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Teeth lose their pearly whiteness in many ways.

Our teeth get stained by everything from coffee and tea to red wine and chocolate. For example, cavities create brown or black spots. In addition, some medications can cause browning, and worn down teeth turn yellow. Click below to learn more about each type of tooth discoloration.

discolored teeth can be made white again

Discolored teeth are 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. Although daily brushing removes some of the stain, over time it continually darkens. Finally, one day we look in the mirror and see a yellowish-brown smile smiling back. How do we get back to white?

discolored teeth can be made white again

Various foods contribute to stained teeth.

Gross Alert!

Sometimes “stain” is actually accumulated gunk on the teeth. How can you tell? If you see that your teeth become yellow or chalky around the gumline, make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning. Our skilled hygienists know how to gently remove all the gunk. In fact, our hygienists even know special techniques to reduce built up coffee stains! Removing stain and gunk gets teeth back to their natural white in no time.

“But I Get My Teeth Cleaned Regularly!”

First off, if you’re getting your teeth cleaned regularly (i.e. every six months), great job! So, it sounds like you see your dentist for regular cleanings but your teeth aren’t getting white enough? You’re a great candidate for whitening. Either because of age, diet or a few other possible culprits, your teeth are tending to be yellower even though they’re clean. Whitening will get them to the white you want. 

discolored teeth can be made white again

Teeth can also be stained with bacteria-filled calculus.

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discolored teeth can be made white again

Discolored teeth transformation using Teeth Whitening Therapy.

Discolored Teeth are Spotted Teeth:

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.

No one loves a spotty smile!

discolored teeth can be made white again

Spotted teeth are stained due to developmental problems.

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 bondingveneers or crowns.

discolored teeth can be made white again

White spots and patches from fluorosis

Enamel Hypoplasia Spots: Too Little Calcium

When we don’t get enough calcium when our teeth were developing, our teeth develop with weak enamel. Not only are these teeth weaker than normal, but they also have spots where the enamel is thinner than it should be. Dentists call this enamel hypoplasia. Enamel hypoplasia spots occur 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. In addition, these spots often look very similar to fluorosis spots; however, it’s important to tell the difference because enamel hypoplasia spots are a sign of weakened teeth not stronger teeth.

Fixing Hypoplasia Has Bonus Benefits

Whitening teeth with enamel hypoplasia requires repairing and reinforcing the weak spots. Dentists accomplish both by covering these teeth with restorations that hide the spots and reinforce the tooth’s enamel strength. The especially good news is that fixing these spots has a TRIPLE benefit. Your “new” teeth will not only look better, but they will also be stronger AND they will be shielded from hungry cavity-causing bacteria.

Teeth with White Patches of Weakened Enamel

Visibly Thin Enamel on the Tips of Lower Teeth

Demineralized Spots: Lost Calcium

When teeth grow in healthy but lose calcium along the way, they develop spots like enamel hypoplasia. Only these spots occur later in life and have a different name: demineralization. Demineralization spots show up most commonly in kids with poor brushing habits and young adults in braces who let plaque build up around their brackets.

How does plaque suck calcium out of teeth? First of all, plaque contains bacteria that produce acid. Furthermore, this acid sucks the calcium out of teeth, leaving behind discolored demineralization spots. These weak spots are how cavities start. To get rid of these spots, a dentist must clean up the plaque and cover the demineralized spot. Not surprisingly, repairing demineralized spots affects more than just how your smile looks. It also strengthens and protects your teeth from damaging cavities! 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.

discolored teeth can be made white again

Discolored Teeth can also be teeth with cavities. 

Discolored Teeth are Yellowed teeth:

What’s that Yellow Stuff…?

Plaque? Root? Dentin? When teeth become yellow, it could be caused by a number of things. First of all, yellowing can occur only along the gumline or only at the tooth tips or all over the entire surface of a tooth. The pattern of yellowing holds the key to what’s causing it to yellow.

Gunk and Gums.

First, if the yellow develops up along the gumline, you (or your dentist) needs to figure out if the yellow is plaque and tartar or an area of recession. When gums recede up the tooth, it reveals the yellow surface of the tooth root and leaves a sensitive area. A professional dental cleaning will take care of plaque and tartar. Unfortunately, the solution for recession is generally 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 Stain.

Generally, if the yellow covers the entire surface of the tooth, then stain is probably building up from something you’re eating or drinking. In some cases, these external stains can be removed with a special instrument called “prophy jet” during a visit with our dental hygienist.

In other cases, the color change is coming from inside the tooth. 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 Tips.

If you’ve noticed the yellow showing through on the tips or biting edges of your teeth, then you probably also notice that your teeth are starting to level out. The yellow peaking out through the tip is the soft inner part of the tooth, called dentin. Dentin shows through when enamel is worn away. In general, worn teeth get short and even all the way across the mouth with yellow tips and they don’t look good. However, worn teeth also contribute to several serious dental conditions. Click here to learn more.

 

Wear Reveals Yellow Tooth Tips
From Yellow & Worn to White & Natural!

Fortunately, yellow, worn teeth can be fixed. Of all the problems that cause discolored teeth, worn teeth require the largest scale solutions. Solutions for worn teeth range from custom night guards to jaw joint therapy and cosmetic reconstruction. That being said, intervening early saves money and complications down the road. 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 while you have teeth left to fix. We can help you get a whiter, healthier smile! Click here to learn more.

 

From Worn to White

Discolored Teeth are Blackened Teeth

Cavities? Yes. No. Maybe So…? Tooth decay is the most common reason a tooth gets a dark black spot or turns black. Dark colored cavities start small and brown but they get progressively darker as the infection eats into the tooth. Furthermore, 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.

discolored teeth can be made white again

Discolored teeth due to cavities and root exposure.ems.

discolored teeth can be made white again

Teeth Blackened by Old Metal Fillings

discolored teeth can be made white again

Tooth Darkened by Internal Nerve 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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2020-01-05T20:33:21+0000
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2019-12-11T17:09:26+0000
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2019-10-30T21:49:33+0000
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2019-10-29T16:30:44+0000
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2019-10-29T13:57:34+0000
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2019-10-04T01:32:39+0000
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2019-10-03T17:22:27+0000
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2019-09-18T20:57:36+0000
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2019-09-18T14:25:46+0000
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2019-01-20T19:01:03+0000
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2018-03-30T01:11:01+0000
Everyone at the clinic was very professional. Dr. Bec was very informative about what he found from my exam of my... teeth. Everyone was relaxed and appeared to have all the time in the world for you.read more
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2018-02-15T17:01:32+0000
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2018-01-19T17:48:43+0000
I think Dr. Bec is running a great clinic. I enjoyed the friendly staff, and the whole process was very smooth and on... time. There was no rushing, which I liked a lot. Dr. Bec and his people knew their stuff, and there were no awkward surprises. I say anyone and everyone should go to this clinic to make even a visit to the dentist better.read more
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Dr Bec is amazing! A super kind and patient dentist with excellent service. Thanks Dr. Bec for my new smile......If... you're in need of a dentist, call Alamo Dental Health.read more
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2017-12-05T17:17:07+0000
Christine did a phenomenal job! The whole Alamo Dental Health team is amazing, knowledgeable and very friendly! Highly... recommended!read more
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2017-11-30T21:40:45+0000
They make me want to go to the dentist! Super friendly and worked hard to get me an appointment and Doctor Bec is very... personable and friendly.read more
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2017-11-28T22:45:51+0000
So thorough and helpful. They are even willing to help set you up in the office with payment plans.
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2017-11-22T18:09:05+0000
I had a crown replaced by Dr. Beck. I couldn’t be happier and Christine cleaned my teeth... many props to the staff... who have always been welcoming either the same great smile I can now proudly walk around with!read more
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2017-11-21T22:52:00+0000
Ashlee, Sara and Ash are awesome! We appreciate the concern for the dental work needed.
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Jacob De La Garza
2017-11-20T12:05:43+0000
Great staff and they cleaned my teeth very well :)
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2017-11-17T19:03:28+0000
Fast and friendly service with a great staff would definitely recommend
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2017-11-17T17:52:08+0000
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2017-11-17T17:24:39+0000
Dr. Bec and his team are by far the best dentist office ever. Every visit is a pleasant experience (for both myself... and my son) and I never dread my appointments like I have with previous dentists. So thankful to have them as one of my healthcare providers!read more
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2017-11-17T02:17:38+0000
AWESOME is what it was. Everyone was great, I was very at ease, no unexplained questions. I was more knowledgeable... about my situation than ever before, they were much more up front about all that needs to be done and in what order it should be done in to obtain a routine to keep a healthy smile. All Dentist's Offices should be so lucky to have a successful, vital, and happy staff. Keep it Fresh like SUBWAY!read more
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2017-11-16T22:49:48+0000
My first appointment here was Amazing. Staff was very friendly, promp, and uplifting. Exam went smoothly and was... explained very well. Will recommend to anyone. Loved it.read more
Valentina Cekovski
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2016-09-27T19:27:05+0000
Had such a good New Patient experience today- the hygenist, doctor and staff were all so kind and really walked me... through what I needed for my treatment, very thorough. I feel very positive and am happy that I made a switch to Alamo Dental!read more
Jorge Zavala
Jorge Zavala
2016-09-01T21:29:02+0000
Cristina and Dr Bec were amazing with my dental care. The rest of the staff was great in making me feel at ease before... my procedure. Thank you guys and i will recommend Alamo oral health to my friends and family.read more
Natalia Bobadilla
Natalia Bobadilla
2016-08-11T00:28:38+0000
My husband and I both schedule our first visit with Dr Bec today and we are extremely satisfied with the results Dr... Bec, Cristina and Sarah all exceeded our expectations and truly went above and beyond to make us comfortable. Best customer service ever the office was super clean and the best part Dr Bec actually took the time to talk to us, ask questions, listen and answer. We have found our new dental office.read more
Dawn Bearden
Dawn Bearden
2016-05-04T21:34:30+0000
Mason Joseph
Mason Joseph
2016-02-25T22:35:24+0000
Great folks! Very friendly and they make me forget I'm at the dentist. Check them out!
Lesey Love
Lesey Love
2016-02-12T13:53:10+0000
I'm not too comfortable with Dentists but everyone really helped me get over my slight fear and made me feel welcomed.... I'm definitely calling it my dental home for a very long timeread more
Jody LaCoss
Jody LaCoss
2016-02-03T12:54:22+0000
Cynthia A. Jones
Cynthia A. Jones
2016-02-02T03:40:39+0000
Had an awesome exam from Dr. Bec and Shivonne. Very thorough and complete. ThxsC. Jones
Manu Si Feli Bizau
Manu Si Feli Bizau
2016-01-19T23:42:38+0000
Doctor Bec Cristina and staff are great, very professional, caring and always looking for the best treatment plan. I'd... recommend him to any family member and friends. Best place to get your teeth taken care of.:) I feel blessed to have found this place where I always feel part of the family and able to walk out smiling! :)read more
Sandy Merrill
Sandy Merrill
2016-01-18T17:09:30+0000
Fantastic group, I had a great first visit. Shavonne and Dr Bec are knowledgeable and fun.
Amalia Martin
Amalia Martin
2015-06-11T20:30:03+0000
Andrew Bran
Andrew Bran
2014-10-19T22:00:05+0000
Tibby Bec
Tibby Bec
2014-10-07T04:30:19+0000
Gabriela Gheorghe
Gabriela Gheorghe
2014-10-07T03:24:43+0000
Amanda Adamitz
Amanda Adamitz
2014-02-07T02:44:12+0000
Dr Bec and team are amazing! Such a wonderful feeling to see a family environment, and a doctor who truly cares.
Jase Franklin
Jase Franklin
2014-02-06T21:20:14+0000
Best experience EVER!!!!!
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Beck Cristian
2014-01-03T15:09:13+0000
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Adelina Handolescu
2013-12-31T01:57:41+0000
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Gabriel Stanciu
2013-12-09T19:48:47+0000
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Charline A. Duplessis
2013-11-20T21:24:00+0000
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Paul Mesaros
2013-10-21T21:15:21+0000
Cristina Hammervold
Cristina Hammervold
2013-10-17T18:52:16+0000
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Alecs Tudoroiu
2013-10-16T18:46:36+0000
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Ady-Dana Geo
2013-10-14T21:19:40+0000
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Lidia Crisan Jurovschi
2013-10-10T04:36:41+0000
Costea Alexe
Costea Alexe
2013-10-04T19:16:15+0000
Ioan Bec
Ioan Bec
2013-10-02T05:20:57+0000
Mihai Ileana
Mihai Ileana
2013-09-30T14:21:38+0000
Alex Andrea
Alex Andrea
2013-09-04T12:19:34+0000
Elisabeta John Cristurean
Elisabeta John Cristurean
2013-08-10T00:11:33+0000
George Beck
George Beck
2013-08-09T21:36:09+0000
Michelle Morar
Michelle Morar
2013-07-24T23:13:36+0000
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Cristina Bec
2013-07-22T08:50:10+0000
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Nico Pavel
2013-07-20T09:28:42+0000
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JohnandKirstin Bec
2013-07-16T05:20:21+0000
Excellent Service. ... among other things.
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Costea Irina
2013-07-16T04:55:44+0000
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