Yellow teeth. Why are my teeth yellow and can I do something about it? There are several reasons for having yellow teeth. Read below what applies to you and whether you can do anything about it.
Causes of yellow teeth
Yellow dentin causes yellow teeth
What not many people know is that the bone in your teeth, the dentin, is yellow by itself. It is the enamel around your teeth that gives your teeth a white color. Your teeth without the enamel around them are just bright yellow. There are several reasons why yellow dentin is more visible in some people than others. As we age, teeth naturally discolor. The tooth enamel becomes thinner.
- The thickness of the enamel. When the thickness of the enamel decreases due to wear or erosion, the yellow dentin becomes more visible. The thinner the layer of enamel on your teeth is, the yellower your teeth will become. With thinning enamel, teeth whitening makes no sense. After all, it is the dentin you see and this cannot be bleached. However, the process of enamel deterioration can be slowed down by drastically reducing sugars, acids and using good toothpaste. Sometimes enamel can also be restored.
- The boje of enamel. Milk teeth often have a nice white color, while adult teeth are more yellowish. How can this be? It has to do with the opboje of the molecules of tooth enamel. The molecules of enamel of baby teeth are messily stacked together, while the enamel molecules of adult teeth are much more neatly stacked together. These neat stacks not only make teeth stronger, but also allow light to shine through the enamel and show the yellow tooth bone better. Yellow teeth are therefore stronger than white teeth because they are more firmly put together.
Tartar causes yellow teeth
When plaque is not brushed away in time, it will turn into tartar. Teeth with tartar are no longer white. Something can be done about this. Tartar can be removed by the dentist and good oral hygiene can prevent tartar. Brushing properly and regularly.
Consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco can lead to yellow teeth. These products contain substances that stain and discolor teeth. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea and red wine, and eating certain foods (sweets, etc.) can cause yellowing of teeth.
Discoloration on the outside
Teeth can also become discolored on the outside. A colored layer forms around the tooth which causes yellow teeth. This can happen through the use of coffee, tea or wine. Smoking and medication can also cause teeth to change color. Discoloration that is on the surface of the tooth may be able to be brushed away with a good toothpaste. Although the special effect has not been proven, you can use special toothpaste, such as an anti-tartar or whitening toothpaste. These toothpastes contain protein-degrading substances that attack the dirt, and substances that make dirt less likely to stick to your teeth.
Some medical conditions, such as gallbladder disease, can lead to yellow teeth. Some medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, can lead to yellow teeth. Also, trauma to a tooth (teeth) can lead to discoloration of a tooth because, for example, you hit your tooth very hard. Inadequate dental care can lead to yellow teeth due to deposits and plaque.
Did you know that? Anti-tartar toothpaste does exactly the same thing as whitening toothpaste! It’s just what name you give the critter.
Discoloration that is deeper in the tooth can sometimes be whitened by the dentist. With this, the teeth become temporarily whiter, but in time they will regain their original color. Bleaching has disadvantages, so always ask your dentist for advice on whether it could be a solution for you.
How can you prevent yellow teeth?
There are several ways to prevent yellow teeth:
- Good oral hygiene: Regular tooth brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and deposits that lead to yellow teeth.
- Limit consuming coloring foods and beverages: Limit drinking coffee, tea, red wine and smoking to prevent yellow teeth.
- Use teeth whitening products: There are products available, such as teeth whitening strips, gels and toothpastes, that can help make teeth whiter.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles: A toothbrush with soft bristles can help prevent damage to tooth enamel.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups: Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleaning.
- Use teeth protection: Use teeth protection products such as a mouth guard during sports to prevent teeth damage.
- Use teeth whitening methods with caution: Overuse of teeth whitening methods can lead to sensitive teeth or tooth decay, so it is important to use these methods with caution.
Natural ways to reduce yellow teeth
- Polish your teeth several times a day and don’t give plaque a chance;
- Duce the use of coffee, tea, wine and other dyes;
- Use a good toothpaste that prevents the adhesion of dirt and dyes;
- Use a lipstick color that makes your teeth appear optically whiter;
- Use a toothpaste with a little blajee dye for an optical white effect;
- Seek advice from your dentist about discoloration in your teeth;
- Accept that cut white teeth are not natural;
- Know that pale yellow teeth are really stronger than white ones;
A little bit of blaje makes white appear whiter. There are toothpastes today with some blaje that make your teeth appear optically whiter
Professional teeth whitening methods
You can have your teeth whitened using bleaching gel and a special lamp. This is one of the most popular methods. The dentist applies a bleaching gel to the teeth and activates it with a special lamp. This can take several sessions, depending on the desired results. You can also get your teeth whitened with a laser: This is a faster method, using a laser to activate the bleaching gel. This can be completed in one session. Custom-made bleaching braces: The dentist makes a custom-made bracket that the patient can use at home to whiten the teeth. This can take several weeks to complete.
Risks of teeth whitening
There are some risks associated with professional teeth whitening, including:
- Tooth and gum sensitivity:Some people experience temporary sensitivity to cold or heat after teeth whitening. This can last from several days to weeks.
- Allergic reactions: Some people may have an allergic reaction to the bleaching gel or other products used during teeth whitening.
- Damage to tooth enamel: If the bleaching gel is used too often or for too long, it can cause damage to the tooth enamel.
- Urregular color: Irregular color can occur if teeth are not bleached evenly.
- Side effects of bleaching gel : It is important to ensure that the gel used is safe and certified, some uncertified products can be harmful to health.
It is important to consult your dentist before deciding to have your teeth whitened and to strictly follow the bleaching gel’s usage instructions.
Dentist near you
To take good care of your teeth, it is advisable to visit the dentist regularly (twice a year). Check out dentists in your area on the map below.