Have you noticed that your teeth seem to have changed in color? This can be caused by one of several factors. You may be surprised to know that the particular shade of the color can help to pinpoint what’s causing the change. If for instance, the discoloration is a brownish yellow or orangy color you may assume that the change is being brought about by the foods and beverages that you consume. This kind of stain is likely to have a uniform effect. Remember – any food or drink that is dark in color is likely to stain your teeth.

Some darkening is to be expected as we grow older. Our teeth are covered in a protective coat of enamel that becomes thinner over time. When this happens the underlying layer of dentin which is considerably darker in color, will begin to show through the weakened enamel.

Genetics also plays a role. Some people have teeth that are naturally lighter in color while others are more grayish. Dentists consult what they call a “shade guide” to match the color of a veneer or a crown to that of the patient’s natural teeth.

Anything that affects the nerve tissue of a tooth may result in changing its color either entirely or partially. A previous injury or extensive root canal therapy can trigger the change.

“White spot lesions” are the only early signs of tooth decay that you can actually see. They usually appear when plaque has been left to collect on the teeth sometime in hard to reach areas of the mouth or around orthodontic apparatus.

The color of your custom made dental crown will not change but when your natural teeth begin to yellow with age or darken from stains the crown will no longer match them. Consult your dentist before using an over the counter whitening solution.

When gums start to recede more of the dentin layer of the teeth will be exposed meaning that they will take on the yellowish to tan color of the dentin. Periodontal treatment may restore the natural gumline.

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