Yellow teeth treatment options
What causes yellow teeth?
Nobody feels comfortable smiling when having yellow teeth. Do you?
Your smile is one of the main things people notice about you. Even if we do not admit it, the way we look and dress has a huge impact on our career and any kind of relationship with friends or family members.
There are two types of stains on the teeth:
Extrinsic stains. It affects the surface of the enamel, which is the hard, outermost layer of teeth.
Intrinsic stains. These are more difficult to remove as they occur within the inner structure of the tooth, called the dentin.
Yellow teeth is not a good look. But first, you need to understand where it comes from so you can at least stop the source of the discoloration before getting treatment, and to maintain your results in the long run.
The main causes of yellow teeth are:
Poor oral hygiene. Not taking care of your teeth regularly plays a huge role in developing yellow teeth.
Certain foods and drinks. There are common products we all consume that contribute to yellow teeth, including fruits like berries, grapes, and vegetables like tomatoes (especially as sauces). Also, coffee, tea, colas, wines get into the enamel of your teeth and can cause long-term discoloration.
Tobacco use. Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain teeth. The nicotine that tobacco products contain is no joke for your overall health and of course, your teeth.
Certain medical conditions. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy for head or neck cancers may develop yellow or stained teeth.
Medications. Some prescription medications for asthma and high blood pressure are causes of yellow teeth. Antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolor teeth. Antihistamines and antipsychotic drugs also cause teeth discoloration.
Dental materials. Some of the materials used in dentistry, such as amalgam restorations, especially silver sulfide-containing materials, can cast a gray-black color to teeth.
Tooth grinding. It happens unconsciously, especially when we sleep or become stressed. Also known as bruxism, it's quite harmful to tooth enamel, weakening it to the point of cracking and yellowing.
Genetics. Some people are prone to yellow teeth more than others, depending on their family history.
Aging. As we age, the outer layer of enamel on the teeth gets worn away, revealing the natural yellow color of dentin.
Trauma/accidents. Trauma from a fall can cause discoloration to adult teeth.
Fluoride. It is good for teeth, but excessive fluoride exposure is also among the causes of yellow teeth, especially in children, and causes yellow or brownish yellow spots called fluorosis.
Professional teeth whitening is the best option for long term white teeth.
What are the treatment options for yellow teeth?
Every patient’s mouth is different, just like every patient’s reason for having yellow teeth may be different. Here you can find treatment options and dentist in the Dominican Republic.
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