There are many different reasons for teeth discoloration. Smokers often have yellowed or darkened teeth due to the chronic exposure to nicotine. People who drink a great deal of dark beverages like tea and coffee often develop slightly brownish teeth over time. Even red wine consumption can cause teeth discoloration. There are some types of medication that may cause darkening of the teeth, as well. In particular, antibiotics have been known to cause teeth darkening. The natural aging process may also play a role in the darkening of teeth. The change may happen quite slowly over time until a person suddenly realizes that their teeth are no longer bright and white like they were in their youth.
In many cases, teeth discoloration can be prevented if a patient is willing to make some lifestyle changes. Smokers who give up their nicotine habit will often be able to stop further discoloration. People who drink brown or dark beverages regularly can either give up those beverages or consider drinking through a straw to minimize discoloration. When taking new medications, patients should always learn about side effects. If tooth darkening or discoloration is a possible side effect, discuss it with the doctor to learn if there is any way to avoid that.
Teeth whitening at the dentist can dramatically whiten and brighten the teeth. A change of several shades, sometimes much more than that, is possible for most patients. Nearly any type of discoloration or darkening can be remedied. There are several different types of teeth whitening available today. The take-home kit includes customized dental trays that the patient fills with a special whitening gel every day. This teeth whitening generally takes about 2 weeks. There is also laser whitening in the dentist's chair, which has immediate results and can whiten teeth to the maximum degree possible.
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