An attractive and white smile has been scientifically proven to be advantage in life, work, and love. Occasionally, however, dental help is necessary to maintain or repair a white smile, particularly in the case of yellow teeth.
As we age, our teeth tend to yellow naturally, and a variety of other influences can stain and discolour teeth as well.
The good news is that your Kallangur dentist can help you attain a whiter smile, often in as little as one visit to our office!
Causes of Yellow Teeth
Why do teeth turn yellow or how do you get yellow teeth? There are a number of reasons why teeth yellow, including:
Ageing. The hard glossy substance that covers the crown of a tooth is called enamel. As we age the outer layer of enamel is eaten away, becoming thinner and thinner. At a certain point, dentin’s yellow color starts to show up through the thinning enamel. This gives your teeth a yellowish look.
Certain Medications. The use of antibiotics such as doxycycline are common causes of yellow teeth in children. Occasionally, cancer treatments involving the head and neck areas for cancers can turn your glossy color of teeth to a yellow tint, as can a variety of other medicines. Always be aware of the side effects of any medicine you take!
Fluoride. Excess intake of fluoride is one of the causes of yellow teeth. This fluoride finds its way onto teeth where it causes yellow teeth stains.
Foods and Beverages. Some foods and beverages, especially those with intense colors such as berries, cherries, coffee, tea, cola and red wine, are known to cause teeth stains. Surprisingly, other foods that cause yellow teeth include potatoes and apples! The stain causing residue from these foods stick to the surface of the enamel or infiltrate into the enamel and form the stains. Acidic foods can lead to temporary softening of tooth enamel and resultant stains.
Tobacco. Both smoking and chewing tobacco are a common cause of yellow teeth stains. The yellow stains are caused by nicotine.
Poor Hygiene. Yellow stains on teeth may result from poor dental hygiene. Failure to brush and floss teeth regularly may lead to accumulation of stain causing residue on teeth.
Genetic Predisposition. Some yellow teeth stains may be due to genetic predisposition. Interestingly, it is not the color but rather thin enamel structure, which is genetically transmitted and can lead to yellowing. The thinner the enamel, the more visible the yellow dentine layer is and hence the more pronounced the yellow stains.
Preventing Tooth Discolouration
Of course, the first step is a regular regimen of brushing, flossing, and visiting your Prevent Dental dentist as recommended.
Dental enamel becomes softer around half an hour after eating staining or acidic foods. Brushing during this time may make things worse by wearing away the weakened enamel, though it does harden again within the hour. So, don’t brush directly after eating
After consuming any dark colored, potentially stain causing food or drink, take a sip of water and swirl it around your mouth to rinse away any staining compounds or acids, this will help enormously in the fight against discolouration.
Eliminating Stains with Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening treatment carries numerous benefits but using bleaching products without the guidance of your dentist can harm your dental health. Dentist-supervised whitening systems are the best and safest for your tooth enamel. Most of all, they are more effective at removing stubborn dental stains because of the professional-strength whitening formula they involve. In-office whitening treatments are strongly recommended, especially if you want to have a stunningly white smile in as little as one hour.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Kallangur
- One-hour Whitening provides fast, dramatic whitening results.
- Your dentist will use a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth.
- In just under an hour, the whitening formula will give you a smile that’s about eight shades whiter.
Take-Home Professional Whitening Kits
- You dentist will create custom trays with a stronger bleaching formula to place in your trays.
- You’ll wear your trays either for a couple of short sessions during the day or overnight.
- With proper use, you can expect to see optimal results in about two weeks.
To find out how you can brighten your smile with a professional teeth-whitening system, call Prevent Dental Suite today to make an appointment for your initial consultation. We use high quality teeth whitening products in a safe manner to ensure a beautiful bright smile.
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