Are These Things Making Your Teeth Lose Their Luster?

Are These Things Making Your Teeth Lose Their Luster?

Noticing your teeth aren’t as bright and white as they used to be isn’t something you’re likely to smile about. Over time, teeth can lose luster, and your daily habits may contribute to your less-than-perfect smile.

At Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore, Missouri, Dr. Joshua Whitford and Dr. Jessica Whitford knows what it takes to make a smile great. They offer several in-office services, including professional teeth whitening and dental cleanings to restore the luster of your teeth and bring back your pearly white smile. He also offers insight into what may be the cause of your dull, discolored teeth.

The many causes of tooth discoloration

There are a number of reasons your teeth may not look as great as they can. Some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration include:

Poor oral hygiene

For many people, the ultimate cause of tooth discoloration is the neglect of your overall oral hygiene. In order to keep your smile white and bright, Dr. Whitford recommends brushing and flossing at least two times a day to remove bacteria and plaque buildup. 

You also need a routine dental cleaning every six months to get rid of food particles and plaque that at-home brushing misses.

Regular use of tooth-staining products

Your daily habits can both trigger and worsen tooth discoloration and dullness. If you smoke or chew tobacco, your risk for serious diseases like cancer increases, and the habit will stain the outer layer of your teeth’s enamel.

When you frequently consume staining foods or drinks, like beets, wine, and coffee, you’re more likely to end up with dingy, stained teeth.

Inner enamel damage

The inner layer of your teeth’s enamel can be damaged over time, especially if you use certain medications daily that can harm the enamel. These medications may include beta blockers for high blood pressure, antidepressants for mental health issues, and antihistamines for allergies.

If you sustain an injury to your teeth, such as a crack or a chip, it can lead to discoloration in the underlying enamel.

Other possible causes for tooth discoloration include:

While you may feel embarrassed by your yellowed, dull-looking teeth, Dr. Whitford can work closely with you on a treatment plan to restore the vitality of your smile.

Treatment options for discolored teeth

Addressing discoloration in your teeth isn’t something you should put off for long. The earlier you seek Dr. Whitford’s help for whitening and brightening your teeth, the better your results will be. Waiting too long can lead to permanent staining and possible tooth damage that requires more invasive treatments.

Early care options for tooth discoloration available at Silverlake Dentistry include:

Routine dental checkups

One of the most important things you can do for your smile and overall dental health is to schedule and follow through with your routine dental checkups. Typically, a visit to Silverlake Dentistry every six months is optimal for protecting the appearance and health of your teeth.

During your routine visit, we examine your oral health and identifies issues that may lead to tooth discoloration and decay. Early detection of underlying dental issues can then be addressed quickly to prevent worsening your condition.

Following your checkup, you can expect to receive thorough, professional teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup and restore the natural luster of your tooth enamel.

Teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening services can instantly restore the whiteness, brightness, and natural beauty of your teeth. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, in-office whitening can achieve much better results.

Dr. Whitford also ensures your teeth and gums are protected throughout your treatment. He offers custom whitening trays that you can use safely at home without further damaging your enamel.

If you’re ready to show off a whiter, brighter smile, schedule a dental evaluation with Silverlake Dentistry by calling our office or requesting an appointment online today.

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