Do you have faded or discolored teeth? If, so you may wonder how to prevent discoloration or why your teeth yellow or fade. The following information will give you more details in this regard. We can also help brighten those faded or darkened teeth. Ask about veneers and in-office whitening to increase your smile power – call our office after reading the following information.
Why Do Teeth Fade or Become Discolored?
Besides the aging process, teeth can turn another shade, other than white, when they are exposed to certain foods and medications. For example, the antibiotic tetracycline can discolor children's teeth when they are developing. Some mouth rinses can even stain your teeth – products that contain chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride. Your smile can also darken from antihistamines, such as Benadryl®. If you have amalgam fillings, they, too, can cast teeth with a grayish hue. In addition, too much fluoride can impact your smile's whiteness. Trauma is known to discolor enamel, as will certain medical treatments or conditions. For example, infections in pregnant women may discolor the teeth or chemotherapy or radiation that is directed to the head or neck may cause your teeth to lose their luster after a time. Stay away from tobacco, as it can really darken teeth, and coffee, wine, and cola will stain as well.
How to Combat Discoloration
We recommend patients follow a routine care of good dental hygiene. Remember to brush twice each day (preferably in the morning and before bed at night) and floss daily. Doing so will remove the plaque that causes tartar and surface discoloration. It also helps to visit our office every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning. If your discoloration is stubborn, ask us about our options for giving you a brighter smile. You can call our office anytime. We can make your smile several shades whiter. Ask about adding veneers or inquire about our in-office whitening process. Whatever you choose to do, we can support your efforts toward realizing a brighter and more effervescent smile. Give us a call today!