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Are Yellowing Teeth Inevitable as You Age?

October 10, 2022
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Posted By: Prairie Dental Care

Freshly fallen snow, a translucent pearl, and brilliant quartz crystals are a few things that approach the gorgeous whiteness of your teeth when they were brand-new. But over time, your smile may lose some of that luster, appearing dimmer than you remember. So, no, it’s not the lighting or crud on the mirror, your teeth may actually be becoming yellower, but this effect doesn’t have to be inevitable.

The good news is that the Prairie Dental Care team can restore your smile’s luminescence. But first, we want to help you understand the factors behind these changes in your teeth and how they dictate which teeth whitening treatment will be the most effective with the least hassle.

Yellowing Caused on Tooth Surfaces

The causes of yellow teeth fall under two general categories: extrinsic and intrinsic staining. Extrinsic stains reside on the outside layers of your teeth and usually have external causes. These include staining from things you consume, especially the following culprits:

  • Dark teas and black coffee
  • Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and pomegranates
  • Red wine
  • Grape juice
  • Soft drinks, especially cola
  • Curry-containing dishes

Because they are on the outer layers of your teeth, these stains will likely respond to the professional teeth whitening treatments we offer in Aurora, IL.

Internal Teeth Factors May Cause Teeth Yellowing

Intrinsic stains are, as the name implies, internal to your teeth. The primary cause of this type of discoloration is the layer of tooth material that lives beneath your tooth enamel. This material, called dentin, is brownish and darker than your tooth enamel. As you age, a natural effect is that your enamel thins, allowing more of the dentin layer to show through. We observe this also with metallic fillings that show through your tooth enamel and darken your smile.

Though intrinsic stains don’t respond well to teeth whitening, our dentists may offer several other cosmetic dental options. For example, a dental veneer covers an entire tooth surface with a porcelain restoration that simulates the whiteness of fresh tooth enamel. In addition, we can match the shade of your veneer to match your natural teeth for a seamless look.

Teeth Whitening Dentist in Aurora, IL

If you’re ready to exchange a yellowing smile for a new set of possibilities, we welcome your call to our dental office. We proudly serve our friends and neighbors in North Aurora, Sugar Grove, Geneva, Batavia, Oswego, and Montgomery, whitening smiles in every corner of our region. So call us today to start on the path to a more brilliant smile. 

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