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Tooth discoloration is a common phenomenon, so if your teeth are losing their whiteness and shine, you are not alone. Your teeth can become yellow, brown, and sometimes even grayish, depending on the cause, or you may just incur dark spots. Extrinsic stains are the kind that occur thanks to outside sources which are often in your control. These include staining from the following:

Food—eating bright berries, curries and their sauces, or soy sauce.
Drink—regularly consuming coffee, tea, or red wine.
Tobacco—smoking or chewing tobacco.
Oral Hygiene Habits—not brushing and flossing daily.

Intrinsic stains come from whatever is happening inside your tooth, causing it to darken, and can be caused by the following:

Medications—antibiotics (tetracycline), antihistamines, antipsychotics, antihypertensive drugs.
Fluorosis—to much fluoride in your system.
Trauma—chipped or broken teeth can darken because of deadened nerves.
Dental fillings—a large amalgam filling can make the enamel appear grey.
Genetics—your family tree can cause you to be born with tooth discoloration.
Aging—daily wear and tear can darken teeth.

If your teeth are discolored, we can help! At the dental office of Edward B. Miller, we offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening for our patients in Duncanville, Texas, and the surrounding areas. With in-office teeth whitening, we will apply the bleaching product directly to your teeth. Then using a special light, heat, or a laser, our dentist will activate the whitening agents to enhance the results. In-office whitening is the fastest way to whiten your teeth. Patients can see results after just one treatment. However, to achieve the results you desire, multiple treatments may be needed. So if you are looking for whiter, brighter teeth and would like to schedule a visit with Dr. Miller, please call our team at 972-298-6131 today!