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Your smile’s appearance is very important, especially because it affects your self-esteem, whether you like it or not. This means a darkened and stained smile can make taking pictures and talking to friends a little embarrassing. If this is the case for you, there is no need to worry. Dr. Amandeep Gill and our dental team offer whitening treatments at our office. But before you start the process of whitening your smile, it’s important to identify the cause of the stains so you can maintain bright teeth.

To help you determine the cause and solve the mystery of your darkened smile, we are happy to explain the many causes.

The first thing that can cause tooth discoloration are drinks that have dark pigments. There are many beverages that can dull your smile, like red wine, coffee, and tea. The intense color pigments in the drinks, which are called chromogens, cause your tooth discoloration.

The second thing that causes stained tooth enamel is tobacco. Most of the time, tobacco products create stubborn tooth stains because they have tar and nicotine in them. Tar is naturally dark and nicotine turns yellow when it’s mixed with oxygen. It’s best to stop using as well as avoid tobacco products if you want a white and attractive smile.

The third thing that causes a dull smile is time. As time passes, your tooth enamel tends to wear away, exposing the underlying layer, which is called dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow. So, the more your enamel wears away, the more yellow your teeth will become.

The fourth thing that causes a discolored smile is trauma to the mouth. Oftentimes, when trauma hits, your chompers protect themselves after the injury by producing more dentin outside the tooth. This gives your smile a yellow tint.

Now that you know what has caused your stained teeth, it’s time to receive a treatment and tell your dentist the cause so she can give you the best tips for maintaining your white smile in Modesto, California. For more information, please feel free to call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 566-1986. We look forward to giving you the information you’re looking for!