The radiant, white smile is perceived in society as a symbol of health, happiness, warmth and youth. Several factors contribute to the discoloration of teeth, including:
The baseline color of a person’s teeth may naturally be more yellow, brown or gray. Some people have naturally brighter or thicker enamel than others due to their genetic makeup.
As you age, the outer layer of enamel on your teeth starts to wear away, revealing the natural yellow color of dentin.
Food and drink
The dark compounds that make up the products we consume (coffee, tea, soda, wine, tobacco, etc.) can cause generalized yellow, brown or burnt orange-colored tooth stains.
Poor dental hygiene
Inadequate brushing and flossing to remove plaque and stain-producing substances, such as coffee and tobacco, can cause discoloration.
What can you do about stained teeth?
- Brushing your teeth after every meal will help to prevent some stains. To treat and manage tooth discoloration, there are several options available.
- Making lifestyle changes, such as limiting drinks that cause staining or quit smoking, also help. (It is important to note here that smoking can also lead to gum disease, tooth loss and a host of other health issues.)
- Whitening agents purchased from your dentist or over the counter can correct discoloration. In-office whitening procedures, such as the KöR Whitening System, can take it a step further. A tooth can be covered with a color-matched composite bonding material.
- Veneers, thin ceramic shells that cover the outer surfaces of the teeth, are another option.
To find out more information on tooth discoloration and other dental matters, do not hesitate to contact us at our Centennial, Colorado dental office.