5 Reasons Your Teeth Aren’t White Anymore

5 Reasons Your Teeth Aren’t White Anymore

Are you among the many Americans who cover their mouths when they smile due to yellow or stained teeth?  If so, it’s time for a professional teeth whitening treatment. You’ll wonder why you waited so long.

At her state-of-the-art dental practice in Austin, Texas, Dr. AnnMarie Olson offers the most effective teeth whitening products so you can flash your best smile with confidence. Before you book your teeth whitening consultation, read on to learn the top five reasons your teeth are discolored and stained and how we can help. 

Age

Many celebrities may look like they’re aging backward; the truth is they are getting cosmetic help. Everyone’s teeth get a little duller with age because the outer enamel layer thins out over time. Beneath this white enamel layer is dentin, which is yellowish. Additionally, this yellow dentin grows thicker as you age, making your teeth look more yellow or duller every year.  

Food and drink

Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth in the same way they can stain clothing. Red wine, coffee, berries, colas, and other dark-colored food and beverages can stain teeth over time. Additionally, acid foods and drinks can erode enamel making the pigment from foods and beverages easier to stick to your teeth.

Medication

Age and acidic foods and beverages are not the only things that can erode enamel. Certain medications can also cause teeth to turn yellow. If you took antibiotics such as tetracycline or doxycycline as a child while your teeth were still developing, those medications might have caused your teeth to turn brownish or yellow. As an adult, other medicines such as antihistamines, antipsychotics, and blood pressure medications can sometimes yellow teeth.

Tobacco use

Smoking and chewing tobacco are bad for your overall health, your breath, and, not surprisingly, your teeth. Smoking is one of the most common causes of yellow teeth. Smoking and chewing tobacco create stubborn stains on your teeth, not to mention bad breath.  

Poor dental hygiene

Not brushing and flossing regularly allows stains and plaque to build up. Additionally, not having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, as recommended, can lead to stains and discolored teeth as well.  

Fortunately, Dr. Oslon offers several effective ways to brighten your teeth, So if you’re ready to revive your smile, call us today to set up an initial consultation.

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