Numerous factors can cause teeth discoloration, but there are typically three main reasons why your teeth don’t naturally appear as white as they should be.

Extrinsic Discoloration - occurs when the enamel (outer layer of the tooth) becomes stained. Common causes of extrinsic discoloration include coffee, wine, and soda consumption.

Intrinsic Discoloration - occurs when dentin (inner structure of the tooth) is permanently stained. Intrinsic discoloration can be caused by a wide range of things, including too much exposure to fluoride, trauma (internal bleeding) to a tooth, or dentinogenesis imperfecta (tooth disorder).

Aging Discoloration - naturally occurs when the enamel thins and dentin becomes yellow due to the combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors over time.

Teeth stains are all but inevitable. Whether caused by the aging process, wine, food or smoking, most people experience tooth discoloration at some point. Fortunately, you can take simple steps to prevent stains and you can erase them with professional teeth whitening at NuDental.

Laser teeth whitening is a safe, effective treatment. The treatment itself takes only about an hour or less at our office. Our dentists will place a guard around your gums and then apply the whitening gel to your teeth. The laser is exposed to the gel to activate it. The great thing about laser whitening is that right away, as soon as you step out of the office, you'll be able to show off a dazzling white smile.

Whether you choose to have your teeth whitened professionally, there are things you can do to prevent stains and keep your smile as bright as possible:

  • Practice good dental hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing the dentist for your routine cleanings
  • Don't smoke
  • Be aware of major stain culprits, such as red wine, tomato-based foods, sports drinks, soy sauce, tea and coffee
  • Wash away stain causers with foods that stimulate saliva production, such as apples, strawberries, celery, carrots and pears
  • Swish water in your mouth after eating or drinking so that stain causers don't sit on your teeth
  • Proper dental hygiene can go a long way in keeping your teeth stain-free. Good teeth cleaning habits will fight the presence of cavity causing bacteria and the food debris that leads to yellowing.