Dr. Zachary Law, DDS
1337 Hardy Road | Vinton, VA 24179
Creating Healthy Smiles
& Happy Families

Why are my teeth so dull-looking?

If your teeth have started to become dull and discolored over time, you are not alone! This is a question we hear a lot at our Vinton dental office. The short answer is that, as we age, it is natural for our teeth to lose the youthful brightness we used to enjoy.

This happens for a number of reasons. A lifetime of poor oral health care can definitely take its toll on the brightness of your smile. Brushing and flossing is not just important for your oral health, it also helps to keep your teeth looking clean and fresh.

Tobacco use is one of the worst things for your teeth (in addition to all its other dangers.) Prolonged use of tobacco over many years will cause your teeth to become stained and yellow.

The aging process affects a lot of things, and your teeth are no exception. Over time, your tooth enamel starts to become porous, developing microscopic holes that attract food debris, which can cause your teeth to look dull and discolored.

Certain food and drink like coffee, tea, red wine, cola drinks, and dark foods like berries can all seep into your dental enamel. The result is teeth with stains that are impossible to remove by brushing alone.

However, at our Vinton dental office we have teeth whitening options that can restore your beautiful smile. Please contact us for more information.