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Tooth Discolouration: How to Deal With Stained Teeth

If you don’t like to open your mouth because you’re self-conscious about other people seeing the colour of your teeth, you’re not alone. Stained and discoloured teeth are common problems for many, and they can really impact your confidence.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can address discolouration and staining of your teeth; however, knowing and understanding the causes and how they can be prevented in the first place can help reduce the need for treatment.

In this guide, we’ll talk you through everything you need to know about dealing with stained or discoloured teeth.

What Causes Stained Teeth?

Stains are often caused by lifestyle choices. If you’re a smoker, this is likely to cause lead to severe staining over time. Other causes could include drinking too much tea, coffee, or red wine as well as eating lots of acidic or spicy foods, or eating berries. 

While you don’t need to necessarily ditch the morning Americano, it’s probably worthwhile cutting back a little on indulgences that darken your teeth.

What Causes Teeth to Turn Yellow?

To understand what causes your teeth to turn yellow, we’ll need to look at how a tooth is made up. The outside of your teeth are made from enamel. This is the toughest material found in the human body; however, it can become thinner over time. Possible causes for this include age and brushing too hard.

Once the enamel becomes thinner, the material below will show through. This is lower layer is called dentin and because it’s darker, your teeth will take on a yellowish colour.

How to Prevent Stains and Discolouration

The first step in preventing discolouration and stains is to review your brushing habits. Using a good quality fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen the enamel in your teeth. Brush twice a day for two minutes at a time for the best results, and always use a soft toothbrush.In addition to brushing, you should also floss and use mouthwash.

If you’re particularly fond of anything that may stain your teeth, you may want to look at reducing the amount you consume and try to brush after eating or drinking it.

How to Make Your Smile Brighter

If you’re wanting to freshen up your smile and add some sparkle, there are two things you should do. First, make an appointment with our hygienist. Here, we’ll provide you with a scale and polish and use cutting-edge technology that will eliminate plaque and tartar build-ups.

Next, to really brighten up your smile, we recommend Enlighten teeth whitening treatment. This at-home whitening treatment will lighten your teeth to a B1 shade in just two weeks. That’s the most natural shade of white it’s possible to attain. 

Best of all, most of the treatment can be done from the comfort of your own home. Once your smile is almost at its brightest, we’ll get you into the clinic to perfect its sparkle.

Say Goodbye to Discoloured Teeth at NuDental

Make stained and discoloured teeth a thing of the past. Book an appointment today to fresh and brighten your smile.

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