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What Causes the Discoloration of a Tooth?

Whether their teeth are stained, discolored, or just look dull in appearance, many patients are self-conscious about their smile. Cosmetic dentistry at Miami Modern Dental allows Dr. Pasquier to provide improvements that can help patients feel better about the way they look. The appearance of the teeth is a common complaint at Miami Modern Dental, and Dr. Pasquier offers a few cosmetic procedures to address them, such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers.

How do your teeth become discolored? Many things can affect the appearance of the tooth's enamel. Here are just a few of the ways that teeth can become discolored or stained:


Younger patients who have experienced trauma to their teeth may have a tooth (or several teeth) that changed color. When this happens to adult patients who are not going to lose their primary teeth, Dr. Pasquier often recommends porcelain veneers to cover the tooth, as teeth whitening and bleaching will not address this kind of discoloration.

Age and Genetics

Some patients are predisposed to yellowing teeth; also, this can occur due to aging. Teeth whitening can help counteract this and help these patients find a whiter, brighter, more brilliant smile.


Certain medications, such as tetracycline, can cause staining of the teeth, but patients can also talk to their doctor about special mouthwashes and rinses that can help counteract this side effect. Teeth whitening may be able to help once the damage has already occurred.

Poor Hygiene

When patients do not brush, floss, and properly maintain their oral health, they may experience yellowing and staining of the teeth. While some of this can be cleaned off by a dental professional, it may result in permanent staining. Teeth whitening and bleaching can assist in removing this unwanted staining and discoloration.

Tobacco Use

It is no surprise that smoking and chewing tobacco can stain a person's teeth. Even after the bad habit has been stopped, teeth may still be dull and discolored.

Foods and Drinks

Teas, coffees, wines, berries, and other food and drink items may cause staining of the teeth over time. A simple teeth whitening treatment can usually address this kind of surface discoloration.

Dr. Pasquier of Miami Modern Dental can help patients achieve a whiter, brighter smile, regardless of what has previously stained and discolored the teeth. If you are interested in teeth whitening, contact Miami Modern Dental today to schedule a consultation.

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