For most people, the ideal smile is one that is straight, bright, and healthy. But there are many reasons that can be difficult to achieve and maintain. Most people at some point in their lives notice some level of discoloration or standing on their teeth.
Yellow and brown spots or streaks can begin to form and be tricky to remove. From lifestyle, to dental hygiene habits, to aging, there are many reasons why your smile may not be as bright or even as you’d like. Luckily, there are a number of effective solutions that will help you achieve the smile of your dreams and address any underlying problems.
Keep reading to learn more about staining and discoloration and what we can do about it.
What causes stained or discolored teeth?
Like with any dental concern, there is rarely one root cause of stained or discolored teeth that can be applied to everyone. That’s why it’s important to get regular dental exams and cleanings and to visit your dentist’s office with any concerns you may have. However, there are several common reasons your teeth may be taking on a darker hue.
Eating and drinking habits
Dark spots and staining are often caused by external factors and lifestyle habits. So the food and drinks you consume could be contributing to your stained teeth, particularly darker foods that contain chromogens (chemicals that impact your tooth’s enamel). A few common culprits include coffee, tea, red wine, berries, soy sauce, or anything with artificial dyes.
Improper dental hygiene
We all know that a healthy and attractive smile starts at home. If you’re failing to keep up with daily habits such as brushing and flossing, or if you aren’t visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams, then not only will your health suffer, but so will the appearance of your teeth.
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking or using tobacco products can cause a number of serious health conditions including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and more. But it also takes an obvious toll on the look and health of your teeth. Nicotine and tobacco products are notorious for compromising the enamel of your teeth, causing brown or yellow spots and streaks to appear and lead to decay.
As we get older, it’s completely normal for our smile to not be as bright or even as it once was. No matter how well you care for your teeth, your enamel will start to wear away over time. This leaves the inner layer of your teeth, called the dentin, exposed to the elements and will cause a yellowish color.
Our genetics affect so much of our lives, especially the way we look. Everything from our hair color, eye color, height, and even the brightness of our smile are affected by our genes. For many people, the stains on their teeth may not have anything to do with external factors and could just be an inherited trait.
How are dark stains different from white spots?
Not all discoloration is the same. While we often think of brown or yellow stains, it’s also common to see discoloration in the form of small white spots. It’s true that there can be some overlap in terms of how these forms of discoloration occur. However, darker spots generally occur due to external staining, while white spots tend to be more structural. They are often the result of a lack of proper nutrients and minerals and exposure to high levels of acidity.
How do I prevent stains and discoloration?
- Practice daily dental hygiene (brushing, flossing, and using a gentle mouthwash).
- Visit your dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings and check-ups.
- Use a gentle whitening treatment, either at home or at a dentist’s office.
- Avoid foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee and red wine.
How can I fix my stained or discolored teeth?
Whether you’re dealing with mild discoloration or severe staining, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Sedation Dentistry of Sunny Isles offers a number of in-office treatments that are both effective, and minimally invasive.
Dental veneers are a permanent and completely customizable option to transform your smile no matter your concern. Installing Veneers involves shaving down a portion of your existing teeth and placing a secure, high-quality material over the top of them to create a brand new smile.
For those who aren’t ready or comfortable with shaving down their existing teeth, Lumineers are the perfect option! The results are just as beautiful and natural as traditional veneers and the material is exceedingly thin, high-quality, and can be removed at any time.
Our simple and effective whitening treatments are the ideal solution for the majority of our patients. We utilize highly modern 3D imaging technology to create your perfect custom whitening trays. With our state-of-the-art technology, you won’t have to suffer from the uncomfortable, goopy impressions that come with traditional whiting methods.
Sedation Dentistry of Sunny Isles is here to provide you the best in dental care!
At Sedation Dentistry of Sunny Isles, we take pride in offering comprehensive, empathetic, and superior dental care at every stage, for every oral health concern. If you’re suffering from staining, need a routine checkup, or are having any other oral health concerns, our award-winning team has the knowledge, expertise, and technology to give you the smile of your dreams!