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Stained Teeth

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Do you have yellow teeth or stains?

Like other cosmetic dental issues, stained teeth can take a toll on your self-confidence. In some cases, they may even start to impact how you speak and smile. Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments that are safe and work quickly to whiten discoloration and fix stained teeth.

At Dentist Paramus, we offer both in-office teeth whitening procedures and take-home whitening trays and gel. Both treatment options are safe, non-invasive, and comfortable. In just one office visit or a few weeks of consistently using our custom take-home trays, you can remove visible surface stains from your teeth and brighten your entire smile without causing sensitivity!

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What causes stained teeth?

Most people have some degree of discoloration on their teeth, and it can stem from a number of factors. Some stains are intrinsic, meaning they result from internal factors within the body or tooth structure. Other stains are extrinsic, which are caused by external factors often related to lifestyle. Some of the most common reasons for stained teeth are:

• Poor dental care – Brushing and flossing daily are essential to maintaining oral health on every level. Without practicing these essential dental hygiene habits and getting professional cleanings, food residue and plaque can build up and cause staining.

• Certain foods and drinks – From red wine and coffee to certain berries and sauces, there are a number of foods and drinks that have been shown to worsen stained teeth.

• Smoking – Tobacco use is a prominent culprit of discolored teeth.

• Aging – As we get older, the natural daily wear and tear from talking and chewing weakens the enamel over time. This causes our teeth to become more translucent and prone to staining.

• Disease – Certain illnesses such as diabetes, metabolic deficiencies, eating disorders, and more can have a major impact on the strength and appearance of your teeth.

• Medications – Many common medications including antibiotics and antihistamines can contribute to tooth discoloration.

Whether your stained teeth are caused by intrinsic or extrinsic factors (or a combination of both), we can work with you to provide treatment to remove stains and give you a whiter, brighter smile.

How can I prevent stained teeth?

If you want to prevent stained teeth, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to improve and maintain the look of your smile:

• Practice proper dental hygiene daily by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with non-abrasive mouthwash.

• Visit your dentist every 6 months to get professional cleanings.

• Eat a healthy diet and cut back on foods and drinks that cause staining.

• Avoid smoking and limit alcohol.

• Protect the strength of your enamel by drinking plenty of water, limiting ultra-acidic foods and drinks, and avoiding unnecessary wear and tear.

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