Help! My Teeth Are Yellow

Yellowing teeth is a normal part of aging. But, not all are fans of discolored teeth. If you’re looking to whiten your teeth and remove years of stains on your teeth, you may be the right candidate for teeth whitening treatments.

At Momentum Dental in Woodbridge, VA, Tamesha Morris, DDS, and our experienced dentists can provide teeth whitening services to get your smile healthy and beautiful. 

Why teeth turn yellow

As we age, our teeth can take a turn. The leading cause of yellow teeth is ageing. 

In fact, our teeth change a lot as we age and are impacted by environmental factors. For example, tooth enamel tends to wear away with aging. Teeth are more vulnerable to decay and discoloration.

Tooth loss can also occur, making it harder to chew. When you do lose your teeth, the portion of the jaw bone that held those teeth in place gradually recedes and does not maintain its previous height. In any case, yellow teeth are often the first sign you need to see a dentist.

Other factors that contribute to brown, yellow, or discolored teeth include:

Foods that cause discoloration 

Yes, your food can change the color of your teeth! You can still consume these foods, of course, but you may want to limit your intake to prevent yellowing. These foods include:

Eating these foods in moderation is recommended.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a popular treatment option to whiten teeth and remove yellow stains.

Teeth whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry. Whitening procedures use medical-grade bleaching solutions to remove years of stains, repairing your enamel to its white condition.

There are many types of teeth whitening available, but the main ingredient in all are carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. 

How is teeth whitening performed

To begin, your teeth are covered with a protective dam. A cleaning agent is then applied to each tooth. The solution sits for 10-15 minutes while a blue light shines on your teeth.

The light works to create a bleaching reaction, removing stains and discoloration. The application of the cleaning agent is performed several times to achieve the full whitening effect. 

The treatment can last for months, even years. You may also opt for many treatments over time. 

Other treatment options

If teeth whitening doesn’t sound appealing, consider bonding or veneer treatments. A bonding procedure involves fusing material to stained areas of your teeth to change their color or shape. It’s a common procedure that can also prevent other oral conditions like tooth loss.

Veneers are considered a replacement option for yellow, discolored teeth. A dentist pulls a thin shell/material over the entire tooth, changing the color and shape of the tooth.

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, visit the specialists at Momentum Dental. Remove years of discoloration with the help of safe and effective teeth whitening procedures. Call or book your appointment today.

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