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If you’re one who wishes you had a white and bright smile for a lifetime, then you need to remember that there are many things in the world that can cause tooth discoloration, whether you believe it or not. These things make it a bit difficult to achieve your smile goals. The things that stain and discolor your smile are:

Dark Foods and Drinks: Coffee, tea, and red wine are beverages that tend to stain your teeth and take the whiteness away from your smile. They have chromogens, which are also known as intense color pigments, that attach to the white, outer shell of your teeth, causing discoloration. Dark foods can also have that effect on your teeth, especially foods like dark berries, certain pasta sauces, and balsamic vinegar.

Tobacco Products: Tobacco products are major culprits of teeth stains. Because they contain tar and nicotine, they stain and discolor your teeth.

Age: Underneath the hard, white outer shell of your teeth is a softer area called dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow, and once the outer shell of the teeth wears away over time, the dentin begins to show itself.

Even though these things cause dull, yellow smiles, there are things you can do to counteract the effects, like use whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and whitening gels. In addition, you can also take advantage of the professional teeth-whitening treatment we offer at LifeSmile Dental Group. This treatment is the safest and most effective treatment available. If you’re interested in this treatment, please call our office at 503-644-5433 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Hicks. We are happy to help you!