Like most people, you don’t like the sight of yellow teeth and want to keep your smile as bright as possible.
To avoid a dark and discolored tooth enamel, it helps if you understand what causes yellow teeth.
As you get older, your enamel wears down and exposes the darker dentin layer underneath.
Tobacco products are notorious for staining teeth, especially cigarettes due to the smoke.
Natural Tooth Color
Some people naturally have yellower teeth than others. Tooth color is determined by the thickness of both enamel and of the yellow dentin below it. If you have a lot of dentin and thin enamel, your teeth will look darker than others’.
Coffee or Tea
Regularly drinking dark beverages including red wine and cola will dull your teeth.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Plaque left on teeth will gradually seep into the enamel and discolor teeth. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, plaque can make your smile fade.
As gums recede, they expose the tooth root which is naturally yellower than the top of the tooth (crown.) Gum recession exposes these dark areas and makes your smile look dull. Recession may be genetic or caused by smoking, gum disease, or aggressive tooth brushing.
Bleaching Solutions for Yellow Teeth
In some cases, a thorough dental cleaning and polishing are enough to brighten teeth. Other times, they may require professional teeth whitening to reach a lighter shade. There may even be some teeth that won’t bleach, at all. These often look better when covered with a crown or dental veneer.
To find out how you can lighten or avoid yellowing teeth, talk with your family or cosmetic dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
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