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Why Are My Teeth Discolored?

A bright white smile is a person’s best selling point. When we meet a person or just seeing someone’s picture, we often times base our first impression on that person through his or her smile. A bright white smile always gives a good impression, not just for socializing but also in job interviews. Sadly, there are so many factors that could discolor our teeth and they are grouped into two.

Extrinsic Discoloration

This occurs when the outer layer of our teeth, the enamel, is stained by wine, candy, cola, and other food products that can stain the teeth or are darker in color. Smoking is another big factor on extrinsic discoloration of teeth.

Intrinsic Discoloration

Intrinsic discoloration is when the internal structure of your teeth becomes yellowish or darker. This is usually a result of trauma when you were younger that could have damaged the permanent tooth or nerve, something that caused internal bleeding, or excessive exposure to fluoride.

Age-Related Discoloration

This is extrinsic and intrinsic combined. Enamel gets thinner due to old age and our dentin overtime can become yellow. Of course, when the teeth of a person is yellow and discolored, it can hinder the appearance and instantly cause a bad impression on other people. It can also affect the self-esteem of the individual or cause physical discomfort.

Only brushing your teeth with regularity might not be enough because of the amount of ingredients we intake daily that could affect the color of our teeth.

At Speaks Orthodontics, we use state-of-the-art orthodontic techniques and technologies. We treat patients as friends and are enthusiastic to improve smiles daily!