Why do Teeth Darken?

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Several things can combine and cause your teeth to darken. Many reasons teeth darken cannot be avoided, but others can be reduced based on lifestyle choices. Regardless of why your teeth have darkened, a teeth whitening treatment from Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Miyake can have your teeth sparkling white in no time at all.

Lifestyle Choices

Lifestyle choices such as consuming coffee, tea, and red wine, or tobacco use can all cause your teeth to darken. These stains, as well as those caused by foods high in sugars and carbohydrates, can often be removed through in-office or professional take-home teeth whitening solutions.

You can minimize the impact of these stains in between treatments by quitting smoking, reducing your intake of dark foods and beverages, and using a mildly abrasive, ADA approved whitening toothpaste.

Natural Factors

Things beyond your control that will stain and darken your teeth include:

  • Aging – As you age, your tooth enamel will begin to thin, revealing the yellowing dentin below
  • Genetics – Some people are simply born with darker colored teeth
  • Tetracycline and fluoride – Despite their many benefits, tetracycline and fluoride can cause serious staining below your enamel

When your teeth are darkened by one of these factors, a bleaching solution will be ineffective at restoring a white appearance. Tooth whitening with veneers is the best solution in these instances.

Teeth can darken for any number of reasons and no single solution will address all types of discoloration. During your teeth whitening evaluation with Dr. Miyake, the cause of your tooth discoloration can be discovered and the best solution for your smile determined.

If you live in the areas of Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California and are interested in finding the most effective solution for whitening your teeth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.