What is causing my teeth to stain?
We like to tell our patients, “Anything that stains a white shirt will stain your teeth.” This includes coffee, wine, tea, soda, and more. And let’s not forget smoking! Luckily, our hygienist can clean surface stains, and whitening products can lighten the “intrinsic” staining that occurs.
What if you’ve never smoked and rarely drink coffee, tea, or wine but your teeth are still stained? Other factors can contribute to staining and discoloration too, and some of these may be out of your control.
For example, certain medications, such as the antibiotic tetracycline, are known to cause gray discoloration of teeth. These stains typically can’t be removed with just brushing and cleaning; however, certain whitening treatments can improve the appearance. If whitening treatments aren’t enough, we can discuss other cosmetic options like bonding and veneers.
Genetics Can Have A Play
In some cases, you may also be susceptible to staining and yellow discoloration because of your genetics. If your enamel thins faster than average, the yellowish color of the dentin can show through. This isn’t your fault, but we can help you fix it and turn back the clock a few years!
Call our Hazelwood dental office for a teeth whitening consultation and see what we can do for you!