Yellow Teeth – Causes and Treatment

by admin on September 19, 2008

Yellow Teeth

Having yellow teeth can not only be embarrassing at times but also harm your self-esteem.

It might make you conscious of your teeth whenever you feel the urge to flash your smile. The first step in getting rid of this ugly yellow tinge is to determine the cause of it.

Yellow Teeth Causes

  • Natural: Some individual’s teeth are naturally yellow in color. This is no defect as not all of us are lucky enough to have naturally white teeth. Here is the detailed reason for this natural yellow color. The outer most covering of the teeth (enamel) is white.

    However, the layer below this, which is the dentin, is naturally yellow. In some conditions, the outermost layer is not well mineralized causing it to become translucent. This makes the color of the dentin (yellow) more apparent and you can’t change this natural tooth color unless you use advanced whitening methods.


yellow teeth

  • Aging: You have to accept the fact that yellowing of teeth is also a natural aspect of aging. However careful you might have been in maintaining your oral hygiene, over a long period of time staining agents generally seep in to your teeth giving it a yellowish tinge. Also, the enamel wears down and the natural yellow color of the underlying layer (dentin) becomes visible.
  • Oral hygiene: Poor Oral hygiene is a major cause of yellow teeth colour. You could say “yellow teeth can have various causes” but poor oral hygiene ALWAYS result in yellow teeth(along with a lot of other dental problems)
  • Food Habits: The chromogenic (COLOUR IMPARTING) food and beverages we consume can be held responsible for a vast majority of tooth discolorations. Foods such as tea, coffee, soda and berries have colour imparting properties. Smoking and chewing tobacco causes stained teeth as well due to nicotine deposits on teeth.

Yellow Teeth Treatment:

Although we can try our best to control the yellowing of our teeth by simple methods, sometimes it’s just not possible and we have to look towards more advanced methods.

Simple Methods:

  • Brush and Floss twice a day.
  • Brushing after consuming color imparting agents like coffee, tea, soda etc
  • Using Whitening toothpaste and chewing sugarless whitening gums.
  • Using Whitening strips or paint on bleach.

Advanced Methods

  • Using Dental Veneers.
  • Using various tooth whitening methods especially the in-office tooth bleaching.


srikanthmuppalla February 7, 2009 at 5:44 am

my teeth r yellowish in colour from my childhood
i consult many dentists but there is no use.
wil u tell me is there ant treatment for this problem
thank you

admin February 11, 2009 at 5:44 am

hey there,

well, the natural color of teeth in a person can be variable and if your teeth are naturally yellow you cant do much about it either.

you could try tooth whitening but it wont be effective on naturally yellow teeth.

DentalCareCentral June 16, 2009 at 6:17 am

@srikanthmuppalla – Hi,

You could try using porcelain or composite veneers to cover up the teeth and give them a whiter feel.

However, veneers tend to cost a lot and the color of the veneers will eventually change and match the color of your current teeth. You may need to replace them quite frequently to keep them white.

Naz October 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hey there, I have a yellow teeth since I was 8. Before that, My teeth was originally white. I had my teeth in yellow colour for like 7 years now. Do you think I would still have a chance to whiten it again like in my childhood days?

Cosmos Motshegwe November 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm

i do understand that naturally yellow you cant do much about it,but i believe that mine is caused by smoking and drinking too much tee.

CVLW November 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm

what if you have braces? how can u use whitening strips then? are there any products to help with whitening of teeth while have braces?

kapil November 27, 2009 at 7:10 am

My front two teeth are yellow because of water problem. so is this possible to convert this in into white.

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