The enamel of our teeth protects the teeth from the harsh environment and constant action against the foods we eat. Over time, the natural enamel wears away and becomes so thin that the more yellow dentin behind the enamel begins to show through. Fortunately, there are cosmetic teeth whitening options available.
Many people suffer from various degrees of tooth discoloration. While most discoloration is not a serious condition and is related to natural processes, discoloration may point to other underlying problems that should be addressed. Discolored teeth may affect a person's self-image, prevent them from smiling, and lower their confidence.
There are many possible factors that contribute to discolored teeth. In some cases, discoloration can be prevented to some extent with proper care, but seldom reversed without one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Causes of Discoloration
Much of the discoloration process occurs through daily wear and tear. Each day hundreds of different food and beverage items pass your teeth, many with staining agents. Some of the leading culprits include:
Several other factors may contribute in one way or another to discolored teeth.
Daily brushing and flossing will, to some degree, help prevent discoloration by removing staining agents as quickly as possible. The older you get though, the more difficult it is to keep up, since microscopic cracks in the enamel provide more surface area for staining agents to collect. There are several cosmetic options to whitening discolored teeth.
After the whitening process, it is important to avoid staining agents, to ensure that your smile remains bright for as long as possible. Avoid the staining agents in the foods and drinks that you consume, and definitely give up smoking.