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People pay more attention to your smile than you may realize. In fact, 48 percent of participants in a study conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry said that a smile was the first thing they noticed when meeting someone new. Unfortunately, you may not feel like smiling much if your teeth are yellow and stained. These tips and tricks will help you keep your teeth whiter and may even play a part in boosting your self-esteem.
What Causes Dull Teeth?
If you page through a childhood photo album, you'll probably notice that your teeth were noticeably whiter when you were younger. Aging can cause changes that dull teeth, but a few other factors may also affect tooth shade, including dental problems and the foods you eat.
Foods and beverages that contain dark pigments are a chief culprit in dull, stained teeth. When you eat or drink bright or dark foods, tiny pieces of the pigments that give the food or beverage its color become lodged in tiny pores in your tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard, outer, translucent layer of teeth that covers the sensitive dentin layer. Eventually, your teeth begin to look dull or yellow due to the accumulation of pigments.
Stains in your enamel can also occur if you regularly smoke cigarettes or cigars or chew tobacco. Nicotine and tar in tobacco products yellow teeth and may eventually turn them an unattractive shade of brown.
In some cases, dullness can be caused by changes that occur deep inside teeth. Injuries, use of the antibiotic tetracycline as a child or bleeding in a tooth can result in discolorations.
Tips and Strategies for a Whiter Smile
Making a few of these changes may help you keep your teeth whiter:
Are you tired of living with a dull smile? Why not call us to schedule a teeth whitening appointment?
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