At Williamsville Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services in order to serve our patients’ needs. Whether you’re looking to maintain your oral health, to fix a chipped tooth, or to whiten stained teeth, we can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Our patients come to us with a variety of dental issues and goals. We are often asked what causes teeth to turn yellow. There are a variety of factors, both in and out of your control, that contribute to tooth discoloration.
- Smoking & Acidic Diet
- Genetics Sets the Tone
- Poor Oral Hygiene
Factors like smoking and your diet can give your teeth a yellow tint. Nicotine becomes yellow when it mixes with oxygen, causing many smokers to have yellow, discolored teeth. Additionally, foods and beverages high in acid like coffee, citrus, and red wine can cause your teeth to yellow as the acids wear away your enamel and expose the underlying dentin. Read on to learn more about enamel and dentin.
Most people aren’t born with naturally white teeth. In fact, natural teeth often have a greyish or yellowish tint. The reason for this lies within the structure of your tooth. The enamel of your teeth, the protective outer coating, is a whitish color. Beneath the enamel lies the dentin. Dentin is a bony tissue that forms the bulk of your tooth, and has dark yellow coloring. People’s enamel have varying degrees of translucence, explaining the natural variation in the color of teeth.
Although your smile may be naturally whiter or yellower than others’ teeth, no one is off the hook when it comes to proper dental hygiene! If you notice a yellow film on your teeth, it is from plaque or tartar caused by leftover food particles and debris. To avoid this yellow tint from the buildup of bacteria, be sure to practice good preventive care habits, such as brushing twice daily, flossing each day, and visiting our office biannually for cleanings and exams.
Beautify Your Smile with Teeth Whitening
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, visit our office for a teeth whitening consultation today. We offer professional whitening services in our office as well as take-home whitening trays that you can use at your own convenience.