Yellow, brown, off-white, orange, gray, black.
Meet the various colors your pearly whites can turn into (or may have already turned into).
People with discolored, stained or pigmented teeth will be glad to know that professional teeth whitening is easier. The technology has also significantly improved. You can not get whiter, more noticeable results in half the time, and half the costs and effort, than before.
If you’re planning to undergo a teeth whitening procedure, it pays to learn more about tooth discoloration and the reasons why tooth coloring occurs. If your dentist knows what the cause of discoloration is, then you can proceed with treatment. Therefore, Laurich Dentistry shares the 10 most common causes.
What’s the color of your teeth?
According to Dr. Dennis Laurich, white, yellow and brown streaks or spots usually mean the discoloration occurs only in the enamel or the outer layer. Additionally, darker tints of yellows and grays can mean the discoloration occurs in the tooth’s inner structure.
Top causes of discoloration
- Foods – Cherries, blueberries, pomegranates, beets, raspberries, apples, and potatoes can cause outer layer stains. Citric fruits and tomato can eat at the enamel and expose the dentin, manifesting as a yellow stain.
- Drinks – Coffee, teas (including white), dark sodas and red wine can lead to outer layer stains or stains on the enamel. The discoloration can range from yellow, orange, brown to green. Constant consumption of water with a high fluoride content can also cause spots or blotches on the teeth.
- Illness – People with GERD often acquire yellowish teeth as the constant vomiting and high acid level of the patient’s stomach expose the teeth’s enamel to acids on a frequent basis. Sickle cell anemia, celiac disease, rickets, liver disease and eating disorders may affect dental health and cause teeth discoloration.
- Smoking – The yellowed teeth of most teeth tobacco smokers or users can be traced to the teeth’s constant exposure to the chemicals from nicotine and tar.
- Poor dental hygiene – Improper or lack of brushing and flossing leads to stains that run a spectrum of colors including white, yellow, brown, gray, or black and green.
- Medications – Medicines for allergies, depression, and hypertension are known for causing teeth stains. Tetracycline and other antibiotics are taken before the age of eight. They contain substances that have teeth discoloration as a side effect.
- Ageing – Enamel weakens and wears down as people age, exposing the yellow color of the teeth’s inner layer.
- Genetics – Some individuals are born with teeth that appear bright white, while some people simply have naturally and healthy yellowish, brownish or grayish teeth.
Other causes of teeth discoloration also include:
- stains from poor-quality or old dental restorations
- medical procedures such as chemotherapy and radiation
- trauma or injury that have caused teeth cracks or chipping.
To know the right teeth whitening option for you, contact your trusted Laurich Dentist now.