Help! My Teeth Are Yellow

Help! My Teeth Are Yellow

Did you know the most common desire for improving your smile is to have whiter teeth? At Nataly Vilderman, DDS in San Francisco, California, our professional dental team has the expertise to whiten your teeth and keep them that way. 

Causes of teeth discoloration

Several factors can cause your teeth to lose their whiteness, including:

Food and drink

Coffee, tea, and red wine can easily stain your teeth. Dark sauces and foods like chocolate and berries can also darken your teeth or turn them yellow.


Tobacco products stain your teeth because the tar in them is dark and when nicotine mixes with oxygen, it turns yellow, which can stay on the surface of your teeth.


Certain medications can take a toll on the color of your teeth. Talk to our team about which ones you take that might cause this issue.


Your teeth have a soft, yellow-like substance underneath your teeth’s white shell called dentin. As you get older, your outer layer starts to thin out, exposing more of the dentin.


If you experience an injury to your mouth, your teeth might react by producing a darker layer of dentin under your enamel.

Side effects of teeth whitening

During your teeth whitening procedure with our team, we target the porous enamel of your teeth with a high-grade, professional bleaching agent in the form of a gel. 

In some cases, bleaching your teeth can cause minor side effects, including:

Irritated gums

If the bleach gets on your gums, you might notice some temporary swelling or inflammation. During your professional treatment with our team, we take extra precautions to protect your gum tissue by using a protective gel that shields it.

Sensitive teeth

The ingredients in the teeth whitening gel can cause the pulp in your teeth to swell, which can cause sensitivity, but it doesn’t last long. You can reduce the sensitivity by using special kinds of toothpaste for sensitive teeth, or if you’re whitening them at home, then try wearing your trays for a shorter period of time.

Affected dental restorations

Different materials are used for dental restorations, which determines how they’re affected. When we examine your teeth, we work with you to give you the best option.

To schedule your professional teeth whitening with our practice, contact us today by calling your preferred location in San Francisco, or book your appointment online. You can also send our team a message with any questions.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Problems That Veneers Correct

Are you unhappy with the state of your smile right now? With one simple solution, multiple flaws can be addressed. Discover how dental veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted without extensive dental work.

How Long Can I Expect My New Crown to Last?

The lifespan of a new crown depends on the material used to manufacture it, the crown’s position in your mouth, and how well you avoid bad oral habits. With good routine care, you can expect any new dental crown to last for years.

Closing the Gap with a Dental Bridge

You don’t have to live with the discomfort and embarrassment of gaps left from missing teeth. Find out how a dental bridge can restore your smile’s normal functioning and appearance.

What Problems Can Tartar and Plaque Cause?

Tartar and plaque can damage not only your smile, but they can also compromise your overall health. If you aren’t sure what to do about plaque and tartar, we’re here to help you.

Is Invisalign® Right for Me?

If your teeth need straightening, you’ve likely been weighing all your options. You may have heard about Invisalign® aligners for orthodontic work, but are they the right option for you? Keep reading to learn all about them.

Is Periodontal Disease Serious?

When you think about going to the dentist, you probably think about your teeth. Much of the important work a dentist does, though, has to do with keeping your gums healthy. Periodontal disease is common, and can cause serious health issues.