Lynn Dental Care Takes You Behind the Scenes of White Teeth
Everyone wants pearly white teeth. Celebrities, the rich, and the poor want perfect teeth, but why do we associate white with healthy? Yellow teeth scare people away or look bad in photos, but many people don’t understand why their teeth yellow. We know white teeth look healthier and more natural, but many Lynn Dental Care patients don’t exactly know why. They come to Lynn Dental Care’s Dallas cosmetic dentistry office for whiter teeth, but we wonder how much they and you know about the color of teeth. Why do they look the way they do? What makes them discolored? What exactly can you do about it?
Why Are Teeth White?
Let’s start with the basics. Why are teeth white? You could put this another way and ask, Why are white teeth healthy? We’ll answer with a bit of a Lynn Dental Care riddle. Healthy teeth are white, but not all white teeth are healthy. Confused yet? Teeth naturally come in two colors: white and yellow. The outer part of the teeth, known as enamel, should be white. The layer beneath the enamel, the dentin, provides the yellowish color we see in many teeth. The healthier and stronger the enamel, the whiter teeth tend to look. However, genetics determines some of the whiteness of enamel. Some of our teeth arrive naturally whiter than others, but this doesn’t mean our teeth come in healthier.
The whiteness in enamel comes from calcium, which makes up a large percentage of the minerals in enamel. Increasing your intake of calcium will help strengthen your enamel over time. Brushing regularly also helps increase your enamel, making your teeth whiter and healthier.
Discoloration & Solutions
Tooth discolorations come in three different forms. Almost all of our teeth suffer from intrinsic, extrinsic, or age-related discoloration. At the Lynn Dental Care Dallas cosmetic dentistry office, we can reverse the effects of each form of discoloration in different ways.
Intrinsic discoloration occurs when the dentin darkens in color due to exposure to fluoride or other elements. We might need to professionally whiten your teeth because cleaning won’t do the trick.
Also known as stains, extrinsic discoloration occurs when certain foods or beverages alter the color of your enamel. Most times, a Lynn Dental Care hygienist can rid your teeth of these stains with a simple cleaning. You can take preventative measures by using a straw when you drink acidic beverages and not brushing your teeth directly after acidic foods. Acid weakens your enamel. When you brush weakened enamel, your teeth lose their white coloring.
No matter how well you maintain your teeth, your teeth will discolor with age. Due to a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic discoloration, everyone’s teeth start to yellow as the get older. Aside from traditional teeth whitening techniques, we can place porcelain veneers over your teeth. They look natural and stay white longer.
Cosmetic Dentistry at Lynn Dental Care
If you notice discoloration in your teeth, don’t worry. We can take care of you and keep your teeth healthy. Contact Lynn Dental Care today for a checkup or for any cosmetic dentistry procedures to whiten your smile.