5 Reasons Your Bright Smile Has Faded

A beautiful smile is one of the first things we notice when we look at someone. A great smile can make someone seem warm and friendly and more approachable, too. So, if you’ve noticed your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, David Jin, DDS at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Boston, Massachusetts, can help. 

Your smile can fade for several reasons. Intrinsic stains are from medications, trauma, tooth decay, or genetics and are harder to treat than extrinsic stains, which come from the food we eat and the things we drink. These stains are on the tooth surface and easier to treat. Here are five reasons why your bright smile has faded.

1. You consume stain-causing foods and beverages

Foods that are dark red or purple tend to stain teeth. Examples include blueberries, cherries, beets, and tomato sauce. Curries and turmeric, which are yellow in color, can also lead to discolored teeth. 

Also, drinking coffee, tea, dark colas, and red wine can dull your smile, too. If possible, brush your teeth soon after drinking these, or use a paper straw so the liquid doesn’t stain your teeth.

2. You’re a tobacco user

Chewing tobacco will definitely dull your smile, but so will smoking in general. It’s a great idea to try to quit for your smile and for your health. 

3. You’re getting older

Our teeth naturally dull as we age as the enamel thins. Also, the longer our teeth are exposed to the things mentioned above, the better chance they’ll lose some of their shine. 

4. It runs in your family

Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do to prevent tooth decay and discoloration because you inherited these problems from your parents. But, don’t worry — there are many ways to help you look your best. 

If you’re predisposed to teeth problems, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth multiple times a day, using mouthwash, and an oral irrigation system. Don’t forget to come in twice a year for teeth cleanings, too.

5. You take certain medications

Some antibiotics are known to cause teeth to look gray, yellow, or brown.

How we can help

If you’re ready to get your bright smile back, you have options. We offer a variety of services like teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and veneers. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jin with our convenient online booking tool or call today.

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