This is a major misconception, particularly as people age. It’s normal and healthy to have darker teeth as you age because the dentin—the substance of the teeth—becomes thicker. If your teeth darken with age, it’s ok. It’s just like having gray hair—you’ve earned every one of them!
There are two types of stains: intrinsic and extrinsic:
- Intrinsic stains are within the substance of the tooth
- Extrinsic stains are on the surface
Allow your dental professional to help you determine the difference. They can almost always remove extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains are much harder to change.
Straight and healthy are our higher priorities. Healthy teeth and healthy gums are what you want, not necessarily whiter teeth and the two are not synonymous. Yes, whiter teeth are usually younger, and yes, that’s what the bleaching agents do—they push back the staining that has occurred intrinsically a little bit and bring them to a lighter stage as they were at a younger age. The only way to really achieve white teeth is to bleach a little bit. Overly bleached white teeth are not healthy. And healthy teeth are our goal.