Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How Do Teeth Get Discolored?

Discolored smiles are a common dental concern and can get that way for a variety of reasons. If you have a less-than-bright smile and want to correct it with professional teeth whitening in Sorrento Valley, Dr. Chadkewicz can help with professional teeth whitening products like the popularZoom! whitening treatment.

Before you begin whitening treatment, it’s important to think about how your smile developed discoloration in the first place, so you can avoid staining your teeth again. Common causes of teeth staining are:

Food and Drink – Routine consumption of food with heavy pigment, such a coffee, tea, wine, and berries can build up discoloration on teeth other time, making them appear dingy or yellowed.

Tobacco – This one’s a bit obvious, but smokers and other people who use tobacco products aren’t known for having sparkling white smiles. That’s because tobacco use and smoke stain teeth, as well as fingers. While smoking is hugely detrimental to your physical well-being, tobacco use will also provide for undesired cosmetic changes as well.

Age/Genetics – Not everyone is born with teeth that are a bright shade of white. Just like your teeth’s shape is dictated by your biology, tooth color can vary by person as well. Teeth can also discolor as you age. Many people don’t know this, but the material inside your tooth (the dentin) is actually yellow-ish in color, and the thinning of tooth enamel as age progresses can make that yellow color more apparent.

Medications – Certain medication, such as blood pressure medicine and radiation for chemotherapy, are known to cause tooth discoloration.

Some of the reasons why teeth get stained are beyond your control, such as aging or biological makeup, and some are manageable --- such as cutting down on intake of certain foods, but all of these issues can be corrected with professional teeth whitening treatment. Zoom! Teeth whitening from Dr. Chadkewicz’s Sorrento cosmetic dental office is a comfortable and effective way to get a brighter smile in just one visit to our office. 

If you’ve been looking for a truly effective way to brighten you teeth, contact our office for more information!

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