Having a white smile might seem a bit farfetched, but with dedication you can get rid of yellow teeth. We have gathered some information here in Los Algodones about what this topic entails, and the answers have been enlightening.
We all yearn for that movie star smile: healthy, white, spotless and flawless. But interestingly enough, it might be just for aesthetics only. So we will tell you some bits about what you should know about yellow teeth as well as what to do about them in this article!
Why do yellow teeth happen?
There are many reasons why teeth might yellow or look yellow. Dark foods, smoking, or even just age plays a role in this! This is more known as tooth discoloration:
One of the most common ways for your teeth to astray from the white color is due the tooth enamel. More specifically, it is when the protective layer of enamel thins or breaks that makes the dentin show. The dentin, which is the spongy and soft tissue underneath the enamel has a yellow color, so it makes sense for it to become more prominent as our enamel weakens!
But also, through foods and different habits, our teeth can also darken a few shades! These are all related to pigments in dark beverages and food that get absorbed into the surface of the enamel.
Types of tooth discoloration and causes
Now that we have an idea of just how the stains in yellow teeth happen, we will group them up:
Extrinsic tooth stains
This is when the surface of our teeth absorb pigments from whatever comes in contact with them. It can be coffee, dark sodas, wines, and even through cigarettes.
Intrinsic tooth stains
This is when the dentin itself is the one darkening. It usually happens due many reasons, such as fluorisis, trauma on the tooth, weakened tooth enamel or even genetics.
This is but a combination of both extrinsic and intrinsic stains. As we grow older our mouth changes with us. A couple of these changes are our enamel growing thinner and our dentin turning more yellow.
How can I prevent this?
In order to prevent yellow teeth altogether, we have to have very good oral hygiene. This not only applies for brushing but also to the habits that affect our dental health:
- Keep good oral habits. Brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth are very important at keeping your teeth clean.
- Stopping smoking habits is a good start, as it is known for yellowing teeth. The components that are released and get in touch with the enamel stick and become hard to remove.
- Being mindful about sipping dark beverages through long periods of time. Coffee, tea, soda, wine, and the like all count towards this.
- Likewise keep your diet healthy, as your body needs plenty of nutrients. Limiting sugary and acidic foods can help a ton, too.
- Visit your dentist twice a year (every 6 months). This helps by having a really good dental cleaning and also hearing what your dentist has to say. Doing this will help you improve greatly.
Procedures and treatments at the office for whiter teeth
If you are looking to improve some shades of white to your teeth, then you might be interested in whitening procedures.
Though it is important to know if your stains are extrinsic or intrinsic in order for them to have a better result.
If the stains are on the surface of the tooth, then whitening can be done quite easily. Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes can help getting some lighter shades in some weeks. Whereas dental procedures like tooth whitening can yield even more results in just one session.
However if the stains are intrinsic, then it is a bit more elaborat e to work around. A popular procedure for this is through veneers, which are a thin shell applied on top of your teeth and are easy to apply.
If you are interested in this and other procedures, you are welcome to check our website. We are lucky to have a competent and hardworking team of dentists who also speak English!