People generally think of teeth as being white. But tooth enamel can be many different shades. Over time, tooth enamel can change color or become stained. There are many reasons why teeth become discolored:
- Genetics – tooth color can run in the family
- Injury to the teeth
- Medicines, such as some antibiotics
- Tobacco use
- Contact with stain-causing food and drinks over time (such as berries, sauces, coffee, cola, black tea and red wine)
If your teeth are discolored, tooth whitening may help. “Whitening” is any process that can make teeth look whiter. It may be safely done at home or in the dental office.