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What Causes Yellow Teeth?

May 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentistryofwi @ 5:24 am

Before and after teeth whiteningTeeth come in a variety of shades and tones naturally; however, they also change color over time. Yellow teeth are a common complaint, which can make your smile look aged, unhealthy, or dull. Several factors contribute to tooth discoloration, which requires a unique approach to treat. Although everyone’s teeth darken with age, identifying the culprit behind your tooth discoloration is essential to restoring a bright, beautiful smile. 

1. Genetics

Believe it or not, tooth color can run in the family. If your parents have naturally yellow teeth, yours may also have the same hue. Besides yellow, teeth can also be brown, reddish, or gray. 

2. Dentin

Thin enamel exposes more of your dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. Although your enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it can break down for various reasons, like aggressive brushing habits.

3. Smoking

Smoking is notorious for causing stained teeth. Tar and nicotine can leave brown or yellow traces that you can’t brush away.

4. Foods

The foods you eat can affect your teeth. Darkly pigmented foods, like tomatoes, berries, or curry, can cling to your teeth, which can cause the color pigments to stain their surfaces.

5. Drinks

If you need a hot cup of coffee to kick-start your day, it can leave a lasting mark on your smile. Coffee, tea, sports drinks, and sodas are common causes of dark teeth.

Combating Tooth Discoloration

Yellow teeth are often easier to treat than those discolored by fluorosis, accidents, or antibiotics. Unlike gray stains, yellow discoloration usually only affects the surfaces. As a result, a professional whitening treatment can restore a vibrant smile. 

You’ll require a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to ensure you are a candidate for teeth whitening. As an alternative to in-office procedures, you can get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter with a take-home kit from your dentist. They will give you everything you need to achieve a dramatic improvement at home over the next 2 weeks. 

Your results can last for several months to years with the right care, like brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. You’ll also want to avoid anything that may lead to new stains, like smoking. 

If you’re interested in more lasting results, ask your dentist about veneers. Not only can they treat yellow teeth, but they can also hide more severe cases of discoloration, like those caused by medications. 

You don’t have to let the weight of unattractive teeth stop you from feeling your best. Your cosmetic dentist has the solutions you need to achieve a stunning smile.

About Dr. Derek Metzger

Dr. Metzger earned his dental degree at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and continued his training in various specialties. He strives to provide the latest treatments and techniques to help his patients achieve their best smiles. If you’re ready to revamp your smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for cosmetic dentistry.

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