Yellow Teeth Facts

Yellow Teeth

Many people have yellow teeth and do not realize unless they spot it on a photo.  Everyone likes to look as good as they can and would not want to be embarrassed each time they smile. If they become aware they have yellow teeth they will be very guarded about smiling too often. Discolored teeth can turn a pretty smile to an ugly smile. What would be more embarrassing than a friend or partner pointing it out to you? It could have a big impact on anybody’s self-confidence.

Yellow Teeth

Yellow Teeth

Once it is pointed out to anyone it becomes their object of embarrassment, they become very hypersensitive to anyone looking at them and assume everyone is staring at their yellow teeth. The person will now try to cover this by not smiling, refraining from joining in conversations or even putting their hands over their mouth whilst speaking. If someone lets this become a big issue, it could have a detrimental effect on their social life. It would be a great idea to investigate on remedies and nip it in the bud so it does not become a big problem.

 Yellow Teeth Causes

There are many reasons that cause discoloration of the teeth Some people have a natural yellow discoloration, which, unfortunately cannot be put right without expensive dental work. The tooth consists of a layer of dentin which is covered by a layer of enamel which forms the outermost aspect of the tooth. The makeup of the tooth surface is that it consists of 2 layers. The inner layer consists of Dentin which is a yellow color. This is covered by an outer layer of enamel which gives the white color that we normally see. The problem is that the layer of enamel is very thin in some peoples teeth, allowing the yellow of the Dentin to show through the translucent enamel, which gives it the discolored appearance. This is what causes naturally yellow teeth. There are, of course, other reasons why we have yellow teeth.

Chromogenic foods such as red wine, tea, cola and coffee will stain the teeth over many years. Foods like tea, coffee, wine cause discoloration of the teeth. Tobacco is another item that causes discoloration, even the smokeless tobacco will have some effect. It should also be obvious that regular brushing of teeth will limit the amount of staining to a certain extent.This will limit the build up of tartar and plaque that is another cause of yellow teeth. 

Medication can also attribute to tooth staining, also excessive levels of fluoride can also have some effect, particularly  in young children. Due to the aging process, the enamel starts to thin out and has less ability to keep the chromegenic agents at bay, leading to yellow teeth. One thing to bear in mind that it is natural for everyone’s teeth color to be different – we can’t all look like hollywood  film stars!!

 Teeth Whitening for Yellow Teeth

 In order to slow down your teeth from discoloring, it is advisable to brush your teeth after every meal, whenever it is practical. If you want to eat between meals try to refrain from eating too many sweets – try eating snacks low is sugar – such as yoghurt, cheese, and if you chew gum then try the sugarless variety. Tobacco, of course, is also capable of causing yellow teeth.

Prevention is better than cure, so if you modify your eating, drinking and smoking habits – you will maintain a white smile for much longer between any whitening treatments.

One of the first option many people try are Whitening toothpastes. Do not expect immediate results when you try this method. Also, keeping plaque under control will be a real plus to limiting tooth discoloration. Using dental floss or Interdental Brushes are a big help. I prefer Interdental brushes myself, I find them much easier to use.

If you are still not happy with your yellow teeth, you have a choice of trying out products at home or getting treatment from your dentist – the choice will probably be dependant on your finances as professional Teeth whitening methods can be very expensive.

In conclusion, yellow teeth discoloration is a condition which can be overcome, and once achieved will give you a brand new smile that will give an improved confidence in business or personal life.

Teeth Whitening Home Remedies

Teeth Whitening Home Remedies


If you are looking for teeth whitening home remedies to whiten your yellow teeth without the cost of visiting the dentist, we would advise you not to use homemade concoctions as they may damage your teeth, especially if you get the quantities of ingredients incorrect.

Teeth Whitening Home Remedies

Teeth Whitening Home Remedies

Any of the Brand Name teeth whitening home remedies will be tested to stringent guidelines, so providing you follow the instructions there is no chance of damaging your teeth.

We would advise you against using any product that has more than a 16% Carbamide Peroxide content such as Rapid Whitening products, best leave them to the professionals.

Depending how white you want your teeth to be or how discoloured they are at present will have a bearing on what teeth whitening home remedies you need to try or how long you need to use it.

A piece of advice – about a week before using any teeth whitening home remedies – start using a Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste as most whitening goods tend to sensitise teeth and gums.


Here are a few of the more popular methods of teeth whitening home remedies.



Teeth Whitening Strips

These are strips that have one side coated with a low dosage of peroxide gel

They come in pairs – one for the bottom set of teeth and one for the top set.

They are easy to use but must be fitted properly and results take a little time.

Before fitting it is a good idea to wipe excess saliva off the teeth in order to give a better fixing. Remember to tuck the bottom of the strip under the teeth in order to bleach the teeth bottoms. Also press the strips down in between each tooth.

There are many different makes available – we advise you to stick to well known brands


Teeth Whitening Pens

Many people prefer to use the pens as they are easy to apply, also you can get to areas that the Strips may not be able to reach.

They are usually applied a couple of times a day and are so convenient to carry with you for use at any time when you have 15 minutes to spare.

The pen is filled with whitening agent – usually gel. There is a brush on the end of the pen. Put a small amount of gel onto the brush (by clicking a button or turning the bottom of the brush) and apply a thin layer to your teeth (try to give a even coverage). Do not drink or clean your teeth for a period of 10 minutes. Repeat as often as advised by the makers instructions.

Better brands include Brite Smile, Listerine, Philips Zoom, Whiter Image and Go Smile.


Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Use this in place of your regular toothpaste. It is very good for stain removal, however, do not expect immediate whitening results as this is a more gentle method than using gels (trays, strips and pens)

Be aware that it is not advisable to allow children below the age of 6 yrs to use these products (they can easily swallow a certain amount which could be harmful to the young)


Tray moulds with Whitening Gel

Tray Moulds come either as prefilled or they can be bought just as trays that you can inject the gel into. Some of the Professional Kits have trays that can be molded to your teeth shape which will give a much better fit. (This will allow more gel to be applied into the trays, and also stop any gel seeping out onto the gums, which could cause irritation).

These can be bought and used at home, although a dentist will use very similar products.

You can also buy Tray mould kits that are supplied with a blue laser light. when this is used in conjunction with the gel, the whitening effect can be up to 50% more efficient on yellow teeth.

These are the basic product options that can be used to whiten your yellow teeth; our suggestion is to look for reviews on several kinds of teeth whitening home remedies to decide which is the most suitable for your requirements.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-Office Teeth Whitening


When you visit a dentist for in-office teeth whitening – the first check he will carry out is to determine the amount of teeth discoloration in order to establish a starting level color. This will give a set level of yellowing that you start with and also a point of measure to show how effective the treatment has been once completed. This is usually measured with the use of colored tabs that can be compared to your teeth discoloration. Using these tabs – you can assess how effective the process has been after every treatment – enabling you to closely monitor results. Most of the dentists will also take photos of before and after treatment, in order to view the complete transformation.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-Office Teeth Whitening

After the discoloration level is assessed, the first step the dentist will carry out is to cover your lips and gums to protect the soft tissues from the peroxide gel. The next step is to apply a Barrier Cream to the gums, for further protection. The cream is hardened off with the assistance of a curing light. This is done protect the gums from the high concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide in order to minimize any irritation to other parts of the mouth. The last step is to apply the bleaching gel to the teeth. Some Teeth Whitening procedures use a LED or UV light to speed up and enhance the bleaching process. This is also known as Laser Teeth Whitening.

If the system is used with a light, then the lamp is focused onto the teeth as soon as the whitening gel is applied. The light will initiate the gel activating process.

Depending on which system is used, the sessions can last anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes. After the session the gel is removed, and if desired another coat may be applied for a second session. The gel is replaced because the process is very rigorous and will stop working after approximately 20 minutes. The complete in-office process will usually last between 90 minutes to 2 Hours, and results will be more noticeable than any of the Home Based Products. For in-office teeth whitening processes that do not require light activation, the procedure is very similar. The time for each session also the same – between 10 and 20 minutes.


Typical In-Office Teeth Whitening Costs


One of the best reasons for choosing in-office teeth whitening is that it is possible to achieve the desired result in one session. This, of course means that you will only have to pay for a single session. Although it is an expensive solution, you can achieve the white smile you long for in the shortest possible

time. The costs of these procedures can vary between $299 and $750. This will depend on the discoloration of your teeth at the start of treatment and the level of whitening you wish to achieve. You will need to have a consultation with your dentist to get an exact price for your particular requirements. The dentist will also let you know if you require any additional products to maintain your ‘new look’.

For a reduced price they will also provide approved products that can be used at home. They will supply a professionally fitted custom tray kits which when used at home which will require 1 or 2 weeks treatment. This can cost you between 199 – 399 Dollars. This may achieve similar results to the In-office teeth whitening treatment, however the results will take several applications – they cannot be achieved in one session.


In-Office Teeth Whitening Results


Although it is an expensive method of Teeth Whitening – the reason that it is so popular is that you can get instant results with a guaranteed product. The dentist will know what can be achieved with your teeth and can advise you on your best options.

If you look after your teeth as recommended, using the correct toothpastes and mouth rinses as well as watching your food and drinks, your teeth should not require further in-office teeth whitening treatment for a minimum of 6 months to anywhere between 1 and 2 years.