“You’re not going to use my name, right? In that case, I’ll tell you my age. I’m sixty-one years old,” M., a lovely lady, said. “And I’ve always done everything I could to maintain my appearance. I don’t smoke – it’s terrible for your skin – and I brush my teeth religiously. I never miss a cleaning. Yet my teeth are getting darker. I hate it, and I want to know what’s going on. Is this one of those bonus features of aging no one ever talks about?”
There are a number of factors that can cause our teeth to darken. Some of them are, in fact, age related. Dentin, the dense tissue underneath our tooth enamel, diminishes with age. That can cause your teeth to take on a darker appearance. However, more often, as your Quincy dentist, we more often see darkened teeth in seniors that are attributable to years of smoking and exposure to staining foods. It’s also important to understand that some prescription medications can have an impact on the appearance of your teeth.
No matter what the cause is, there is a way to restore the appearance of your smile. As cosmetic dentists, we have special training in a wide range of tooth whitening treatments. These treatments are safe, painless and effective. Having a white smile boosts the self confidence and can make you feel like yourself again.
Our teeth do get darker as we age, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a brilliant white smile. See your Quincy dentist today to discover what your options are.