You can’t put a price on the benefits of having bright, white teeth. However, many factors affect their color, including wearing makeup. Certain shades can make your teeth look discolored, while others can enhance their vibrancy. Here is how to choose the best colors to ensure your pearly whites look their brightest.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Teeth come in many shades and tones naturally. Not to mention, several things can make them change color over time, like:
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Poor brushing and flossing habits can cause plaque and tartar buildup, which can make your teeth look dirty and discolored.
- Genetics: Genetics influence the color of teeth. If a close family member has dark teeth naturally, you are more likely to have the same shade.
- Age: Your enamel will get thinner as time passes, causing more of your yellow dentin to be visible.
- Smoking: Tobacco use can cause tar and nicotine stains.
- Diet: Consuming dark foods and drinks can stain your enamel.
- Medications: Some medications are known to affect the color of teeth, like certain antibiotics.
No matter the reason behind your tooth discoloration, your cosmetic dentist can create a personalized plan to reveal a whiter smile.
Treating Tooth Discoloration
No two mouths or situations are identical. Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth to determine the source of your staining to recommend an effective treatment, like teeth whitening.
A highly concentrated whitening agent can improve surface and age-related staining to get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. You can enjoy quick results using an in-office system that takes about 1 hour.
If you prefer the convenience of an over-the-counter product, your cosmetic dentist can give you everything you need to achieve in-office results from the comfort of your home. You’ll use the at-home kit daily for about 2 weeks to resolve stains.
No matter the method, your results can last for many months or years with the right care, like brushing them flossing.
Keep Your Smile is Its Brightest
When choosing your clothing or picking a shade of lipstick to wear for the day, consider the color to ensure your new smile looks its best:
Colors to Wear:
- Cool Pink
Colors to Avoid:
You’ll never think twice about showing off your pearly whites. Don’t let the wrong shade of lipstick dull your stunning smile.
About Dr. Norman Sommers
Dr. Sommers earned his dental degree at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his training to provide several specialties, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and CEREC technology. He is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Contact his office online or call (419) 668-3606 to schedule an appointment.