Most Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Let’s face it, Americans are concerned about the color of their teeth. They gel, bleach, laser and scrub to achieve the brightest, whitest smile possible. Teeth whitening encompasses a larger part of cosmetic dentistry every year. A lack luster smile does not necessarily mean that teeth are unhealthy, but it doesn’t do much for self esteem either. Let’s consider some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration and what we can do about it.

The Source of Stains

Certain lifestyle choices are one of the leading causes of a not so white smile. A tobacco habit, whether chewed or smoked, will turn those pearly whites yellow in addition to its negative health effects. Many foods and beverages, such as coffee, can also stain teeth. Basically, if it will stain clothes, it will stain your teeth, too. Poor dental hygiene is just an invitation for stains since it weakens teeth and creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

Many causes of a lack luster smile are not necessarily preventable. The aging process commonly dulls teeth because it wears away enamel over time exposing the naturally yellow dentin. Certain illnesses and medical conditions have the same effect on teeth along with many medications. Believe it or not, genetics also play a role in the color of your teeth. Some of us are naturally born with a bright, beautiful smile.

Combat Stains

Cosmetic dentistry offers many options to brighten a dismal smile that appears less than show-worthy. Boost! In office whitening treatment applied by your dentist offers dramatic results in under an hour. This system is perfect for patients who may have a special event to attend or just want to brighten up a dull, dreary smile.

The KoR whitening system is an option for patients with deeper tooth stains. Teeth whitening is achieved through a couple of visits to the dentist along with at-home treatments. This system produces incredible results, which rejuvenates a patient’s smile to its once youthful appearance.

If your smile could use a boost, or you are looking to achieve your brightest, whitest results, call our office today. Our highly trained dentist and friendly and courteous staff have extensive experience rejuvenating beautiful smiles and restoring pearly whites.