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Dentist in West Bloomfield explains causes of tooth discoloration


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A healthy and bright smile is a happy smile. Over time, our smiles may dim due to a variety of reasons. Enamel, which covers the outer portion of the tooth, is a translucent material. Dentin, the main substance in the tooth, is responsible for the natural color of the tooth, often white, yellow, or grey.

Many factors contribute to stains on the enamel or discoloration, including:

  • Beverages such as wine, colas, coffee, and tea
  • Vegetables and fruits, like potatoes and apples
  • Health conditions, medical treatments, and hormone fluctuations
  • Aging wears away the enamel and reveals more of the dentin
  • Heredity
  • Over the counter and prescription medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, certain antibiotics, and blood pressure pills
  • Trauma to the enamel
  • Overabundance of fluoride
  • Older dental work
  • Inadequate oral hygiene
  • Smoking and tobacco use
If your smile is not what it used to be, Dr. Richard Bernstein can help! Our practice, Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, serves families in Farmington Hills, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and surrounding MI communities. He is the only Michigan dentist to be accredited by the American Society for Dental Aesthetics and one of just 500 dentists worldwide who have achieved this designation.

A recognized leader in the areas of cosmetic dentistry and dental technology, Dr. Bernstein is known for his smile design techniques. With a complete range of dental care including family dentistry, treatment for gum disease and sleep apnea, professional cleanings and examinations, we also offer a comprehensive selection of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Porcelain veneers have become a very popular, affordable, and easy solution for patients who desire the smile of their dreams. Because porcelain has many of the same light reflecting and temperature resisting qualities of the tooth’s natural enamel, it is a material of choice for dental enhancements.

Durable and long-lasting, porcelain veneers can redesign your smile with minimal impact to your natural teeth. Ultra-thin layers of porcelain are custom shaped and bonded to your teeth, transforming your smile and resolving a host of imperfections such as:

  • Discoloration
  • Excessive wear
  • Breakage
  • Misalignment
  • Gaps
  • Oddly shaped teeth
To determine if porcelain veneers may be the best solution for your needs, Dr. Bernstein offers a thorough consultation and explains treatment options. Appointments and consultations may be conveniently scheduled online or by calling our friendly professionals at 248.636.2100.


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