Have you ever taken a look in the mirror and wondered how in the world your teeth got so yellow or stained? If so, I promise you’re not alone. There are many people who have wondered the same exact thing. Seeing that our teeth yellow over time, it can be easy overlooked. However, you’re not out of luck when it comes reviving your pearly whites, as there are many ways to go about getting whiter teeth. However, before you can do that, you must first identify what’s causing your stained or yellow teeth, and how you can best avoid or at least limit the exposer of those thing.
- You’re Growing Older- Of course aging comes into play, because as you age the white protective coating, called enamel, starts slowly waring away. Aging and the daily use of your teeth can slowly lead to revealing your teeth dentine, which happens to be yellow.
- You Smoke- It’s no mystery why you would eventually have stained or yellow teeth using products such as chewing or smoking tobacco. If you do use these products, there’s no doubt that your teeth will darken over time.
- Poor Oral Hygiene- If you’re skipping out on routinely brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day and using mouthwash to remove plaque buildup and tartar, your teeth can become yellow, stained or discolored.
- You’re Taking Medication- There are certain types of medication, such as antibiotics doxycycline and tetracycline that can darken and discolor the teeth of children younger than the age of eight years old. Other types of medication such as antihistamines, antipsychotics and drugs for high blood pressure can stains adult teeth.
- You Have an Illness- While a less common cause for discolored teeth, disease that effects enamel, or the treatment of disease, like chemotherapy or radiation used to treat cancer can all affect the color of ones teeth.
- It’s in Your Genes- It’s very possible that you may have inherited enamel with more of a yellow tone than that of other with different genetics.
- Specific Foods and Drinks- There are many beverages that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine and soda. As for food, blueberries, cranberries and even balsamic dressing can stain your teeth if there is too much exposer.
What to Do about Yellow or Discolored Teeth.
Unfortunately, unless Ponce De Leon has given you the location of the fountain of youth, there’s not much you can do to reverse the effects of aging and what you’ve inherited cannot be changed. The same applies to select illness and treatments, there isn’t much you can personally do to reverse the effects. However, when it comes to stains because by foods, drinks and tobacco products, it’s up to you to limit or avoid them all together.
While practicing proper oral hygiene routine can help reduce the effects of yellowing teeth, doing so won’t brighten them much more. However, using over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, such as whitening strips, to help brighten your teeth a few shades. Be sure to ask your family dentist about teeth whiten strips if you’d like to learn more.
Speaking of a family dentist, they can provide you with custom teeth whitening kits that you are able to take home. Custom teeth whitening kits are much are effective and can dramatically whiten your teeth within a few weeks or months. Another popular option many people opt for is in-office teeth whitening, which can whiten your teeth up to ten shades, in only one visit. Veneers and dental bonding are also available in cases where discolored teeth don’t respond to whitening strips or in-office teeth whitening treatments. Ranging from whitening strips to dentist trips, there are several ways to brighten those pearly whites of yours.
If you’re looking to brightening your smiles and would like to find out which treatment suits you best, contact Berry Hill Dental at 516-921-1717 to schedule a consultation today. Or feel free to visit www.berryhilldentistrypc.com for additional information regarding teeth whitening.