Your bright smile may need your help!

Do you have dull or discolored teeth?  Do they make you want to hide your smile, maybe talk with your hand in front of your mouth? Are you concerned it’s more than just being in need of a cleaning? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people are looking to find their bright smile.

Many people believe that all they need is an over-the-counter whitening kit if their teeth seem discoloured.  And often, that’s all that’s needed. However, the factors that had made your teeth “yellow” could indicate a sign of bad health or hygiene, or perhaps environmental influences.

Medicines or drugs :

can change the color of your teeth.  Minocycline (used in the long-term treatment of acne vulgaris, rosacea, rheumatoid arthritis, and periodontal disease) can turn them green-grey or blue-grey.  The antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline, antipsychotics, certain antihistamines, high blood pressure meds as well as mouth rinses and washes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can cause teeth discoloration.

candies can discolour your teeth

Foods :

like candies, popsicles, tomato sauce, beets, curries, soy sauce and many more, if not properly cleaned can also change the color of your teeth.


are also common culprits when it comes to staining the teeth, especially those with high sugar and caffeinated beverages. Examples include energy and sports drinks, colas, wines, coffees, teas, and alcohol beverages.


in its various forms; cigarettes, vape devices, and chewing tobacco can also discolor the teeth in a very short time as nicotine can aggressively damage the enamel. According to SAMHSA, tobacco chewing also causes gum disease, tooth loss, oral, esophageal, and pancreatic cancers.

Genes are also another factor in this case. Many people may have acquired brighter and thicker enamel from their DNA.


As odd as it seems, too much fluoride is another source of staining of the teeth. This can come from your tap water in municipalities that add it or products like toothpaste and mouthwash. It is important to choose the right toothpaste for your teeth.


Though not as common, certain therapies for diseases such as head or neck radiation and chemotherapy can affect tooth color. And, believe it or not, babies may have the enamel on his or her teeth affected in utero if their mother develops certain infections while carrying them! Amazing!


More typical though is the unfortunate issue of aging for some people. As the enamel in their teeth wears down, the natural yellow color of the dentin beneath the enamel begins to show. Unsurprisingly, trauma to teeth can also cause a change in color whether you are a child or an adult.

But, as you might have guessed, the most common factor or cause of this situation is having poor oral hygiene.

cartoon tooth flossing and showering

Brushing and flossing regularly can help keep your teeth clean, white and bright. Consistent brushing and flossing, done daily activity, it will bring the natural white color of the teeth back to life!

There are easy ways to help you with keeping (or returning) your confident smile:

Whatever the reason, if your smile isn’t what you’d like it to be, come in and see us. We’d love to give some ideas on how to make it better.

Call us at 587 805 3094 or click here to contact us.

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Give Yourself a Gift – A Beautiful Smile No One Will See Coming…

With the holiday season and all the gift giving over, now is the time to take a minute and think about something for you. A beautiful smile!

You know you have a problem with having crooked teeth. You’ve been meaning to have it taken care of but the thought of wearing braces just doesn’t excite you. And yet, here you are, at the end of another year, and nothing’s been done.

Well, what if there was a way for you to get your straight white smile for the new year, but without wearing braces?  Would you do it?

This is just as good.

Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign
Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign

The Invisalign straightening system is one that is becoming very popular. It replaces metal wires and brackets with transparent plastic trays. Over time, the trays gently push your teeth into place.

And the trays are practically invisible. No need to be concerned about the cosmetic concerns you might have about wearing conventional braces to do the job.

In addition, since the trays are easily removable, you can continue to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth as normal.

This is the perfect gift to give yourself. A way to finally straighten your crooked teeth, but without looking like you’re wearing metal braces to get the job done. No one will see your beautiful smile coming!

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Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.