Is Your Smile Less Than Dazzling? Dallas, TX Dentist Explains Why

Written by Dr. Lin on Sep 13, 2011

Many patients express embarrassment because their teeth are not as white nor their smile as dazzling as it once was. They’re quick to point out that they’ve always been diligent with their oral hygiene and don’t understand why the methods they’ve been using have not kept the whiteness of their teeth at the optimum level.

In a world that places so much emphasis on beauty and now on beautiful white smiles, it’s easy to understand this concern. But it’s important to understand that many factors contribute to the whiteness of your teeth. A major factor in the whiteness of your smile is simply nature. Some people’s teeth are inherently more yellow in color. This is not a defect, and the simple explanation for this is that the enamel (the outermost layer) of your teeth is more translucent, making the underlying yellow dentin more apparent.

As it does with so many physical aspects, age can also cause discoloration of our teeth. No matter how much care you take with your oral hygiene, the enamel becomes slightly pitted and worn, allowing staining agents to gradually discolor your teeth. The wearing of the enamel also makes the underlying yellowish dentin more noticeable

Stain producing substances that you ingest are also responsible for a vast majority of tooth discolorations: tobacco, coffee, tea, dark sodas (such as cola), red wine, dark fruit juices (grape, cranberry), blueberries, soy sauce and tomato sauce. Obviously, it’s not necessary or even advisable to cut out all these foods completely, but you have a better chance of maintaining a healthy, white smile if you remember to brush or at least rinse your mouth after eating these foods.

A beautiful white smile is one of your greatest assets and the first thing people notice about you. It’s an important part of that vital first impression. Rest assured your Dallas, TX Dental Office has several tooth whitening options that can get you on your way to the bright sparkling smile you’ve always wanted.