Over the course of your life, your enamel will become more fine from everyday use and brushing. Underneath the enamel on your teeth is a layer called dentin, which is more yellow in color and may begin to start showing more and more as you age.
Different foods and drinks that contain chromogens, acids and tannins could easily stain your teeth.
- Chromogens - have powerful pigments that bind to tooth enamel.
- Tannins – are plant based substances that help keep stains on your teeth.
- Acids – make tooth enamel softer, which helps set stains in.
Both the nicotine and the tar found in tobacco will cause discoloration to your teeth.
Sometimes when the mouth is injured/hit, teeth that have been impacted by the injury may turn yellow. When this happens, teeth create more dentin underneath the enamel as a response to the trauma. This in turn will cause the affected teeth to look yellower/darker.
Certain medications can make your teeth susceptible to discolor. Some antihistamines, such as Benadryl, can possibly darken your teeth as a side effect. High blood pressure drugs and antipsychotics may also result in discolored teeth.
Dr. Finkel and his advanced whitening method is highly accurate at restoring the original color of your teeth. Whatever the cause of your stained teeth may be, give us a call today to learn more or schedule an appointment now.