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Help! My Teeth Are Yellow

If your teeth aren’t so pearly white, you might wonder what you can do to brighten your smile. From unproven at-home methods and over-the-counter whitening strips and toothpastes to cosmetic dental options, the choices can be overwhelming. 

At Dr. Darj Dental, we know that having a bright smile can boost your self-confidence, and that’s why Mehrnoosh Darj, DDS, and her team walk you through your options for safely and effectively eliminating stains. Whether you opt for professional teeth whitening or dental veneers, we can help you say goodbye to yellow teeth.

Here’s how we can help you achieve your dream smile — and how you can maintain those results at home.

Why your teeth are yellow

Before you consider any whitening option, it’s important to learn why your teeth appear yellow. You may be surprised to learn that not all stains can be eliminated by whitening treatments. Two types of stains that show on teeth are:

Extrinsic stains originate on the surface of your teeth, and they’re frequently caused by coffee, tea, wine, red sauces, curry sauces, and tobacco. Intrinsic dental stains affect the inner tooth layer and are caused by oral trauma or side effects of a medication. Intrinsic stains may not respond to at-home or in-office whitening treatments.

Help! How can I brighten my smile?

Depending on the source of your staining, you have different options. If your yellow teeth are the result of extrinsic stains, you might be an ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening treatments. 

If you have stubborn intrinsic stains, whitening treatments may not be effective for you. But you’re not out of luck. Dr. Darj may suggest veneers — thin shells of white porcelain that cover your natural tooth. Because veneers permanently cover the visible portion of your teeth, it doesn’t matter if you have extrinsic or intrinsic stains.

Benefits of professional teeth whitening treatments

Professional in-office teeth whitening treatments can brighten your teeth by up to eight shades in one visit.* This means that you don’t have to fuss with messy whitening strips or brightening toothpastes that just don’t work on yellow teeth as well as you’d like. 

The in-office professional whitening from Dr. Darj Dental uses a bleaching agent that’s much stronger than what you can purchase over-the-counter, which makes your treatment more effective and more efficient. We protect your gums and lips from the bleaching agent during the treatment session and apply a post-treatment gel to help reduce sensitivity.

Our professional-grade at-home treatments also use a stronger whitening agent than you get in over-the-counter products. Custom-fit at-home trays ensure that the bleaching agents cover your teeth adequately, which isn’t the case with one-size-fits-all OTC strips and trays. Professional at-home treatments brighten yellow teeth gradually, over a couple of weeks.

The biggest benefit of professional whitening: Your self-confidence soars when you’re happy with your brighter smile!

Preventing future stains

Once you’ve transformed your smile — either with whitening treatments or veneers — you want to keep your teeth pearly white. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods, but these strategies help keep stains at bay:

If you’re embarrassed by yellow teeth, we can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Darj to learn more about professional teeth whitening options or dental veneers. Give our El Paso, Texas, office a call at 915-213-4097 or book an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.

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