It’s common for people to want their teeth to be as white as possible. Most of us, though, have discolored or just plain yellow teeth. Professional teeth whitening at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham can turn that around!
Your Genes Make a Difference
As with other physical features, there is a genetic component to your oral health. You can thank your parents if your enamel is thick and sturdy. If it is resistant to decay, you can thank them again. Even more importantly, you can thank them if they taught you to take care of your teeth.
Like complexions, natural tooth shade varies from person to person. Some of us have whiter teeth naturally. But many people have tarnished teeth due to their lifestyle. Dietary habits and dental hygiene influence tooth color as well as overall oral health.
Lifestyle Habits That Affect Tooth Color
Did you know that your enamel is like your skin? It contains pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:
- Tobacco and other smokable substances
- Sodas and other dark colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
- Not practicing daily oral hygiene
- Not having proper dental care
If you want to improve your teeth, the aforementioned behaviors will continually work against you.
We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. (There are compelling health implications as well.)
Acids Weaken Enamel
Another way these behaviors cause teeth yellowing is due to acids. A continual onslaught of acidic beverages erodes tooth enamel. This is true whether or not the liquids are dark colored.
Dentin Isn’t The Best Look For Your Smile
The tooth layer under the enamel is called dentin. Unfortunately, dentin is dark yellow. If you are eroding your enamel, you are making it easier to see the yellow dentin. Dentin is also softer and more prone to tooth decay—which is more harmful than a yellow smile.
Jaw Clenching and Teeth Grinding
Jaw clenching can also weaken enamel and contribute to tooth discoloration. If you clench your jaw repeatedly, you are weakening your enamel. Ditto for teeth grinding. Talk to Dr. Koch about treatment for these conditions.
Teeth whitening at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham can take years of discoloration from your smile. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. Call to schedule an appointent today!
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