Lancaster Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Anne Stuccio offers a bit of insight on why some pearly-whites aren’t so white.
1. Translucent Enamel - The most basic cause of yellow teeth cannot be treated by popular whitening products. One of the most frequent causes of discoloured, yellow teeth is translucent enamel. As you may already know, the most visible portion of your teeth, the outer layer, is called the enamel. This layer provides a sort of shield for the rest of your tooth protecting it from damage and corrosion. The thinner this outer layer is, the more visible the next layer will be. This second layer, called dentin, is composed of a more yellow material. So, thin enamel causes yellow teeth by allowing the natural color of the dentin to become more visible.
2. Habits - Your habits can greatly impact whether or not you have yellow teeth. A second cause of yellow teeth is actually a mixture of two factors: food choices and poor oral hygiene. Some foods have a natural staining effect. Those foods (or beverages) that can be a bother to clean out of your new white shirt can have the same staining effect on your teeth. Excessive consumption of coffee, tea, wine, soda, etc. over time can affect the color of your teeth. Add poor oral hygiene habits to the mix and you are bound to end up with stained, yellow teeth over time.
3. Aging: You have to accept the fact that yellowing of teeth is also a natural aspect of aging. However careful you might have been in maintaining your oral hygiene, over a long period of time staining agents generally seep in to your teeth giving it a yellowish tinge.
Recommendations from Carano Dental Group, for Healthier, Whiter Teeth
Although we can try our best to control the yellowing of our teeth by simple methods, sometimes it’s just not possible and we have to look towards more advanced methods. The professionals as Lancaster Cosmetic Dentists – Carano Dental Group – can help you determine which methods are best for you, and can answer any questions you have about whitening services, veneers, and other procedures.
- Brush and Floss twice a day.
- Brushing after consuming color imparting agents like coffee, tea, soda etc
- Using Whitening toothpaste and chewing sugarless whitening gums.
- Using Whitening strips or paint on bleach.