Why Are My Teeth Losing Their Whiteness?

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Why Are My Teeth Losing Their Whiteness?

Every year, millions of Americans turn to teeth whitening to help their smiles look their best. But while over-the-counter products might be convenient, they’re not nearly as effective as professional treatments that use stronger agents and an approach that’s customized to your smile and your goals.

Having your teeth whitened professionally helps you achieve more consistent, dramatic results that last a lot longer. Another important benefit: Our team works with you to help you maintain your results by identifying factors contributing to yellowing and staining.

As a leading cosmetic dentist in Toledo, Ohio, Timothy Tomase, DDS, helps patients at Tomase Dental Care get rid of yellowing and discoloration with advanced whitening treatments and other options aimed at helping your smile look its absolute best. If your smile is looking yellow or dingy, here are six factors that could be the cause. 

1. Aging

We use our teeth every day, so it’s not too surprising that as we age, the cumulative effects of daily wear and tear become more obvious. That includes the gradual wearing away of the tooth enamel, the super-hard surface material that helps teeth look white and bright.

As the enamel gets thinner, more of the underlying dentin shows through. Dentin is yellower than enamel, which means your teeth can start to look yellower or darker, too.

2. Genetics

Our genetics determine our physical characteristics, including the thickness and whiteness of our tooth enamel. While some people are born with thicker or whiter layers of enamel, other people may have thinner layers or enamel that just isn’t as white and bright.

3. Foods and beverages

Foods and drinks with deep pigments, like blueberries, coffee, and red wine, can all leave stains behind — stains that can’t be completely eliminated with brushing and flossing. Small amounts of these pigments can discolor the enamel over time, requiring professional whitening to eliminate discoloration and restore a whiter, brighter smile.

Foods high in acids also play a role. These foods temporarily soften tooth enamel, making it easier for pigments to penetrate. Tomato products, citrus drinks, sodas, tea, and coffee all have high acid content. Rinsing thoroughly after consuming these foods and drinks is a good way to neutralize acids and get rid of pigments that could otherwise stick around.

4. Smoking

Nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco products leave yellowish or brownish residues behind that can quickly stain your teeth. These stains are especially visible in the front teeth and between teeth. 

5. Poor hygiene

Regular brushing (using proper techniques) and flossing help eliminate sticky plaque and harmful bacteria, and they also eliminate some of the pigments and residues that cause stains. Using a whitening toothpaste can help, too; ask Dr. Tomase to recommend a product that’s right for the health of your teeth and gums.

6. Disease or decay

Sometimes, tooth discoloration happens because of damage inside the tooth. Deep decay or infection can cause internal stains and a loss of natural whiteness. This type of discoloration may not respond to whitening, but veneers and crowns offer a beautiful, natural-looking solution.

Start the year with a beautiful smile

Whiter, brighter teeth aren’t about just cosmetics. When your smile looks its best, it gives you a huge boost of confidence, too. Dr. Tomase uses state-of-the-art whitening techniques to lift away years of stains in just one office visit, for beautiful results right away. 

To learn how we can help you enjoy all the benefits of a more beautiful, healthier looking smile, call 419-670-6537 or book an appointment online at Tomase Dental Care today.