Treating Stained or Yellowed Teeth
Teeth can lose their luster as we age, but foods and smoking
can also contribute to teeth yellowing or losing their brilliance. While home tooth whitening kits and home
remedies may help, professional whitening by your dentist is quicker, more
effective, and lasts longer.
Keep Teeth White
After whitening, it’s best to avoid foods that stain. Dark colored fruit and juice, red meat, soy
sauce, chocolate, coffee, tea, and red wine can contribute to staining your
professionally whitened teeth. If you
must eat or drink these foods, use a straw or, at the very least, brush your
teeth and rinse your mouth immediately after.
Tooth enamel is strong, but overzealous tooth brushing or
eating lots of acidic foods and drinks can wear it down and it doesn’t grow
back. When teeth are discolored and enamel is worn away, it may be necessary to
consider a more permanent cosmetic dental solution.
The inner layer of teeth, called dentin, has a naturally
yellow tint and the outer enamel can become worn away and reveal that yellow
layer. In this case, your dentist may recommend
applying porcelain veneers. Porcelain
veneers cover teeth and are stain resistant. Veneers can also camouflage minor problems like chips and gaps.