Dr Philip Makepeace

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What Makes Your Teeth Yellow?


What makes your teeth yellow?

A vibrant, white smile is an indicator of good health and youthfulness. However, lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors mean that our teeth can begin to yellow and fade over time. That is why cosmetic teeth whitening treatments are so popular; they are a simple, yet effective way to breath new life and vitality in to your smile.

Why are my teeth yellow?

The enamel of your teeth (the outer coating) is naturally white in colour, and your smile is at its brightest when your enamel is at its thickest and healthiest. Unfortunately, with time, the enamel of your teeth begins to wear away. The next layer of the tooth – known as dentin- is naturally more yellow in colour, and it is this that begins to show through the tooth as the enamel wears away. These stains are called ‘intrinsic’ stains (from the inside of the tooth) and result is a more yellow-looking smile.

Another contributing factor to the shade of your teeth are the foods that you eat- which will be discussed later in the post.

Sugary foods – like candy –  can accelerate the wearing down of the tooth’s enamel, making your teeth more yellow. The harmful bacteria that live in your mouth consume the sugar and thrive off it, producing an acid that wears down the tooth’s enamel. The more sugar that you consume, the more acidic your mouth becomes and the less vibrant your smile will be.

How to get rid of yellow teeth

Unfortunately, the only way to ‘get rid’ of yellow teeth is through cosmetic dentistry treatments such as professional teeth whitening, or veneers. Rather, it is important that steps are taken to prevent the teeth from yellowing in the first place, to ensure they remain as bright for as long as possible.

Which foods stain your teeth

There are a number of foods that can stain the enamel of your teeth, making them appear yellow. These include things like black tea, dark sauces, coffee, cola, wine, sweets, cigarettes, curry sauces/ spices and dark berries. These foods are high in chromogens, which are pigment-producing substances which are effective in penetrating the enamel. These sorts of stains are known as ‘extrinsic’ stains, as they are located on the surface of the tooth, rather than being brought about from within it.

Are yellow teeth bad?

It is possible that your teeth are still healthy, yet are yellow in appearance. This is the case when the stains are extrinsic, and are caused by things like your everyday cup of coffee. Yellow teeth are considered unhealthy when the enamel has worn out from dietary factors – like eating too much sugar and failing to maintain a rigorous oral health routine.

How to whiten yellow teeth

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available. That is because it is both efficient and effective. Professional teeth whitening administered by a dentist uses professional-grade bleach to safely and effectively whiten your teeth. It is strong enough to penetrate the enamel of the tooth, which allows for considerable whitening results.

There are both in-office (which is completed in just one sitting) or take-home (which is gradually completed over a number of weeks at home) options available to suit your lifestyle. At Distinctive Dental care, we are proud to also offer Kör Whitening Deep Bleaching treatments. This treatment can address dark stains and marks and is effective for patients who require extensive teeth whitening.

To find out more about teeth whitening, or to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today!

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