Tuesday, 30 December 2014

What factors affect the colour of my teeth?

Some people are born with teeth that are more yellow than others. Others have teeth that become yellow with age. Your natural tooth colour can also be affected by other factors, such as:

Surface stains and discoloration can be caused by:
- Tobacco use
- Drinking coffee, tea, &/or red wine
- Eating highly pigmented foods such as cherries and blueberries
- Accumulation of tartar deposits

Internal stains can be caused by:
- Treatment with the antibiotic tetracycline during the time when teeth are forming
- Yellowing or graying of the teeth as part of the aging process
- Trauma to the teeth that may result in the death of the tooth's nerve, giving the tooth a brown, gray or black colour
- Ingesting too much fluoride when teeth are forming (from birth to age 16), which gives teeth a "mottled" look

Whitening your teeth has become easier and more effective then ever. Whitening can be done either in-office or at home. Both methods use bleaching gels that oxidize out tooth stains. Sensitivity is a common side-effect of tooth whitening, however normally those symptoms pass within 24-48 hours.

For more information about teeth-whitening options, please contact our office to schedule your appointment with Dr.Jennifer Thomm at Great Lakes Dental.

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