Yellow teeth and other tooth discolorations are a serious cosmetic problem for many people. Who doesn’t want a brilliant smile when they look in the mirror? However, as you age and live your life to the fullest, even the brightest teeth eventually become dull or yellow.
The teeth whitening specialists at Hometown Family Dental Centers provide customized treatment plans for yellow or stained teeth using state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry techniques. Serving Raeford, Fayetteville, and Vass, North Carolina, we’re excited to transform your smile into one that you love to see looking back at you.
What causes yellow teeth?
There are many reasons your teeth become yellow or stained. Here are some of the most common.
Some people naturally have slightly yellower teeth than others. It’s possible that you were born with genes that cause your teeth to be stained easily or yellow prematurely.
The reason for yellow teeth as you age is usually that the white protective enamel becomes thinner and thinner as you get older. When the enamel thins, more of the underlying dentin — material that naturally is a pale yellow — increasingly shows through.
Nicotine causes tooth discoloration and bad breath, among other things. It also increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
Beverages and foods
Frequently drinking wine, tea, or coffee and eating certain staining foods affects the shade of your tooth enamel. These foods and beverages leave color particles on your tooth’s surface that penetrate your tooth enamel over time, leaving you with yellow or dull-looking teeth.
Poor oral hygiene
If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, plaque and tartar build up. When you brush, you’re polishing your teeth, but brushing improperly or not brushing often enough can cause yellowing on your teeth.
Some medicines can also cause yellow teeth and other tooth discoloration. Antihistamines, antipsychotics, and antihypertensive medications may be the culprit behind yellow teeth. Additionally, ingredients like chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride found in some mouthwashes and rinses can also stain your teeth.
What can I do about my yellow teeth?
Your natural tooth color is a result of your genes, but there are things you can do to brighten your teeth over time. For example, eating crunchy foods promotes saliva production and improved oral health. Plus, adding dairy to your diet raises the pH levels in your mouth, giving your tooth enamel essential minerals.
Professional tooth whitening is the fastest, most efficient way to brighten your smile. The expert dentists at Hometown Family Dental Centers offer an in-office whitening procedure that removes stains and brightens your smile by several shades in less than an hour.
If you aren’t keen on sitting in the dentist’s office for that long, we can provide a take-home whitening kit with detailed instructions and a schedule to follow. In a few weeks, you can watch the yellow fade, revealing a brighter, whiter smile.
Teeth whitening results last up to two years, and you can prolong the treatment using proper oral health techniques. Brush using toothpaste with fluoride, and make sure to get regular dental checkups.
Are you ready to say “Cheese!” in all of your holiday photos this year and say say goodbye to yellow teeth? Call the office that’s convenient for you, or use this secure form to request an appointment online.