The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance you have and covers the outer layer of each of your teeth. Enamel is the visible part of your teeth and without proper care over time, the enamel on your teeth can darken from white for many reasons. Find out why, here.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
The major culprits that stain teeth are coffee, tea, sports drinks and red wine. These drinks have intense color pigment that attach to the enamel of your teeth.
SMOKING AND CHEWING TOBACCO
Tar and nicotine, found in tobacco, are chemicals that stain your tooth enamel. Tar is a dark substance and nicotine turns to a dark yellow color when mixed with oxygen. In the mouth, the two substances absorb into the enamel resulting in the dark yellow stains.
Dentin is the soft area under the hard shell of enamel. Over the years, as the enamel is worn away by brushing, the yellowish dentin will show through.
The side effects of some medications may cause tooth darkening.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
Along with your regular exam and cleaning appointments, keep regular with your home dental care. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and remember to floss at least once. If you consume foods or beverages that stain your teeth, brush your teeth before consuming and drink water in between. Use a whitening toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association.
We offer in-office and take-home teeth whitening products. These procedures remove stains and lightens your teeth. To maintain whiter teeth, you may have to repeat the process from time to time.