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What Causes Yellow or Discolored Teeth and What Can I Do About It?

Does anyone wake up one day, look in the mirror, and feel thankful that their teeth look yellow and stained? We don’t think there are too many people out there (if any at all) that enjoy having yellow, stained teeth.

If you have discolored teeth, have you ever asked yourself, “What did I do to get stained teeth? What can I do to get rid of this nasty discoloring?”

If you’ve found yourself asking the same or similar questions about your smile, you’ve come to the right place— our dental blog dedicated to helping patients learn more about dentistry and our services to fix common dental problems.

Our experienced dentists at Dental Town are going to answer those two common questions— Why are my teeth stained and discolored? What can I do about stained, discolored teeth?

Join us!


Why are my teeth stained? What causes tooth discoloration?

whitening-squareThese are two common questions we get asked quite a bit at Dental Town. We understand that many of our patients are concerned with the way their smile looks, and rightly so— it’s the first thing people usually notice about you.

Well, you need to know that you must take care of your smile in order to have a beautiful set of pearly whites for the future. How do you take care of your teeth on a daily basis? Are there certain foods or beverages that you avoid because you know they’re harmful to your teeth and gums?

Armed with the right knowledge about healthy oral care, you can incorporate healthy dental habits and teach your kids, too. So that’s why we’re going to present a few foods, beverages, and habits to avoid in order to prevent teeth staining as much as possible.

Tooth discoloration and staining is typically caused by any of the following:

  • drinking dark-colored beverages— cola, black and dark-colored tea (hot and cold), coffee, red wine, certain fruit juices, and others
  • smoking tobacco products— cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco
  • a genetic predisposition
  • natural aging processes
  • some antibiotics— Tetracycline

If you intend to have a bright, white smile for years to come, avoid excessive use and consumption of these products. By doing so, you’ll also help your overall health in addition to your dental health!

Although, if you are a multiple-cup-per-day coffee drinker or a consistent smoker, there is hope.


How to get rid of yellow tooth discoloration and staining

kid-in-chairMaybe you’ve tried really hard to avoid the products and habits mentioned above, but there are certain factors that you cannot avoid, such as aging and the natural wear and tear on your teeth over time.

So, now at age 38, maybe you have stained teeth. How do you fix discolored teeth? How can you brighten and whiten your teeth after all of these years?

With professional teeth whitening, of course!

Teeth whitening at our office is much more effective at whitening patient’s teeth compared to over-the-counter whitening pastes and rinses. Sure you might see a little benefit using those products (lots of people don’t see any positive results, though), but the results typically won’t last.

However, with teeth whitening at Dental Town, you can smile confidently for many years to come (providing you practice effective oral care, too).

Of course, if you have heavily stained teeth and professional teeth whitening won’t work, then porcelain veneers may be the best solution.

Porcelain veneers fix severely stained teeth. Be sure to ask our cosmetic dentists about dental veneers.


Fix tooth discoloration and staining with our cosmetic dentistry services

cleanings-squareIf you are interested in learning more about the teeth whitening and porcelain veneers options we offer at Dental Town, give us a call or contact us online by using this page.

When you come in for your consultation appointment, one of our dentists will speak with you regarding the teeth whitening and porcelain veneers options. At this time you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions and to schedule your first teeth whitening or veneers appointment at one of our locations (Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, or Johns Creek).

Get the smile you deserve— choose professional teeth whitening or porcelain veneers!