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Are you disappointed in your smile because it won’t stay the white and brilliant color that you want it to? If so, we have an explanation for you. There are reasons why your teeth have gone dark, and it’s best that you understand those reasons so you can better understand your oral health.

There are five things in the world today that can cause your tooth discoloration. Those five things are:

– Drinks: There are many beverages that can change the color of your smile, and some of those beverages are coffee, tea, and red wine. These drinks have two things in common: They have intense color pigments called chromogens, which are the cause of your tooth discoloration.

– Tobacco Use: Tar and nicotine are two chemicals in tobacco products that create stubborn tooth stains. Tar is naturally dark and nicotine turns yellow when it’s mixed with oxygen. It’s best to avoid tobacco products altogether if you want a bright smile.

– 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.

– Trauma: There is a chance that your teeth will change color if you have experienced a trauma. This is because your tooth will react to the injury by protecting itself with more dentin, which is the yellow substance found underneath the tooth’s enamel.

– Medications: There are many medications that can cause the color change in your smile. Some of those medications are antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications. Chemotherapy and radiation can also cause yellow teeth.

If you would like to talk to your dentist, Dr. Thomas Ouellette, about the specific reasons why your smile has gone dark, please feel free to call 303.296.1402 and schedule an appointment! We would also be happy to talk to you about your teeth-whitening options in Denver, Colorado. We look forward to helping you!