DiscolouredTeeth

Discoloured teeth can be caused by myriad reasons.

Some people have naturally white teeth and some don’t. However, most of our patients’ at elleven want to have a brighter smile.

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About This Condition

The cause for the discolouration can be internal or external.

Extrinsic causes occur when the enamel becomes stained. Factors that contribute to the staining of teeth can include:

  • Consuming certain drinks – coffee, tea, red wine
  • Food containing turmeric
  • Constant drinking of lemon water/fruit juices can wear away the enamel
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor dental hygiene causes the build up of tartar (plaque)

Intrinsic causes happen when the structure of the internal tooth (the dentine) becomes darker, showing through the enamel. Some reasons for this are:

  • Ageing- the enamel wears away with time exposing the underlying darker dentine
  • Being overexposed to fluoride as a child causes fluorosis
  • A tooth that has been root treated will darken
  • An untreated traumatised tooth
  • Antibiotic treatment in childhood for example tetracycline
  • Certain enamel conditions like amelogeneisis imperfecta

Maintaining good oral hygiene as well as good life style choices is the best way to prevent discolouration of the teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as keeping up with regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are all good practices for maintaining good oral health, and your dentist will also help to remove any extrinsic stains. Avoiding certain foods and drinks is also advisable.

Treating discoloured teeth can vary, according to the reason and many people try home remedies. The best way to whiten your teeth is to visit your dentist, who will advise you the best way to give your teeth a natural lustre. This may range from simple home whitening remedies to cosmetic bonding or veneers.

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