What causes teeth to become stained and discolored?

Woman Pointing at her Teeth Staining and discoloration of the teeth are common problems that affect many people even when they maintain a good oral hygiene. Aging is one of the basic reasons for this condition. As a child most people have natural white teeth, but with age the color begins to pale. A constant exposure to a polluted environment may also have an adverse effect on the color of teeth.

People who consumed strongly colored foods and beverages may tend to have stained teeth over a period of time. Tea, red wine, aerated beverages, and highly acidic drinks may cause stained or discolored teeth with prolonged use.

Regular smokers face the problem of dark and stained teeth more often. Chewing tobacco also causes the same effect on the teeth. The marks and stains left due to tobacco smoking will not go away with ordinary brushing.

Discoloration of teeth may also occur in cases where the person has consumed certain antibiotic medications as a child. The after effect of such medications may be discoloration of teeth.

People who suffer from teeth staining or discoloration tend to become conscious of their condition. They may not smile or laugh freely in a social setting, and it affects their quality of life. Therefore, to restore the smile and the self-confidence, it is recommended to see a cosmetic dentist and discuss the possible alternatives for a whiter and brighter smile.

Teeth bleaching may be the right answer in some cases. In other cases where the staining or discoloration is more stubborn, dental veneers may be the most effective solution to improve the appearance of the teeth. Dr. Theodore Siegel of Big Smile Dental in Chicago will assist you in choosing the right option for your dental needs. Whatever option you choose, the end result will leave you with a new and improved smile!

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