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Understanding Tooth Staining

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The best way to maintain a healthy smile is proper dental care, both at home and at the dentist. A good bit of tooth staining can be avoided by proper brushing and flossing. However, even those with quite healthy teeth will likely notice some staining or discoloration on their teeth at some point. This is because there are many different factors that can affect the color of your teeth.

Teeth Staining Factors

It comes as no surprise that what we eat and drink can cause our teeth to become discolored. This is because our teeth are frequently coming into contact with food and beverages that cause stains on the teeth. Wine, coffee, tea, soda are all some of the biggest offenders due to their deep color. The pigment of the liquid penetrates the enamel and sets in as a stain.

If you experience trauma to your teeth, cracks are likely to form. These cracks lead to discoloration over time causing the affected teeth to look darker than surrounding teeth. This is because the cracks accumulate more stain causing debris than the surrounding healthier teeth. In-office teeth whitening is your best option for removing those tough stains.

Aging

As we age, our teeth become darker. This is due to long term build up of debris in the tiny crevices on the surface of the teeth. Genetics can also play a role in how quickly your teeth begin to yellow. As time goes by, the stains become stubborn and harder to remove. Don’t wait until more stains accumulate to address the discoloration. The sooner you whiten your teeth, the better results you will have.

If your teeth have become stained or you would like a more sparkly smile, teeth whitening may be for you. Schedule a consultation with us today to get started on your path to a brighter, whiter smile!