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Help! My Teeth are Yellow

Whether you were born with yellow teeth or they developed over time, you’re not alone if you feel embarrassed about having anything less than a shiny smile. People consider a sparkling smile so important that more than 80% of Americans ages 18-49 say they desire whiter teeth. 

The good news is that whiter teeth are achievable. The development of safe, effective professional whitening treatments and other advances in cosmetic dentistry can help you enjoy the whitest smile possible no matter what the cause of your yellow teeth. 

You’ll get the best results by consulting a dentist whose expertise includes whitening yellow teeth. Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, of the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts in Tempe, Arizona, provides professional cosmetic dentistry services for patients with yellow and discolored teeth. Using state-of-the-art equipment and proven procedures, Dr. Smallwood can help you achieve the dazzling smile you desire and the self-confidence that comes with feeling your best. 

Learn more about solutions for yellow teeth and how they can make a difference in the way you look and feel about yourself.

Causes of yellow teeth

Yellow teeth can occur for a variety of preventable and unpreventable reasons. The sources of the discoloration and the types of stains will determine which treatment will be most successful in improving the color of your teeth.

Extrinsic tooth stains

Extrinsic tooth stains are those that occur on the outer surface, or enamel, of your teeth. They can develop over time as a result of consuming dark-colored foods and beverages, such as red wine, berries, coffee, or tea. Practicing poor dental hygiene, chewing tobacco, or smoking can also cause these types of stains and make your teeth yellow and dull.

Intrinsic tooth stains

Intrinsic tooth stains are those that develop on the dentin, the layer underneath your enamel. Tooth trauma, fluoride overuse, and using certain medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, can contribute to the development of intrinsic tooth stains. 

The condition can also result from root canals and medical therapies, such as radiation and chemotherapy, and genetics. Furthermore, dentin is typically yellow to begin with. And with the aging process, the enamel can thin and cause the dentin to show through more. 

Professional teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening can deliver remarkable improvement for most types of extrinsic stains. With proper oral hygiene and avoiding staining food and beverages, your results can last 6-12 months.

While over-the-counter whitening treatments can deliver some noticeable results, they use weaker whitening agents to prevent consumers from damaging their teeth and gums with improper use. Professional teeth whitening uses stronger whitening agents, because their use is supervised by a dentist.

The Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts offers professional teeth whitening through at-home kits and in-office treatments. 

In-office treatments

Our in-office Zoom! treatments can whiten your teeth up to eight shades in an hour. It involves coating each tooth with a whitening agent and then shining an intense blue LED lamp on your teeth to accelerate the whitening process.

This treatment contains the highest concentration of whitening chemicals that can remove stains safely. It also uses desensitizers that allow you to get maximum results without damaging your teeth or gums.

At-home treatments

At-home professional teeth whitening involves using individualized bleaching trays that fit perfectly around every tooth because they’re made from a mold of your mouth. After filling the trays with a professional-grade whitening gel, you wear the trays for up to an hour every day for a few weeks. The process delivers dramatic results, though at a slower pace than in-office treatments.

Long-term solutions

While professional teeth whitening can deliver dramatic results, it may not be sufficient to provide the look you desire if your teeth are naturally yellow due to genetics or intrinsic stains. Based on the condition of your teeth and your goals, Dr. Smallwood may recommend a more permanent solution for your yellow teeth. 

A dental veneer is a thin shell of ceramic or porcelain that fits over the exterior of each tooth. Because each veneer is customized, you can use a dental veneer to change the color of your teeth by covering them in the shade of your choice.

If your yellow teeth are also damaged as the result of injury or disease, you may need dental crowns. These tooth-shaped coverings fit over each damaged tooth. Since they’re customized, you can select your crowns in a whiter shade than your natural teeth.

With proper care and dental hygiene, a dental veneer or dental crown can last 5-15 years or longer.

To find out more about cosmetic dentistry treatments that can give you the smile you desire, book an appointment online or over the phone with the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts today.

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