Every tooth has a general shade that it pick up due to genetics and oral habits. As we age our teeth tend to get a little darker then what we would like; hence the amount of tooth whitening products on the market. Food, beverages, and oral hygiene all affect our tooth shade. Different food have different abilities to stain teeth. Some foods have acidic qualities to them which makes the teeth tend to pick up more staining. Our oral habits play an important role preventing staining. The longer a staining food or beverage sits on our teeth the more staining potential it has. Brushing our teeth once a day at night means breakfast get to sit on our teeth all day long. People usually drink coffee or teeth with breakfast (don't worry the power of coffee to stain teeth is greatly reduced by putting cream in it). Yes, among other oral issues, smoking does cause a significant amount of yellow staining of teeth. This has a lot to do with the chemicals in smoke as well as the constant replacement of smoke every hour or two. The two most important things to do to get teeth whiter again is to adjusted oral habits and get a professional cleaning that can get rid of any hardened calculus. Simply changing the schedule of oral habits can help significantly. Add brushing in the morning as well as at night could help out.
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My best to you!
William F. Scott IV, DMD
You will need to have whitening done to get rid of this. It will make it much better, but if you keep smoking it will come back quickly
Yes, smoking can cause the teeth to yellow. You can look into whitening treatments. Please speak with your dental professional for whitening options.
Thank you for your question.
You can use whitening, but not while you smoke.
Michael M. Blicher, DDS