Do you ever look at old pictures of yourself and think “my teeth used to be so white, what happened?” Having yellow teeth is not fun for anyone. It often makes our Pearland dentist’s patients feel insecure, preventing them from showing their true, beautiful smiles. You don’t have to be stuck with yellow teeth, though. We offer professional teeth whitening treatments you can enjoy right in the comfort of your own home once you understand what made your teeth lose their pearliness.
What Causes Teeth to Turn Yellow?
It is natural for aging to cause our teeth to take on a yellow hue, but other factors can easily influence their color.
Enamel is the whitest part of your tooth, at least when it’s healthy and strong, which is more common when we’re children. Our enamel naturally weakens as we get older as the result of wear and tear. When enamel is weakened, it exposes the underlying dentin, which is darker yellow in color. You can weaken your enamel by consuming acidic drinks and foods, such as sodas, sugary sweets, citruses, and starches.
Tannins Stain Our Teeth
As an adult, you are far more likely to enjoy beverages such as coffee, tea, and wine, but they all contain one substance that is responsible for staining your teeth: Tannins.
Tannins are harmless. In fact, they are actually good for you because they act as antioxidants, which aid in improving your overall health. Consuming these beverages in moderation will likely not discolor your teeth, but if you consume them every day, then that may very well be the cause of yellowing.
Our Pearland Teeth Whitening Treatments Are More Effective Than Store-Bought Treatments
Although there are tons of over-the-counter products that help whiten your teeth, they don’t last long because they merely polish the surface. At Kirby Smiles in Pearland, Texas, our dentists offer whitening trays customized to each individual so our patients get a proper fit. Along with the trays, we also provide professional-grade whitening gel that is applied directly to the teeth. This gel releases oxygen ions, which remove any deep stains, resulting in a smile that is up to 8 times whiter.
Our Pearland Cosmetic Dentist Offers Custom At-Home Teeth Whitening Trays
If you would like to whiten your teeth so they look strong and healthy again, then please request an appointment with us. We will discuss your desired results, how to achieve them, and how to ensure you can show off your white smile for longer.