Many people believe that a white smile is a beautiful smile because it looks bright, young, and healthy. However, teeth don’t stay white forever, and you may notice dull, yellow stains on yours. What causes these stains to develop? How can you gain a white smile once more?
These type of stains only occur in the enamel tissue that surrounds and protects your teeth. Enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges which collect pigments from drinks and substances like coffee, tea, and tobacco. If these pigments are not removed, then they can cause permanent staining.
Intrinsic stains develop in the dentin tissue beneath the enamel, darkening it or creating a yellow hue. This can happen as a result of too much fluoride exposure when you were an infant, injury, taking tetracycline antibiotics when you were a child, etc.
Over time your teeth darken with age. This happens because the dentin tissue yellows while the enamel tissue becomes thinner. Additionally, your teeth have undergone years of being coated with staining foods.
Though stains can mar the appearance of your smile, there are several ways you can renew the white in your pearly whites, including:
- Maintaining good oral hygiene
- Avoiding excess consumption of staining foods, drinks, and substances
- Undergoing a whitening treatment
- Receiving dental crowns or veneers
Call Dr. Tracey Tabor Williams & Amy Montefalco and our dental team today to learn more about how you can fight the stains in your smile.