening. Discover the difference of a brighter smile. A dental consultation paired with teeth whitening treatments may just be the perfect match for combatting discoloration.

Schedule an Appointment

Give yourself the confidence that teeth whitening can provide. Reverse discoloration and staining to treat your teeth the way they deserve to be treated. Consult with Dr. Sal Lotardo & Associates at Bella Smiles to make the change today. Contact our Riverhead or Roslyn dentist offices or schedule an appointment online.