3 Reasons Why Your Teeth Might Be Stained or Yellow

3 Reasons Why Your Teeth Might Be Stained or Yellow

A perfect smile is something everyone hopes for, but few actually achieve. White teeth are hard to keep, especially when you enjoy coffee or red wine. There are other reasons that your teeth become stained as well, making it even harder to achieve glistening pearly whites. When you know the reasons your teeth become stained, it makes it easier to work toward a whiter smile.

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our team offers whitening treatments when you’re unhappy with your smile. Dr. Gabriel Polo is our dental specialist who offers state-of-the-art treatments to give your smile the boost it needs. 

What causes stains on your teeth?

There are actually a lot of things that contribute to yellow or stained teeth. Some of the factors are controllable, and others aren’t. The causes are split into three categories that include:

1. Extrinsic factors

Extrinsic factors are those outside of your body. These are the things you can control by cutting back or avoiding altogether. These stains only penetrate the enamel, which is the outside of the tooth. Common extrinsic factors include:

Drinks include red wine, soda, and coffee. Smoking and other tobacco products can also cause yellowing of your teeth.

2. Intrinsic factors

Unlike extrinsic stains, intrinsic stains are embedded into your teeth. They often appear as a gray color, and are hard to fix with over-the-counter whitening products. Common intrinsic factors include:

Tooth decay is another intrinsic factor that stains your teeth. If left untreated, it not only leads to stained teeth, but damage to your enamel and root as well.

3. Age

As you get older, your tooth enamel naturally begins to wear away. This sometimes leads to yellowing of your teeth, which is caused by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

Avoiding yellow or stained teeth

While you can’t control every single aspect of stained teeth, there are some steps to take to keep your teeth looking their best. Some of the factors you can change to keep your teeth nice and white include:

Sometimes, though, even taking these extra steps isn’t enough to get your teeth as white as you’d like. In this case, Dr. Polo suggests professional whitening as an option for stained or yellow teeth.

How does professional whitening work?

Professional whitening is the safest option when it comes to changing the color of your teeth. There are many over-the-counter options out there, but they’re unreliable and much less concentrated than the whitening that’s done in the office.

Dr. Polo offers two types of whitening options: You can either have it done in our office, or have custom take-home trays made for you.

If you’re looking for quick and effective results, in-office whitening is the way to go. When you come in for this treatment, one of our team members applies a protective gel on your gums, and the bleaching agent on your teeth. The bleach is activated by a special light, and you get visible results in about an hour.

If in-office whitening isn’t an option, take-home trays are the next best thing. These trays are customized to your mouth, allowing for maximum whitening results. You place the bleaching agent in the trays and wear them each day until you get the results you’re looking for.

Both whitening options are extremely effective when it comes to brightening up your smile from yellow or stained teeth. Dr. Polo and his team offer reliable and efficient options to help you achieve your dream smile.

If your smile isn’t as white as you’d like, don’t hesitate to call our office or request an appointment online today to discuss your whitening options with our team.

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