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The Changing Color of Your Teeth


Posted on 6/3/2024 by Dr. Matthew C Clayton
Close up comparison of before and after teeth whitening treatment on a man's smile
When your teeth first begin to erupt, they are a gorgeous, pearly white. However, over time, your teeth can begin to change color. Sometimes, you may know exactly why your teeth are the color they are, but there are times when your teeth change color, and you do not know why. Here is a guideline to tooth color and what the color of your teeth could mean.

Dull White or Yellow Teeth


If your teeth are not as white as you want them to be, they may be aging, or you drink a lot of tea or coffee. You can whiten your teeth by using whitening strips or whitening toothpaste. If you only need to whiten your teeth a couple of shades, the whitening toothpaste or strips should take your teeth a few shades whiter over time. However, if you need more than a few shades, ask for professional whitening.

Brown Teeth


There are two reasons why your teeth might be brown. If you drink a ton of coffee or tea, you may have brown-stained teeth. Tobacco users may also have brown teeth. You may want to talk to our dentist about teeth whitening techniques, or if your teeth are very brown, you may want to think about getting veneers.

Veneers are thin porcelain or resin covers for your teeth. They completely cover your teeth, which makes all of your teeth look pearly white. Veneers last for decades if you care for them properly. Be careful - if you continue to use tobacco or caffeine, your veneers will turn brown.

Gray or Blue Teeth


If your teeth are gray or light blue, you may have a cavity, or you may have trauma in that tooth that has caused damage. You will want to ask our dentist to check that tooth for issues, and you may need a crown to cover that tooth and protect it. Teeth that are a darker blue usually mean that you are drinking a lot of wine or eating a lot of berries. You may need to think about teeth whitening.

Not sure what the problem is with your teeth? We can help. Contact our office today to make an appointment.
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