"My smile is very important to me. I never really had huge issues with my teeth but I did have some spacing that I was not happy with. Deciding to get invisalign was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The hard part was finding a facility that would tend to my needs and make me feel at home. I researched for quite some time before actually picking a place, but I finally ended up choosing Luxury Dentistry.”
- Darween F.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by a number of factors. If your parents have yellowish colored teeth, it is possible that your teeth will eventually become yellow as you age, as tooth color is linked to hereditary factors. Additionally, many everyday substances and lifestyle choices can alter the natural color of our teeth. Childhood intake of certain antibiotics and excessive fluoride exposure can result in stains on the teeth. Certain medical conditions, traumas, and even dental procedures can lead to discolored teeth. Many foods can stain the teeth, including tea, coffee, wine, blue berries, soy sauce, dark sodas and beers, and many others. Chewing and smoking tobacco is known to cause stains and darkening. Poor dental hygiene will contribute to discoloration, as the buildup of plaque and tartar make it easier for stains to accumulate on the surface of the teeth. Additionally, some supplements and prescription medications can lead to discoloration. On top of all of these factors, teeth simply tend to darken as we age.
What color should my teeth be?
Some individuals have naturally very light or whiter shades of teeth. Other people have a naturally occurring yellowish tint to their teeth. In order to achieve the best cosmetic results in teeth whitening, it is important to be able to determine the original natural color of the teeth. It is also important to understand the cause of the color change. Only a highly skilled and qualified dentist, like the dentists at Luxury Dentistry NYC, will be able to accurately determine your natural tooth color and diagnose the reason for the change in color, so that a proper whitening treatment plan can be created.