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Why do Teeth Turn Yellow?

What’s the first thing you notice about your favorite Hollywood star? Usually, it’s a beautiful, bright smile. These men and women know what it takes to attract millions of adoring fans and be “easy on the eyes,” which prompts many of them take great care of their teeth. But even if you’re not in the movies or on stage – rather you are meeting business associates for lunch – it’s probably safe to say that you’re just as concerned about your pearly whites.

Most individuals know that brushing and flossing every day can help maintain healthy oral hygiene; however, there are other factors that you must take into consideration when looking to whiten your teeth. Heredity, certain medications, and illness can cause the color of the structures on the inside of the tooth to change and eventually show through the enamel. Unfortunately, these causes cannot be treated as easily as external staining.

Those who have healthy teeth and do not show signs of intrinsic stains as described above, should still be careful with how they treat their teeth. Certain foods and beverages, along with tobacco use, can gradually stain the tooth surface and become difficult to remove. The more you expose your teeth to staining items, the higher the chance of permanent yellowing and/or staining. Some things to avoid (in excess) include – blueberries, curry, soy sauce, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, dark beer, and tobacco. In addition, supplements that contain iron and excessive intake of fluoride can lead to staining.

Be sure to continue a regular brushing and flossing routine in order to help prevent severe, permanent staining. You may schedule an appointment at my practice to learn more about teeth whitening. We can discuss the most appropriate treatment plan to meet your needs.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

A straight, bright set of teeth can help a person make a good first impression. But what about those who have a less-than-perfect smile? If you have missing, cracked, crooked, or deeply stained teeth, you may already be using a removable dental piece in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile. However, removable dental pieces can oftentimes be the very reason that you need to have a new fitting every few months or so.

This is because the movement of the removable denture or bridge can irritate the healthy gums and teeth, which in turn may cause damage and lead to removal of more teeth. If you’d like to get rid of your temporary dental devices, then you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. These act as the artificial tooth root that holds an artificial tooth in place. If you are interested in dental implants, please take the following into consideration:

  • You must be in good overall health
  • Your gums must be healthy
  • The implants need enough bone to anchor in the jaw
  • You must be committed to taking care of the implanted teeth and surrounding gums just as you would your natural teeth
  • Regular dental check-ups are important in order to ensure that the implant(s) has/have properly integrated

Typically, dental implants require a few office visits to achieve desired results. This can be determined during an initial consultation. If you feel that you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants, please feel free to schedule an appointment to further discuss your options. I look forward to helping you achieve a beautifully enhanced smile!

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Request an appointment for a complimentary consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands, or feel free to call our Los Angeles (north of Orange County) office at (310) 273-0111 for more information.