Treating Yellow Teeth

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No one likes it when they have yellow teeth. It prevents many from smiling and can lower self esteem. If you know what the cause behind the yellow teeth is, you can treat it and prevent further yellowing.

Causes of Yellow Teeth

Natural Causes

As cruel as it can be, sometimes a person’s teeth aren’t as white as others are naturally. A tooth’s enamel is typically white, but the dentin layer underneath is yellow. If the enamel isn’t mineralized properly, it will be translucent, so the yellow dentin will show through. The only way to fix this problem is to talk to your dentist about advanced methods to whiten your teeth.

Aging

The older you get, the yellower your teeth will get, no matter how great you are about taking care of your teeth. As you age, your enamel wears down, so the yellow dentin is more visible.

Oral Hygiene

This really should go without saying, but just in case, bad oral hygiene will yellow your teeth. Not brushing, not flossing, and not visiting your dentist for regular cleanings will always lead to yellow teeth.

Eating Habits

Certain food and drinks will stain your teeth. Tobacco, whether you smoke or chew, will also stain your teeth.

 Treating Yellow Teeth

There are a few things you can do to treat your yellow teeth. Of course, the big ones are to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. You should also try to brush your teeth after consuming staining foods and beverages, such as soda and coffee. You can use over-the-counter whitening strips as well, found at practically every grocery store or pharmacy.

If you need more advanced whitening, talk to your dentist about it. Your dentist may be able to professionally whiten them with bleaching or possibly recommend porcelain veneers.

What’s the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns?

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are both used to improve the appearance of your teeth, but they’re used for different reasons. Veneers have replaced dental crowns as treatment for some situations, but the two aren’t interchangeable.

So what’s the difference and why are they used?

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers don’t restore teeth; they improve their appearance. They can only be used on the front teeth, and they can correct the following dental issues:

  • chipped or cracked teeth;
  • minor gaps between teeth;
  • minor misaligned teeth; and/or
  • misshapen teeth.

Dentists do not have to restructure the front teeth to make room for a veneer like they do crowns, so veneers are the preferred treatment when possible.[..Read More]

Does Teeth Whitening Work for Everyone?

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular trends for quickly brightening up a smile that has been dulled with age, smoking, and drinking tea, coffee, soft drinks, and red wine. Many people turn to the over-the-counter methods found in whitening toothpastes and even teeth whitening products, but many also turn to professional teeth whitening for more instant and longer-lasting results.

However, teeth whitening isn’t the best or even viable option for everyone. On an occasion, it won’t work at all. Talk with your dentist about whether you are a candidate for successful teeth whitening, even if you want to use over-the-counter methods.

For example, teeth whitening is recommended for pregnant women or children under 16. With pregnant women, the hormones are constantly changing, which  does affect tooth structure as well as gum health. Wait until after the baby is born to try to fix any stains caused by craving unhealthy food and/or severe morning sickness. With under-16 children, their adult teeth are still developing. Agents found in teeth whitening treatment can damage the developing teeth, especially the pulp chambers, which can cause sensitivity.[..Read More]

People Considered Healthier and Smarter with Straight Teeth

Everyone wants to live up to the mantra of not judging a book by its cover, but no one can deny that they do plenty of cover judging. According to a new study from the makers of Invisalign and Kelton research, straight teeth is a huge factor in first impression assumptions.

Kelton presented images of people with varying smiles and teeth to a sample of 1,047 Americans, and then asked the participants to give their honest opinions about the people in the images. The research participants were completely unaware that they were asked to compare straight and crooked teeth. The results were loud and clear: Americans typically assume that people with straight teeth are happier, healthier, and more successful professionally than those with crooked teeth.

Nearly one-third of the participants said that one’s teeth is the first feature they notice with new people. Twenty-four percent said that one’s teeth is the feature they remember the most after meeting someone.[..Read More]

Recovering from Gum Graft Surgery

Finally, let’s talk recovery from gum tissue graft surgery. You will not have to be hospitalized or anything like that; you can go home immediately after your surgery, but you will need a ride home.

Until the area has healed, do not brush or floss the gum lines that were affected. Instead, rinse your mouth with a special, dentist-prescribed mouthwash to clean the area and help prevent plaque buildup. Additionally, your periodontist may prescribe an antibiotic to cull the risk of infection.

For at least a week post-gum graft surgery, eat only soft, cool foods. For example, you can eat eggs, gelatin, yogurt, cottage cheese, pasta, ice cream, and well-cooked (super soft) vegetables. Definitely keep raw vegetables and crispy fruits, such as apples and pears, out of your diet until you are completely healed.[..Read More]