Help! My Teeth Are Yellow

If you see a smile full of dingy teeth in the mirror, you’re not alone. Coffee, tea, cigarettes, medications, and even aging: All of these and more can stain your teeth.

Everyone admires a bright, white smile, but you don’t have to let yellowed teeth affect your confidence. These days, plenty of teeth whitening products can lift stains and boost your confidence. But which of these products is right for your smile?

Beatriz Parra, DDS, and our team at Millennium Dental have the expertise and the tools to give you the whiter smile you’ve always wanted. With professional whitening available in the office and at home, we have teeth whitening solutions to tackle even the toughest stains.

The causes of tooth discoloration

Your teeth have a hard layer of enamel on the surface. It’s naturally white, but your diet, lifestyle, genetics, and other factors can give enamel a discolored tinge over time.

Yellowed enamel is extremely common, and one of the biggest causes of this type of discoloration is the natural aging process. The material underneath enamel is called dentin, and it has a yellowish color. Over the years, your enamel thins and the dentin begins to show through, giving your teeth a yellowed appearance.

Other possible causes of tooth discoloration are diet and lifestyle habits. Enjoying darkly colored foods and beverages stains teeth over time. Some common culprits are coffee, tea, dark sodas, and red wine. Foods like berries and tomato-based products can also stain teeth. 

Tobacco products, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco, are not only harmful to your health, but they also contribute to tooth discoloration. Certain medications, like some antihistamines, antipsychotics, or tetracycline antibiotics, can also discolor your teeth.

Healthy habits for white teeth

The best way to prevent tooth damage and staining is brushing your teeth regularly. Dr. Parra and our team encourage all of our patients to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Keeping up with brushing, and using a whitening toothpaste, help to remove food particles that create stains over time.

If you smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products, consider quitting. Quitting stops tobacco stains from getting worse, and it’s a good choice for your overall health too.

Strong oral hygiene and dentist-approved whitening toothpaste can keep new stains to a minimum, but at-home whitening can’t lift years of stains that yellow your smile. If you want a dramatically brighter smile, it’s time to find out what professional teeth whitening can do.

Transform your smile with professional teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening at Millennium Dental is a personalized treatment. If you’re interested in teeth whitening, Dr. Parra and our team perform an exam to assess the type of staining you have.

Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening trays and strips, treatments at the dentist contain more powerful bleaching agents, and they’re administered by professionals. Our team works with you to lighten your teeth up to eight shades, while minimizing gum irritation and other side effects.

In-office whitening is quick and effective, with most appointments taking less than an hour. Dr. Parra carefully applies the whitening solution and protects surrounding tissue, and you’ll leave the office with a significantly brighter smile.

Another popular option is at-home whitening, because it puts you in control. Our team fits you with a custom whitening tray, and you wear it at night for a week or more — whenever you feel like your smile could use a boost.

It’s time to stop hiding your smile. Get a customized teeth whitening plan from Dr. Parra at Millennium Dental in Redwood City, California. Call us at 650-204-3548 or book an appointment online now.

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