Why Teeth Stain

Tooth staining is a natural consequence of aging. Unfortunately, it means that people are often making judgments about your age based on the color of your teeth. Understanding why teeth stain can help you keep your smile whiter and younger-looking.

Teeth stain for many reasons. The most common reason teeth stain is because of food particles that get trapped in the tooth. The particles can penetrate the enamel using tiny pores in the tooth. Sources of staining compounds include :

  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Chocolate

Reducing consumption of these foods may slow the process of tooth staining. You can reduce staining from food particles by getting your regular professional cleanings at six month intervals. If you desire whiter teeth, teeth whitening can remove even more of these staining particles.

Teeth may also stain because your natural enamel is changing color with age. Some people’s enamel turns grey or yellow with age. If you look at your parents’ teeth, you may be able to get an idea what color your teeth are likely to turn. Teeth whitening cannot help with this type of staining, but porcelain veneers can. Porcelain veneers replace the surface enamel of your teeth with a porcelain surface that can be any color you desire.

To learn which procedure is the best way to counter your tooth staining, please schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles.