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Are you ever worried about the color of your teeth? If so, you’re far from alone. In fact, did you know that Americans spend $1.4 billion dollars every year on home whitening kits? If you’re unhappy with the color of your smile, we recommend giving us a call—but wouldn’t it be nice to avoid the need for a whitening altogether? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent discolored teeth.

As you probably know, a few external factors can cause discoloration. For example, tobacco can adversely affect the color of your teeth, whether you chew, use a pipe, or smoke cigarettes. Some beverages, such as cola, tea, or coffee, can also stain your teeth. Finally, certain medications have been known to darken teeth.

Sadly, while there are a few things you can do to prevent tooth discoloration, there are also factors that you won’t be able to do anything about. For example, did you know that your teeth will naturally yellow as you age? Similarly, genetics can be responsible for discolored teeth. Luckily, regardless of the reason for discolored teeth, there are a few things you can try.

While a whitening kit may be more affordable, did you know that a professional whitening will yield results much more quickly. A professional whitening treatment is also safer than a home treatment. Sadly, at-home treatments may make your teeth more sensitive and cause permanent damage to your enamel. Also, since at-home kits are not made specifically with you in mind, your gums are more likely to be irritated.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Smiles Unlimited at 925.344.5757. Our dentist Dr. Rakhi Jani and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have.