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The radiant appearance of a young smile won’t last forever, but our dentist at Devonshire Dental Care can help bring it back.

People say that death and taxes are two things that will always happen. We would add a third, which is that your teeth will lose their shine as you get older.

This happens because the layer of dentin underneath the enamel gets darker over time. This makes your teeth look more dull. There’s not much we can do to stop this, and it’s as sure as getting wrinkles as we age.

As we’ll see later, both of these things happen naturally, but there are treatments at Devonshire Dental Care that can give us back that white smile from when we were younger. We can, in fact, also help you with your lines. 

But before we talk about treatments, let’s look at why our teeth get damaged and dull over time. We already talked about how the inside of our teeth can change colour, so let’s look at some other ways our teeth can change colour.

When smoking

Smoking is one of the most significant factors that cause teeth to get severely discoloured. Much of the tar from the smoke will adhere to your teeth (and possibly your lungs!), as it is a very sticky substance. Smokers who smoke more frequently can anticipate teeth that over time turn quite yellow or even brown. Once you have completely quit smoking, even brushing your teeth will not be able to eradicate this, thus you will require cosmetic dental work to restore their colour.

Stains due to food and drinks 

There are too many foods and beverages to name here that can cause tooth stains, but there are a few that are often eaten and which you may want to think about stopping or at the very least reducing. A few of these include:

  • Colas
  • Curry
  • Tea
  • Blueberries
  • Red wine
  • Coffee
  • Soy sauce

Of course, there are a lot more, and avoiding them all would be next to impossible. If you feel that your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be, brushing thoroughly will help, and we at Devonshire Dental Care are always here to offer assistance.

Eroding enamel

Another thing that also causes discolouration is Energy drinks. Even though they don’t stain by themselves, these have significant acid content that can destroy tooth enamel and give it a rough surface. since of this roughness, food and drink are more likely to discolour your teeth since they get stuck in the minuscule surface crevices. This may cause tooth discolouration in addition to tooth sensitivity and potentially tooth decay. It is important to stay as far away from these beverages as you can.

Dental Trauma

A blow on your teeth while engaging in physical activity or during a fall can cause damage. Even if there are no breaks in the tooth, trauma can harm the blood vessels and nerves within the tooth, which can cause the pulp to die. When this occurs, it may release chemicals that cause the tooth to turn a darker shade of colour.

Genetics

Even though you take care of your teeth, occasionally they may still become discoloured more quickly. Our DNA may be one factor in this. The truth is that some individuals are more genetically prone to having dental enamel that is weaker than others. When the enamel is thinner, it is more translucent and the darker dentin beneath it will be more visible than when the enamel is thicker. 

How to Clean or Remove Stains from Teeth

Dealing with stained teeth can be anxiety-provoking, especially for those who dislike seeing the dentist. Fortunately, getting rid of stains is typically a really easy technique that doesn’t hurt at all! Although some methods will necessitate a trip to the dentist, many of the ways to remove stains from teeth are easy and secure to try at home.

There are several ways to remove stains from teeth, including:

#1. The use of whitening toothpaste – Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a common ingredient in toothpaste, which makes it simpler to remove stains. Although this particular toothpaste uses a modest amount of baking soda, it is a powerful ingredient. Having a professional teeth whitening procedure is another treatment option.

#2. Maintain proper oral hygiene – Poor oral hygiene can contribute to badly stained teeth. However maintaining proper dental hygiene on your teeth at home can help limit any stains on your teeth.  If you have dental decay, it is possible to stop the growth in its early stages, by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, which can make the appearance of stains less noticeable. Improved cleaning and hygiene practises, such as flossing, can also remove plaque and assist in lowering the possibility of acquiring black tartar.

#3. Think about alternative approaches – While it is possible to completely eliminate problem foods and beverages, it is also fully viable to find substitutes or workarounds for products that stain the surface of your teeth. Try using a straw or switching from coffee to another caffeinated beverage. Red wine drinkers might think about switching to white.

#4. Teeth whiteningOne of the best ways to change the colour of your teeth is by teeth whitening. Our teeth become stained by the things we eat, drink, and do in our daily lives, like smoking. Only teeth whitening treatment can restore the whiteness of these teeth because the deep-set stains cannot be removed by brushing alone.

Get in touch with us!

The treatment that you might need to restore your teeth’s youthful shine will depend on the cause of your situation, as you can see from the explanations listed above. We do advise everyone to visit one of our Devonshire Dental Care dentists regularly for check ups and to visit the dental hygienist twice a year for scaling and polish. Through improved dental health, both of these can help in lowering the chance of discolouration.

There are two primary techniques that we could use to aid when your teeth have become stained. Since it may be performed as frequently as necessary, the teeth whitening technique is becoming very popular and is an inexpensive, non-invasive way to keep your teeth looking white over the long term.

Porcelain veneers can be installed to repair the discoloured enamel if teeth are more severely stained, such as in a smoker. Even though it necessitates a more invasive procedure than teeth whitening, this option is incredibly effective and long-lasting.

We advise speaking with one of our dental professionals if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your discoloured teeth so they can evaluate them and provide the necessary advice. Call Devonshire Dental Care at 0141 339 3123 to schedule an appointment TODAY!