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Help! My Teeth Are Yellow

May 02, 2024
Help! My Teeth Are Yellow
Whatever happened to your bright, white teeth, it’s time to turn back the hands of time and restore your brilliant smile. But don’t go it alone. Our team of cosmetic dentistry experts is here to explain every step of the process.

When was the last time you smiled proudly for a picture or kept your hand from covering your mouth when you grinned?

Enough is enough. Your yellow smile might be a nightmare right now, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Our team at Mamkin Dentistry Aesthetic & Restorative Center in Ridgewood, New York, starts by helping you understand the root cause of your discoloration and finishes with our advanced whitening treatments.

Here’s a closer look.

How you got here

Teeth discoloration is one of the sneakiest aesthetic problems. You barely notice it’s happening until you look in the mirror and can’t recognize the dingy, yellow, and discolored smile grinning back at you.

Unfortunately, there are likely a few reasons why you wound up with a lackluster smile. The most common culprit is time. Over the years, your enamel wears down, exposing the yellow dentin below the surface. Other factors include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A diet high in sugars
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Consuming pigment-rich foods and beverages
  • Trauma
  • Certain medications

Using any tobacco product can also cause your teeth to turn yellow. 

Where it can go from here

We understand that a discolored smile can make you feel self-conscious, but it should also make you feel uneasy about your oral health status.

Yellow teeth often indicate problems with your teeth and gums, such as cavities and early-stage gingivitis. Stain-causing plaque and bacteria buildup on your teeth can also cause bad breath.

Some people experience respiratory problems from breathing in the bacteria sitting on their teeth. 

In other words, yellow teeth aren’t just an aesthetic issue. Fortunately, we offer the comprehensive services necessary to reverse oral health damage and bring your yellow teeth back from the brink. 

How we can help

We want all our patients to have a smile they feel confident in, and we know that starts with establishing excellent oral health. 

When you come to us with yellow teeth, we begin by thoroughly evaluating your oral health. We examine your teeth closely, checking for cavities and signs of disease, and address them before we even consider removing your stains. 

Talk to us about any previous dental work you’ve had, such as fillings, crowns, implants, and bridges. We may need to replace those appliances after we’ve whitened your teeth to ensure a uniform smile.

Time to whiten

Once we’ve given your teeth the green light, it’s time to prepare for teeth whitening.

During your appointment, you recline comfortably in our chair. We begin by using a grainy material called pumice to remove the remaining plaque. Then, we place gauze and retractors in your mouth to keep your teeth dry and your gums, lips, tongue, and cheeks protected from the whitening solution.

Next, we apply a whitening solution to the surface of your teeth and cure it with a powerful light that activates the whitening agent. Expect the whitening process to take anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of your discoloration.

We keep a close watch on how your teeth react to the whitening solution and stop treatment once we’ve reached your desired shade or the maximum time has passed.

To finish, you rinse your teeth and apply a fluoride solution to reduce sensitivity.

Many of our patients require multiple treatments to achieve the best results, but you should notice a significantly whiter, brighter smile after your first session. 

You may experience some tooth sensitivity the first few days following your treatment, and we recommend you avoid consuming pigment-rich foods and beverages and using tobacco products as much as possible. 

Stop hiding your smile and start being proud of it. To schedule a teeth whitening consultation and get started with treatment, call our friendly staff at 718-736-2785 or use our online booking tool to request a consultation today.