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Your Natural Tooth Shade And What Alters It

Many people desire to have the fastest teeth whitening experience they possibly can, but sometimes that can look unnatural. The reason for this is everyones natural tooth color is different. If you think about it, there are many different shades of white. Have you ever tried to buy white paint? You may have noticed the varying colors. Yes, they are all white, but they have hints of other colors in them giving them a slightly different look. The same can be said for teeth. As you consider your natural tooth shade and some things that can alter that, you will find the following information quite helpful. When you were born, your teeth were already formed and their shade determined. During your life, though, certain things have altered the shade into the color it is now.

Tobacco products are one of the most extreme discoloring agents. Since they contain so many strong chemicals, your teeth easily absorb them and change color. Citrus is a healthy treat, but the acid in the fruits can erode your tooths enamel. Your teeth contain dentin, which has a yellow hue and become visible if too much enamel is removed. Pomegranates, blackberries, and blueberries are rich in pigment and can stain the teeth. As a general rule of thumb, anything that creates stubborn stains on clothing, can also create stains on your teeth. Sugary treats may taste great, but they can wreak havoc on your natural tooth color. The sugar in these foods and drinks can stick to your teeth and attract bacteria. As bacteria eats the sugars, it releases acids that decay the teeth.

Coffee and tea can also discolor your teeth. These popular beverages contain tannins, an acid that can discolor and stain teeth. Also, since tea and coffee alters your mouths pH balance, it can make the foods you eat after drinking it more damaging. Wine is another culprit of teeth staining. Just like coffee and tea, wine contains tannins. Other things can that may be beyond your control can also stain your teeth. Certain diseases and treatments can affect the enamel and color of your teeth. Also, some can actually affect the inner layer of your teeth and change their color.

Since white is so difficult to define, a common guide used by dentists breaks the natural tooth shade into four different shade ranges. The first shade category is A and contains the white color that has a tinge of reddish brown. The next category is B and this is a reddish yellow color. A gray white is considered category C and D is a reddish gray. There are different darkness levels within each range. You can use such a guide to help you find your natural tooth color and help you determine which white is right for you. As you can see, white is a subjective term and is hard to define when it comes to teeth. Along with that, many things can change the white color of your teeth and cause the natural color to become altered. Developing a good relationship with a dentist you trust is a good first step to ensure your teeth are the healthiest and whitest they can possible be.


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