Why Do Teeth Change Colour?
Dealing with discolored teeth is one of the most frustrating dental conundrums most people will have to deal with. And if you’re like most people worried about the luster of your smile, you may be wondering just how your teeth changed color in the first place.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be a complete mystery. A number of different things can cause teeth to change tones. Here are some of the most common reasons and how you can prevent your teeth from changing color in the first place.
Food and Drink
Sometimes, what you consume can stain your teeth on a surface level. If you’re a coffee lover or wine aficionado, you may have noticed that your teeth, over time, might appear a little yellowed or stained. Luckily, this is easily fixed. Brushing your teeth thoroughly after consuming stain-causing foods and drinks can help mitigate their effects on your pearly whites, although you may want to look into the occasional whitening treatment if you enjoy these foods and drinks regularly.
Smoking is one of the worst offenders when it comes to staining your teeth. Cigarettes can leave surface level stains and for many people who struggle with quitting smoking, wanting to keep their teeth clean and white is one of the many things they’re concerned about when considering dropping the habit. Quitting smoking, although easier said than done, will help prevent the development of surface stains. Consider joining a support group and consulting a doctor to figure out the best solution for you and find some support while quitting.
The medication you take can sometimes stain your teeth. Some medication, such as certain antibiotics, can discolor your teeth internally. If your mother used antibiotics while pregnant with you, that may contribute to the color of your teeth later on after your teeth grow in. Early exposure to fluoride as a child, before your enamel properly develops, can also discolor your chompers.
An injury or trauma to your teeth is a major cause behind internalized discoloration. Blood clots or internalized bleeding can lend your teeth with a grayish/purplish hue. Internal damage to the teeth can weaken its inner structures, also contributing to the look of the teeth. It can be treated by removing the damaged parts, although you may require a root canal.
Aging isn’t always easy on your body and it’s no different with your teeth. Dentin, part of the structure of your teeth, yellows as you age. And since your enamel thins out as you get older too, your yellowed dentins will show more easily as you get older. The longer you smoke or eat certain staining foods, the more yellowed your teeth will appear as well.
But luckily, returning your teeth to a pearly white visage is surprisingly simple.
An at-home or dentist applied whitening treatment can help reverse stains and discoloration, especially if the stains are simply on the surface. Regular cleanings can keep your teeth in good shape. And by keeping up on brushing and flossing your teeth, you’re already there.
For internal colorization and more serious stains, your dentist may recommend a more permanent solution, especially if your teeth are chipped or damaged. Many patients have a lot of success with porcelain veneers, which offer a long-term solution for covering up stains. You may even want to consider looking into composite-bonding materials, which are applied to your teeth and help cover up discoloration and damage. Don’t let grayed or yellowed teeth hold you back. Your dentist can help you determine the best whitening solution for you
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