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As you may have already noticed, teeth tend to lose their white, brilliant appearance as life goes on, and that’s because of the many things in the world today that cause tooth discoloration. To help you keep your smile appearance in tip-top shape, our Couture Smiles Dental Group team is happy to tell you about the things that can dull and darken your smile. Those things are:

-Drinks: Coffee, tea, and red wine are beverages that tend to stain your teeth and take the whiteness away from your smile. They have chromogens, which are also known as intense color pigments, that attach to the white, outer shell of your teeth, causing discoloration.

-Tobacco Use: Tobacco products are major culprits of teeth stains. Because they contain tar and nicotine, they stain and discolor your teeth.

-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: Oftentimes, trauma makes your teeth turn yellow because the chompers tend to protect themselves after the injury. They protect themselves by growing additional dentin outside the tooth, which gives your smile a yellow tint.

-Medications: Tooth discoloration can be a side effect of many medications, like antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medication. Chemotherapy and radiation can also stain your teeth.

Now, because these five things take the beauty away from your chompers, it’s best to do all you can to avoid them or take advantage of cosmetic dental treatments in Woodland Hills, California, to help you maintain the best and most beautiful smile possible. If you have any questions or if you’re interested in talking to your dentist, Dr. Armen Terteryan, about the cosmetic treatments available, please call (818) 716.7966 today. Our team is more than happy to help you in any way we can!