Why are my teeth stained and discolored?
Teeth whitening at our Pelham dental office is becoming more and more popular since discoloration of teeth affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. There are a number of factors that can cause your teeth to become discolored; some are preventable, and some are not.
Genetics have an impact on the color of your teeth. Natural tooth color can range from a yellowish hue to a bluish-white shade that enhances the white appearance of the teeth. Obviously, we can’t control the color of teeth we’re born with, but we can control the types of food and drink we consume that darken the color of natural enamel over time.
There are other factors like fluorosis – the result of too much fluoride – or the side effects of tetracycline use. Lifestyle choices also cause tooth discoloration teeth shade. For example, drinking beverages like tea, coffee, tea and cola, and wine, smoking, or eating dark-colored foods, like blueberries, increases your chance of having stained teeth.
It is also a fact that your teeth become darker and yellower when you reach 50 years old. Everyone’s tooth enamel erodes as they become older, creating microscopic holes that attract food debris and stain-producing foods.
Please contact our Pelham dental office for more information about teeth whitening options.