Patients are constantly asking me why their teeth are getting yellower over time and my response is always the same, the color of your teeth depends largely on your habits.
Teeth may be darker in color for many reasons but it’s usually because of the following things:
1. Inadequate home brushing techniques.
2. Infrequent dental cleanings.
3. History of tobacco product usage.
4. Consumption of dark liquids such as coffee, tea and wine.
5. Childhood history of exposure to specific antibiotics and/or minerals.
If you are looking in the mirror and wishing for a brighter smile, just remember that you have options.
For minor improvements, you’ll need to focus on removing external discoloration from your teeth. Your best bet here is to work on a top notch brushing technique and incorporate whitening formula toothpaste into your daily routine. This approach will help by limiting the day to day staining that happens to your teeth from exposure to darkening items and buildup of plaque, tartar and stain.
Your next line of defense is to get a good dental hygienist on your team. Your efforts at home are important, but there is no substitute for a professional dental cleaning and polish to keep your chompers bright and shiny. Next time you head in for a cleaning, take note of the color of your teeth before and after…I’ll bet you’ll be impressed with the results.
Finally, if you have nice clean healthy teeth that aren’t quite as bright as you like, then its time to enlist the services of your dentist. Only a dentist has access to the high-powered options for tooth bleaching that can brighten your smile to its whitest potential. At McAdams Dental, we use three types of whitening treatments to bring your teeth to their sparkly white potential. Our current favorite systems are ZOOM! 1-hour whitening, Venus in office whitening and the classic custom made home whitening trays. Some options are faster than others, while some are intended to limit your post-whitening sensitivity. Next time you are in, ask us for more info and we would be happy to share our thoughts.
A good example of the results of a typical in office whitening treatment can be seen in the before and after photo below: