Now, you don’t have to hide those discolored or stained teeth; teeth whitening is there as the solution. With a brighter and whiter smile, you can enhance your appearance and improve your beautiful smile. Teeth whitening has become a popular and most requested cosmetic dental service. 

Why do teeth turn dark or yellow?

Teeth get discolored due to specific reasons like:

  • Drinking coffee, tea, and red wine, for quite a long time. The colored pigments present in these beverages can get stick to tooth enamel. They also consist of tannins, that helps the pigments to bond with the teeth.
  • Acidic foods and drinks, like sports drinks, carbonated beverages, coffee, tomatoes, citrus fruit, pickles, and hard alcohol, can erode enamel, which leads to tooth discoloration and staining as well.
  • Nicotine and tar containing tobacco products can stain teeth to yellow-brown color. They can also wear down the enamel naturally as you get aged, especially the root, and the inner portion gets darker over time.

Why is it suggested to visit the dentist before using whitening products?

It is essential to get examined by the dentist before using any teeth whitening products. Some dental problems can get affected by using such products. If there is a problem of sensitivities, then that should be taken care of by a professional dentist. It is important to treat cavities before the teeth whitening solution gets in touch with the decaying area and the soft tissue in the center of the tooth. If the enamel of the tooth is completely eroded, then a better cosmetic treatment is needed other than whitening. If there are receding gums, the roots that are exposed may turn yellow, but whitening won’t make any change on it.

What are the types of tooth discoloration?

There are two types of tooth discoloration, they are:

Extrinsic discoloration: Extrinsic discoloration is that in which the stains are left outside the teeth. It happens due to foods that have dyes, or by consuming beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, or by smoking habits. The dentist might usually recommend to treat them with whitening toothpaste as it is extrinsic.

Intrinsic discoloration: Intrinsic discoloration is that in which get the tooth get stained within. It might happen due to some childhood illness, overuse of medications, infections, aging, or tooth trauma. It would be better if they are treated professionally by the dentist. 


Call us at (386) 445-6111 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Jacob for a consultation at our office in Palm Coast, FL. 

Dr. Ronald F. Jacob, DMD

Phone: (386) 445-6111



17 Old King's Road N, Palm Coast, FL 32137

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