No one wants to have discoloured teeth. Let’s face it, it really isn’t a pretty site when someone smiles and reveals a set of discoloured molars is it? In fact, surveys have shown that many people avoid smiling unnecessarily to prevent anyone from seeing their teeth.
There are a number of reasons why our teeth become yellowed and discoloured, some are of our own making whilst others aren’t. The following are some of the major causes:
It’s a fact of life; we all want to get older and often work hard at that, but, as yet, no one has found a way to prevent our teeth from getting darker as we age. It’s just part of the natural process and there is nothing currently that we can do about it. The molecules inside our teeth just become a darker colour.
Yes, sorry smokers, but it is not only your lungs and heart that are affected by your intake of cigarette smoke, but your teeth too. Smoking is in fact one of the most certain ways to ensure that your teeth become yellow in the shortest time possible. There is only one way to prevent this – don’t smoke!
We all need hydrating, but our choice of beverage is likely to affect the quality of our teeth. Whilst water will not damage them, tea and coffee will stain them over a period of time whilst sugary and fizzy drinks will attack the enamel of our teeth and make then more vulnerable to staining.
Some of the worst affects of smoking and drinking can be negated through regular brushing and flossing of the teeth. However, this will only limit it to a degree, whilst the ageing process is something that no one can do anything about. This means that to effectively turn your yellow teeth into beautiful white ones, a trip to the cosmetic dentist is needed.
There are two main procedures which can help to give you white teeth once again. The easiest and cheapest of these is the simple tooth whitening procedure which only takes an hour to perform and is non invasive. This should improve the whiteness of your teeth by a factor of around seven. It should be noted that home teeth whitening kits are not as effective and tooth whitening toothpastes even less so. This treatment will work best on mildly stained teeth, but for the heavier stained teeth, a dental veneer is the best solution. This works in a similar manner to a false fingernail and is a very fine layer of porcelain which fits to the front of the tooth after the corresponding thickness has been removed.
Either of these two procedures will nearly certainly improve the appearance of your teeth and give the confident white smile that you have been looking for.
Charles Crossland is a dental writer specialising in various aspects of Cosmetic Dentistry