Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

5 Things That Affect the Whiteness of Your Smile

A bright, winning smile is a great asset. When you know you look your best, you feel good about yourself, and your confidence grows. And your confidence draws others to you which makes social and business interactions rich and rewarding.

If your once-bright smile needs a boost, professional teeth whitening can help. But you may wonder what caused your smile to fade so you know how to prevent it from happening again. 

The fact is that many variables affect the brightness of your teeth and have you looking for teeth whitening solutions. Here are a few:

Foods and Drinks

Surface stains from beverages like coffee, tea, red wine and colas and foods like dark berries, beets, and curries consumed on a regular basis can all cause discoloration

Poor Hygiene

If you don’t brush and floss daily, plaque and food debris that sits on your teeth can cause discoloration. Brushing twice and flossing once a day helps keep your teeth fresh, clean, and bright. 

Tobacco Use

Both smoking and chewing tobacco deposits ugly brown stains in the grooves of your teeth, which makes them difficult to brush away. Stains from tobacco use usually require professional whitening to remove.

Prescription Medications

Some medications like the antibiotic tetracycline cause intrinsic staining, which is discoloration that occur within the dental enamel. 

Age

As you age, the once-bright surface enamel of your teeth thins and exposes the yellowish layer of dentin beneath it. For this reason, solutions for achieving a more youthful smile typically involve procedures like bonding, crowns, or veneers. 

Please Call Us to Learn More

At our Glendale dental office, we offer KöR teeth whitening, which is a revolutionary system for removing the toughest stains that other products can’t touch, like those from tetracycline use. 

Please call our office, and we will be happy to arrange a cleaning appointment to get you started!