Enamel Erosion: When Yellow Teeth are “Permanent”

By now, you should know that there are a lot of things that can stain your teeth. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and drinking tea or coffee too much are just a few of the many causes of an unattractive smile. In most cases, visiting the dentist and asking for a cosmetic whitening treatment is enough to reverse the damage, and restore your teeth to a more attractive colour.

veneersBut what if you always take great care of your teeth, follow your dentist’s advice, and still suffer from a yellow smile? To your frustration, no amount of brushing or flossing can help, and whitening treatments have only disappointed you. This is normal, and it has to do with the condition of your teeth’s enamel.

Why Some Teeth are Naturally Yellow

The enamel is the protective, slightly translucent outer layer of your teeth, and it gets thinner as people age. As the enamel continues to erode, the yellow layer below it (called the dentin) gradually becomes more visible. Tooth grinding or drinking acidic substances, like soft drinks, can greatly accelerate this process.

When this happens, whitening treatments will no longer help; there are no superficial stains to remove, as the yellow shade comes from beneath the tooth’s surface.

The Solution to Thinning Enamel

While conventional whitening treatments may no longer be able to give the smile you want, there are still options available to you. Dentists can place cosmetic veneers and crowns over your teeth, giving them a much whiter, more attractive appearance.

Veneers are the perfect choice for teeth that are strong and healthy, but simply have a few minor flaws. Apart from covering up yellow enamel, dentists will also recommend veneers to fix any cracks, chips, or other signs of damage.

Tooth enamel that is very thin or has suffered extensive damaged may not bond well with veneers, however. In this case, dental crowns are the best choice. They will not only give your teeth a whiter surface, but restore their form, function, and durability as well.

Giving you a perfect smile has always been our goal here at Northlight Dental. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or for any inquiries.