Help! My Teeth Are Yellow

Are you embarrassed by yellow teeth? You’re not alone. More than 40.5 million Americans used whitening products in 2018 alone. But if you've tried whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening strips and still don’t have the results you want, you’re not doomed to settle for yellow teeth. 

Here at The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, offer professional in-office and at-home whitening treatments. If you’re not happy with the color of your teeth, we can help. Keep reading to explore your options.

Are your pearly whites not so white?

Not all teeth stains are the same. In fact, this might be why you’ve struggled to brighten your smile. The type of treatment you need depends on the type of stains you have. Stains are classified as either intrinsic or extrinsic.

Extrinsic stains

Extrinsic stains affect only the outer surface of your teeth. Factors that can cause extrinsic stains include the following:

Intrinsic stains

Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, affect the second layer of your teeth, which is called the dentin. Intrinsic stains can be caused by using too much fluoride and by using certain medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics. Because these stains affect the dentin, they can be  more difficult to eliminate.

Exploring your options

Regardless of what type of staining you have, we’ve got a solution that’s right for you.

In-office treatments

If you want dramatic results with minimal time commitment, in-office laser whitening treatments might be right for you. Laser whitening treatments take about an hour. During that time, the light from the laser activates a whitening agent on your teeth, which lifts the stains from your teeth. This treatment should work well with most extrinsic stains. Here are some of the benefits:

At-home treatments

Professional at-home treatments aren’t the same as the one-size-fits-all versions found at the drugstore. With our treatments, we’ll fit you for a customized tray. This will make the trays more comfortable and make sure the whitening agent covers all of your teeth. This treatment should work well with most extrinsic stains. Here are some of the benefits:


Even if your teeth don’t respond well to professional whitening treatments, or if you have intrinsic stains, you can get a gleaming smile with veneers. Veneers are thin shells that cover the fronts of your natural teeth. By selecting the right shade for your veneers, we can improve the appearance of your smile. Here are some of the benefits:

As family dentists and cosmetic specialists, we want to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile. If you’re bothered by yellow teeth, let us help you get your dream smile. To learn more about your whitening options, book an appointment over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.

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