It can be very hard to keep your teeth in good condition and looking nice and white. Often bad habits such as unhealthy eating cause dental problems such as broken or chipped teeth and, of course, badly discolored and stained teeth.

People who drink a lot of coffee often also have discolored teeth, specifically, yellow stained teeth because of the presence of the tannins in the coffee. Wine and tea also contain similar polyphenol compounds that can really alter the white color of your teeth. 

Some types of medication can also cause teeth to become discolored and unattractive. In fact, the antibiotics doxycycline and tetracycline are known to sometimes cause some discoloration of the teeth. Smoking and chewing tobacco also cause much staining of the teeth. 

It is important to have excellent dental hygiene to keep your teeth looking nice and clean, and white. Individuals who have poor dental hygiene are more likely to have more tooth decay and to also have teeth that are discolored and unattractive.

When it comes to caring for your teeth it is important to brush well but also to floss to remove food buildup between the teeth. Rinsing with proper mouthwash is also important and helps to keep the mouth clean. Even with excellent brushing, flossing, and rinsing, teeth may still become stained over time and you may want to find a way to make your teeth look whiter and brighter. As we get older we may also find our teeth begin to yellow as the white-colored enamel is worn away. 

Because there are so many reasons for teeth to become discolored, it is a very common problem that affects millions of people each year.

How to treat discolored teeth

There are many natural ways of trying to whiten and brighten your teeth, including using lemons, mixtures including strawberries and even using turmeric powder. You can read more about these home remedies here 

The main problem with the natural methods of tooth whitening is that they can possibly damage your enamel which actually will then weaken your teeth over time. It is therefore important for you to find safer methods to whiten your teeth.

A better bet is to use tooth whitening gel which is specially designed to clean your teeth and whiten the color. You can have this done professionally at a clinic which offers dental treatments, and the advantage is that it won't damage the enamel of your teeth.

For some people, dental veneers may be a good option, particularly if they want to also change the shape of their front teeth. Dental veneers that are made out of porcelain are the most beneficial because they are resistant to stains from tobacco and are strong. However, getting dental veneers would be more expensive and takes more time than having a tooth whitening gel applied to your teeth. Knowing what options are available, though, can help you decide on the best solution to your discolored and stained teeth.