When Your Teeth Change Colors

Posted on: 22 September 2016

Having a colorful wardrobe is great. Having colorful teeth is not. If your teeth take on some vivid hues, you need to do some research to find out the reason why. No matter what shade they are, you can find treatment for this discoloration. 


Few people have gleaming white teeth naturally, but your teeth should not be really yellow. Often, consuming certain foods or drinks can lead to discoloration. Tea, coffee, and red wine are frequent culprits and can usually be corrected by whitening using either OTC products or by having your dentist treat you in the office. Some discolored teeth can be caused by genetic issues, medications, and even your diet.If you have thin enamel, your dentin, the material under your tooth's surface, is more likely to stain. If your teeth have changed color rapidly or will not improve no matter what steps you take at home, you need to consult with your dentist and/or general physician to try and determine the cause. Even if the discolored teeth are healthy, you may opt for a crown or veneer to improve the look of your smile. 

Gray or Black

When you have gray or black teeth, you should be concerned because they are probably dead as well as unattractive. Your teeth can die due to several causes. One is neglected tooth decay. If your tooth rots to a certain degree, it will cause the tooth pulp to react, eventually stopping blood flow and causing the tooth nerve to die. If you have avoided your dentist for years, this situation could easily happen to you. Another common cause for tooth death is injury. Frequently, people who play contact sports have this issue, particularly if they do not wear protective mouth guards. Football and ice hockey are two activities that are particularly unhealthy for your oral health. Of course, you don't have to be athletic to harm your teeth. If you trip and knock your tooth on something, the blood supply can be severed and the tooth will "die." When your tooth dies, your dentist may be able to save it with a root canal, although whitening may be necessary afterward. In other instances, you will need to have it removed and replaced with an implant. 

If your teeth are not super white, you do not need to worry, but if they are deeply yellow and will not whiten with good oral care, you may have a problem. If your teeth become very dark, the nerve may be dead, meaning you need treatment immediately. Rainbows should be colorful, but your teeth should not. Seek help from your dentist in a timely manner.