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Why Are My Teeth Turning Yellow?

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More Videos from Dr. Erik Svans 12 videos in this series

Dr. Svans explains the relationship between plaque build-up and yellowing teeth.

Dr. Svans:
Many times patients will come in, new patients will come in and say they want whiter teeth.

And the first thing I look at is I look around at their teeth; I look right along the gum line and I’ll notice that their teeth look yellower.

And sometimes maybe even the whole tooth look yellower and most of the times it’s due to plaque buildup that’s more or less sitting on the tooth.

So when you go to whiten a tooth like that it’s not going to whiten. There’s a film of plaque over that surface of the tooth. So what we need to do is remove that plaque first.

And what people will notice is they have their teeth cleaned and right there, clear as day, their teeth have come up a few shades and color just from getting their teeth cleaned.

The plaque on the teeth make your teeth appear yellow, simply by the color that the plaque is. It’s not a white. It’s not a brown. It can become brown if it has absorbed some coffee stains or dark soda stains.

But typically the plaque on your teeth is yellow. So that yellowish tinge that many people will come in asking us about, especially if they haven’t had their teeth cleaned in over six months, the teeth are going to get whiter with the cleaning not with whitening.

We can talk about whitening after the cleaning but many times the first step is to get your teeth cleaned professionally by a dental hygienist.

About Dr. Svans:
Dr. Erik Svans, D.D.S., is a 1997 graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), American Dental Association (ADA), Arizona Dental Association (AZDA), Dental organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and affiliated with the International College of Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Svans specializes in Smile Design and Reconstruction, Dental Implants CEREC, Laser Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Invisalign, and Dental Technology Advancements.

Visit Dr. Svans at his website

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