Frequently Asked Questions
By far, the most frequently asked questions related to why one’s teeth get yellow over time. Although some may consider it unattractive, the yellowing of one’s teeth is usually a natural effect of growing older. However, environmental concerns also play a factor in premature tooth staining. For your benefit, we have outlined below the most popular reasons why people get yellow or stained teeth.
Age: There is a direct correlation between the color of your teeth and your age. As you age, your teeth will darken as a result of natural wear and tear and stain accumulation. Therefore, younger people like teenagers and those in their twenties will likely experience dramatic results from whitening. By the forties, the natural yellowness of your teeth will give way to browning and more maintenance may be called for. By your sixties, your teeth will have absorbed a host of stubborn stains related to your environment which can prove difficult (but not impossible) to remove.
Eating habits: It’s hard enough to watch what we eat, but the consumption of coffee, dark soda, red wine, tea, carrots, oranges and other deeply-colored beverages and foods will cause considerable staining and yellowing to your teeth. In addition, acidic foods (aka citrus fruits) and vinegar contribute to enamel erosion. As a result, the surface becomes transparent and yellow.
Smoking habits: Smoking cigarettes, pipes, or any form of tobacco causes extensive damage to your teeth. Nicotine leaves tiny dark brown deposits which slowly soak into the tooth structure and cause intrinsic discoloration.
Translucency and thinness: It should be no surprise that there are genetic traits associated with one’s teeth that come to light during aging. While all teeth show some translucency, teeth that are thinner and more transparent – most notably the front teeth – have less of the pigment that is necessary for maintaing brightness and a “white” color.
Drugs / chemicals: Excessive consumption of fluoride causes fluorosis and associated areas of white mottling.
Grinding: Most frequently caused by stress related to a lack of sleep, and commonly associated with snoring, teeth grinding can add to micro-cracking in the tooth and can cause the biting edges to darken.