If you drink coffee, tea, or fruit juice, you may stain your teeth over time, even with regular brushing habits. A proper hygiene regimen can delay the effects of exposing your teeth to various pigments, but with time, your teeth may get yellower anyway.
The truth is that most foods and drinks stain teeth. Anything that contains a plant pigment will stain your teeth. So unless you plan to survive on a diet of meat, eggs, and cheese, you may see changes in your smile as you age. Fortunately, not all is lost. Our experts at Sabrina E. Mickel DDS & Associates explain the other causes of teeth staining and the available treatments so you’ll enjoy the pearly-white smile you’ve always dreamed of.
You may be surprised to find out that not only your diet but even some medications and medical conditions can darken and stain teeth. Common causes of stains and discolorations on teeth include:
In most people, the most common cause of tooth stains and discolorations is a diet high in sugar and poor dental hygiene. The sugar in the foods feeds the bacteria in your mouth that create acids as a byproduct of breaking down the sugar. These acids attack the tooth enamel, causing cavities and discoloration.
Depending on the cause, our specialists may recommend both regular cleanings to prevent plaque from building up and damaging your enamel and also treatments that address existing stains.
If you have healthy enamel but still experience staining, professional teeth whitening treatments may restore the whiteness of your smile.
If the damage is slightly more extensive, veneers can be placed on top of the tooth to mask the stains. Regardless of how darkened or stained your teeth are, there’s a solution for everyone.
Fortunately, with the help of modern dentistry, anyone can not only dream of but also have a white smile. If you want to build confidence and freshen your appearance but don’t know where to start, contact the Sabrina E. Mickel team to schedule an appointment. Our experts will examine you and tell you what treatments work best for your aesthetic goals.