Teeth are a living part of our bodies – they grow, change, age and sometimes “die” in the form of decay. Our culture has fostered an image that pure white teeth are the ideal – but for most of us, a trend toward yellow teeth is more the norm.
It’s a cosmetic thing
The best thing to know about yellow teeth is that it doesn’t signal a medical problem. Yellow teeth can be as healthy as white ones. Yellowing is not only a common side-effect of stains from food and beverages, but also a natural part of the aging process.
But why yellow? Why not blue or green teeth?
The natural enamel of your teeth is a bluish-white color. Underneath that enamel is the dentin, which is a hard, bony tissue that happens to have a yellowish tint. A Science Focus writer even believes that slightly yellow teeth are stronger than naturally white ones, because it suggests a healthy amount of that vital tissue. Conversely, sometimes the yellow comes not from the dentin, but from plaque build-up. Read more on what causes yellow teeth here.
That other color
Sometimes the discoloration isn’t yellow, but appears as brown or lightly striped stains. In this case, the cause “could be the result of tetracycline antibiotics you were administered as a child, or from other medications,” notes Prevention. “It doesn’t mean the teeth are damaged, but your dentist can take cosmetic steps to remove those stains.”
Yellowing is not only a common side-effect of stains from food and beverages, but also a natural part of the aging process.
Sometimes, even when you’re very careful about what you eat and how you brush, your teeth will yellow naturally. Genetics could be behind this change; if your parents and grandparents had yellowish teeth, the chances are that you will too.
Dealing with yellow teeth
Most of us live our everyday lives paying not much attention to the effects that coffee, cigarettes, sugary foods, soda drinks can have on our teeth – until we notice that yellow tint.
It’s only natural to want the attractive appearance of healthy white teeth. Tooth-whitening toothpastes and commercial tooth strips provide temporary brightening.
But if you’re looking for a more long-lasting solution, your best bet could be a visit to a proven prosthodontist, or cosmetic dentist. You’ll learn about choices that include professional cleaning, safe bleaching or even veneers, with services that suit most budgets and schedules.
Trust the experts
In Ft. Lauderdale, Dr. John C. Stone has 30 years of experience providing the best cosmetic dentistry. A visit to his office can guide you toward learning the best option for long-term results.
Call Dr. Stone’s office today for a free consultation.