Help! My Teeth are Yellow

Help! My Teeth are Yellow

Perfect smiles fill the pages of magazines and the pages of social media, earning admiration from people all over. Perfect teeth aren’t a guarantee for anyone, but you can give your smile an excellent boost with our Zoom teeth whitening system, crowns, or veneers. With so many options, it might be hard to choose what’s best, but that’s where our experts come in.

Our caring professionals at Greenwich Dentistry in Greenwich, Connecticut, understand how a dull smile can make you feel dull. Led by Sean Sutton, DDS, and Mark Sutton, DDS, we use many techniques to bring your smile back to the glory that you remember or would like to enjoy finally. 

Why are my teeth yellow? 

There are several things that can change the color of your teeth - some extrinsic, some intrinsic. Extrinsic causes of tooth discoloration are typically environmental, like foods and drinks. Intrinsic causes of dull and discolored teeth include trauma to your teeth and aging. 

Foods and drinks can discolor your teeth. Some of the biggest offenders are wine and tomato-based foods and sauces. While having these foods sparingly isn’t likely to affect the color of your teeth, having them often raises the risk of discoloring your teeth. Coffee and tea also stain tooth enamel, despite the purported health benefits of tea

Of the extrinsic causes of dull and yellow teeth, Drs. Sutton know that the biggest and most dangerous offender is nicotine and tobacco products. Not only can using tobacco and nicotine products stain your teeth, but they also raise your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, and lungs. Nicotine use has also been known to exacerbate wrinkles and halitosis

The luckiest among us experience dull teeth due to aging, but childhood illnesses and tooth infections (typically periodontitis) are common intrinsic causes of dull teeth. Certain medications can change the color of your teeth, particularly tetracycline and doxycycline. 

What are some options?

If your teeth are yellow, rest assured, you’re not alone. Teeth whitening a global industry, making billions of dollars every year. As a result, you have plenty of options, and most importantly, you have Drs. Sutton at Greenwich Dental. 

Philips ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System

Research suggested that professional teeth whitening treatments can make as much as a 15% greater difference in your teeth’s whiteness when compared to at-home whitening systems. Enter ZOOM! Teeth whitening. This phenomenal system has been growing in popularity due to its ease and effectiveness. 

Similar to other teeth whitening treatments, you begin with a proper dental cleaning to maximize your results. After your teeth are clean and fresh, we apply a bleaching tray to your teeth and allow your teeth to soak. We then use a specialized LED light to activate the signature formulation, bringing your teeth shades brighter than when you walked in. 


Veneers are particularly advantageous to people whose teeth have been damaged, worn, or weak. To have a veneer, you’ll still need to have a natural tooth, which will be reshaped to fit your veneer. Veneers improve your smile, the look of your teeth, and make eating easier with durable material. 


Crowns are similar to veneers, except instead of replacing your tooth, a crown covers the top of a weak or damaged tooth. Crowns are effective at repairing your smile and making eating and speaking easier. It is possible to lose a crown or damage it with hard food, but crowns can be cared for and placed back into position by Dr. Sutton. 

Both veneers and crowns are cleaned as part of your daily dental hygiene. As you brush and floss your teeth twice daily, make sure to brush and floss your crown or veneer. 

Which option is for me?

While one option for whitening your teeth may seem like the best, what will be the healthiest for you is determined by Dr. Sutton. If you’re ready to change your smile for the better, we’re ready to help you get there. Call us today at 203-869-2066 or book an appointment with us online.

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