Nora Torrez, RDH
Why are my teeth yellow?
What causes teeth stains?
Extrinsic stains: is when our enamel becomes stained. The main causes would be coffee, wine, soda, dark colored beverages or smoking.
Intrinsic stains: is when our dentin (inner structure of tooth) darkens or has a yellow tint. This often occurs due to trauma.
Exogenous stains: May be extrinsic or intrinsic. It occurs once the tooth has developed.
Endogenous stains: happens during the development of the teeth. Tetracycline (antibiotic) stains is one of the common causes. If the antibiotic was taken during the development stage it binds to the dentin causing a grey or brown color. Best treatment for this type of staining would be crowns or veneers.
Stains that are on the enamel may be removed by your Dental Hygienist. Professional whitening can also help. In office bleaching or take home trays. Check out this recent blog about our Smiles for Life program, going on until June 30th.
Poor homecare can also cause our teeth to appear discolored. Thick, heavy plaque will appear yellow if left on teeth.
Make sure you are on track with your homecare! Brushing twice daily, morning and before bed. Make sure you are doing it 2 minutes each time. And don’t forget the flossing before bed.
If you drink coffee, wine or tea regularly using a straw or rinsing with water afterwards can help with the staining.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask your Dental Hygienist or Dentist at your next visit.
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