Do you wish your teeth were white again? Tired of yellowed or stained teeth that mar your smile every time you eat or talk? We've all seen them, those dazzling bright teeth on other people that make them look so good.
What Causes Teeth To Become Yellow Or Dark?
There can be many reasons why teeth change from their very white color when young to yellow, dark and discolored. Aging is one. Teeth just naturally begin to lose their white color and luster as the years go by because the enamel thins and becomes more transparent. Dentin is the layer of tooth material underneath the enamel, which is naturally darker colored. This darker color begins to show through more as the enamel wears down.
Other factors that can cause teeth to change color are:
- Coffee, tea, colas, dark berries and red wine
- Tobacco products
- Certain medications, such as tetracycline
- Prior dental work
(i.e. root canal problems)
- Fluoride in large amounts
- Certain developmental disorders
- Trauma to a tooth or teeth.