Why Have My Teeth Lost Their Whiteness?

Why Have My Teeth Lost Their Whiteness?

A white smile is something you may have always had — until recently. The truth is, no matter how hard you try, your teeth are bound to lose their whiteness over time. Even when you’re careful, there are so many things that can cause your teeth to turn yellow. Luckily, professional teeth whitening can help.

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our team helps you keep your smile looking its best, no matter what your stage of life. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Gabriel Polo, offers both in-office whitening and take-home whitening trays.

What causes your teeth to yellow?

Unfortunately, your teeth don’t always stay as shiny and white as they were when you were young. As you get older, it’s normal to notice that your teeth just don’t seem to be a nice bright white anymore. 

So why has your smile lost its luster? There are a lot of different reasons that your teeth have started changing their color. Some are able to be controlled, while others are unfortunately part of your genetics. A few of the reasons that your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be include:

Smoking

The nicotine in cigarettes can cause stains on the surface of your teeth that worsen over time. These stains can be either brownish or yellow.

Coffee and tea

There are a lot of drinks that can lead to tooth discoloration, including coffee and tea. Other culprits are red wine and dark colored sodas.

Certain foods

Foods are one of the biggest culprits behind tooth stains. Foods such as tomato sauce, berries, and certain spices all have the power to stain your white teeth.

Genetics 

Unfortunately, the color of your teeth is hereditary. Chances are, if your parents don’t have white teeth, you probably won’t either. However, this isn’t always the case, and the more careful you are from the beginning, the better your chances of whiter teeth are.

Normal wear

Your teeth naturally get more yellow as you get older. This is from years of chewing and exposure to acidic foods and drinks. Even with the best home care and brushing, discoloration is just part of getting older.

Antibiotics

Certain tetracycline antibiotics can lead to permanent staining of your teeth. This is especially true if you’ve taken them before you turned eight. 

Too much fluoride when you’re a child can also lead to discoloration of your teeth. Many of these things are controllable, but that doesn’t help the stains on your teeth that you already have. This is where professional whitening can help.

Is there anything you can do?

Luckily, you don’t have to continue to live with yellow teeth that you’re not happy with. There are a lot of whitening options available to help you regain your perfectly bright smile. 

While over-the-counter whitening products may be tempting due to the ease of use and price, they’re not always the best choice when it comes to the health of your teeth. They also take a while to actually work, if they work at all.

The better way to go is professional whitening at our office. Professional whitening is a way for you to get a more beautiful smile safely and quickly. Dr. Polo offers both in-office whitening and take-home whitening trays.

In-office whitening

In-office whitening is the best and most effective choice when you’re looking to restore the brightness in your smile. The procedure is relatively simple, and you can see results almost immediately.

The in-office procedure takes about an hour. A protective gel is placed on your gums to protect them from the whitening agent. The whitening agent is then applied to your teeth and activated with a special light. Once the results are to your liking, everything is removed and you can go home.

Take-home whitening trays

Take-home trays are another option for you to get a whiter smile. The whitening agent isn’t quite as strong as the one used in the office; however, you can whiten your teeth in the convenience of your home. The results take a little longer to see, but it’s still effective in eliminating most stains from your teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about teeth whitening, call our office or request an appointment online today to discuss your options.

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