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My teeth are yellow and this puts down my confidence...

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Question - (22 September 2007) 20 Answers - (Newest, 16 November 2012)
A female United Kingdom age 18-21, anonymous writes:

I have had yellow teeth for as long as I can remember. I don't know why, I hardly ever eat chocolate or drink coffee/tea or smoke or do much that would stain them.

It really affects the way I talk and act around boys.

I don't think they're naturally yellow, because they are different shades and I've been told that's how to tell if they're stained.

I've tried tooth whitening products (some expensive ones too) but they don't work at all!

My parents arn't much use. My dad just says I should clean my teeth more, but I clean my teeth twice a day. My mum just says I don't drink enough milk. Does that even make sense?

It really puts a downer on my confidence. I'm quite pretty to be honest, I've got a slim and curvy figure and overall I'm actaully quite goodlooking, but my teeth are yellow!!

All my friends have beautiful pearly white teeth. Why not me?

A while back the dentist said I have good, strong healthy teeth. It's just the clolour that bothers me.

Advice, anyone?

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A female reader, AdviceWomen United States +, writes (16 November 2012):

You can you use Hydrogen Peroxide , but only a low % as of a use of mouth rinse. DONT SWALLOW, The best % For just mouth wash is 3 percent, any higher could cause erosion to the enamel. If you need more info on it google it. I use colgate tooth paste after rising.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (23 November 2011):

OMG!! i have the exact same problem!! it really is a confidence eater! and im really pretty too, but i avoid smiling? and i only like seeing people at night so i dont have to show them my teeth! and it really sucks when people stare at my teeth, when im talking!! i almost feel like crying!! i would be sooooooo happy if i had white teeth!!

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A male reader, kutter United States +, writes (15 November 2011):

I was born with yellow teeth and crooked teeth. it sucks especially when your young. kids are mean. and grown ups just pretent not to notice but do.

my advice is not to brush and abuse the enamel with ultra bright(my thing i used).

now that i am older they are still yellow. and yellower because of not brushing ten times a day with ultra bright.

but my enamel is worn away now. so i use pepsodent because it is cheap and cleans but not harm them.

TP is 'soap" for your mouth. u know//

wash gums tounge etc lol..

Sorry you have what i do. but I just don't open my mouth as much as ppl with bright perfect smiles.

sucks that there is negative prejiduce towards any thing visual.

A person is what is inside. What you know and how you use it.

Being healthy and able to run and play is the most important thing.

Having perfect teeth or nose is just "perfect" because the

corporations/business's which make money off of "facades" and many types of propaganda. To make money and continue

with old attitudes and values for our children.

If a child never knows that having yellow teeth is "bad" then they will not have any problems loving another human with them or unlike them in any way. any way at all.

Parents teach your children to not judge a person on their looks. Close thier eyes to visual appeal. It is a false

appeal which will lead to disappointment possibly.

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A male reader, old'yeller Canada +, writes (17 April 2010):

hi there,

i've had yellow teeth all my life and it really never bothered me. even when i snuck a peak at one of my girlfriend's christmas cards from her family and her sister was like 'don't worry, you can find a guy without yellow teeth'

heh it bothered me a little but on the whole i was a cute and cool guy so it really didn't affect my ability to attract the opposite sex. and you know what the best part is, i've never had a real cavity. the only one i had was so small that my dentist was able to take it out right then and there and they didn't need to anaesthetize or anything. now, i haven't been for ten years and i'm sure i have some cavities now but they probably won't be too bad and i've saved thousands of dollars having yellow teeth, all the more to wine and dine etc. and i think they aren't as yellow as they used to be so i really don't care anymore. i've never judged people on yellow teeth. especially if you aren't overweight, i think that's the biggest thing that people judge these days. anyways, just my two front bits

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A female reader, 22122 United Kingdom +, writes (16 March 2010):

that is the same with my teeth. but they told me at school by drinking milk makes my teeth whiter so i drank about 2 glasses of milk everyday and they definalety got whiter!! x

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (5 December 2009):

well i have yellow teeth too, only on the side of my mouth.

i normally brush twice a day, but the colour does'ent change. i used witing tooth paste and the colour lighten a little. i feel your pain. i think the best thing we should do is a witing treatment(call bleaching) i am going to do it in January 2010, i will let your know the results.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (30 November 2009):

crest whitening mouthwash worked for me, but you have to use it on a daily basis or your teeth will become yellow again. trust me, i know! my teeth were pearly white and i stopped using it and wooo.. back to yellow.

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A male reader, zeroconfig Egypt +, writes (26 November 2009):

really after all that i would recommend you to use teeth whitening products ,there are many products in the market but less of them will actually make you teeth white and it can be dangerous to use them ,but also there are good products you can use you can see this website it present a teeth whitening products review the best five here is the website:

http://allteethwhitening.info

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A reader, anonymous, writes (13 August 2009):

I have yellow teeth and my sister always tells me they are horrible, they are not squint or anything just yellow. I have a white stain on one of my front teeth though, once i drank a can of cola and when i brushed my teeth they went completly white ! So avoid cola and other fizzy drinks, it helps to drink LOTS of water this also helps your skin. Milk isnt supposed to make your teeth white it is supposed to just make them stronger ! and your bones. Never mind brushing twice a day try and brush in the morning after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner and after a treat or supper. Meaning just after every meal. You can pig out one night but make sure you go straight back to SCRUBBING your teeth !

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A female reader, Vixster United Kingdom +, writes (4 January 2009):

I am 31 and have always had yellow teeth i have paid for professional whitening and nothing has really worked like yourself my confidence is crap when it comes to talking to people.....i bleach my teeth and it lightens them i buy the bleach off ebay 35% bleach yeah i know it aint that good for your enamal but hey hoe it makes me feel better and IF and i mean IF it does dstory my teeth i will have false teeth then never have the yellow teeth again.....i also have a 6yr old and his second teeth are growing through yellow and when he has all his second teeth and if it affects his life lke it does mine i will bleach his teeth too so all this feed back on drink milk and brush twice a day DONT YOU THINK WE HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING.....my advise to you is do what you makes you feel better

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A reader, anonymous, writes (17 July 2008):

ive got the same problem, there are coloured at the bottom of my front 2 teeth. dentist says that becuase i was born pre-mature i had to have medicine to keep me healthy and that medicine has side effects that make ur teeth staind. i got this problem n it gets me down some times aswell. so ask ur family if you were born pre-matue because this could be the reason and i have heard that its a common side effect.im in the UK so for treatment on my teeth will cost £9,000 and i cant afford that so if any1 has any tips on how to get them clean then i would like to no! :)

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (24 April 2008):

Do not follow that advice about using regular purpos bleach!!!!!

That may work, but the truth is that that is about the worst thing that you can do for your teeth. That will eat at your enamel very fast and actualy make your teeth yelower if you do it too much. This is beacause enamel thickness and translucency is actually what affects tooth color naturally. The inner pulp or dentin is actually yellow so if you have thin enamel or translucent enamel, then your teeth may be naturally yellow. If you use a corrosive like bleach, it will wear your enamel down very very quickly...... i cannot even begin to tell you what a dentist would say if he heard that people actually would try that

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (10 April 2008):

Hi! I am a boy who has the same problem as you do. Girls tend to like how i look, but I hate that my teeth are naturally yellow. Anyway I have allways wanted to meet a nice girl that has the same problem as I do. If you would like we could become friends maybe.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 February 2008):

I have also got yellow teeth. My dentist also says ive got really strong teeth. Ive never had a filling or anything in my life but they are just discoloured. I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years and he has never commented and it hasnt stopped him kissing me a lot. Ive also wanted to get work done on them. and i have 2 friends who are obsessed with white teeth and its important to them to have white pearly teeth. I did notice though that my teeth looked a lot whiter when i was using a whitening toothpaste and had a really good tan at the same time. I know that sounds strange but it they did look whiter. I would also suggest talking to your dentist. But also its not your teeth that counts and to be honest people dont always notice. Ive never been short of attention for it. You notice when someone has white pearly teeth because they always show them off, but if your more low in confidence your careful with what you show of yourself. I honestly think you'll have no problem. Keep trying various products but if it keeps getting you down it can affect your mood and personality and you dont want it to let it get you that far.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (5 October 2007):

if you know that your pretty and u look good then why have problems with the boys??? if they dont like you because of your teeth then for get them be yourself, and if your friends arent liking you because of your teeth then forget them to

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A female reader, Midge United Kingdom +, writes (23 September 2007):

Midge agony auntOkay, you may think this is really an odd thing to do, but I have white teeth and many have commented on that. The reason they are white has got zero to do with what I eat etc. So stopping drinking coffee etc isnt going to make a huge difference.

Before there was toothpaste, people used to use charcoal to brush their teeth. The charcoal makes your teeth really white over time. I dont know what it is in the charcoal but it cleans them. But I dont know if that is something that you would want to try, its just very messy and the charcoal hasnt got a very pleasant taste.

Something my mum used to do when we were younger and if we had marks on our teeth was use general purpose bleech to clean them. All you do is put the bristols of your toothbrush in a little bit of bleech. Under no circumstances do you swallow the bleech. Then brush your teeth. This is not something we did very often it just takes away the little marks on your teeth. I am not suggesting this, but its how we kept our teeth white.

Also, using a very hard toothbrush helps too. I get my toothbrushes sent over to me by my sister because I find the toothbrushes in the UK are far too soft. There is a toothbrush called "Jordan V" which is the only toothbrush I use. I always make sure its the "hard" bristols though.

As for you little dilema, I have to admit that I wouldnt not go out with someone because they had yellow teeth. What would put me off is bad breath, or if there teeth were rotting. I dont think that is your case.

If you were a very ill baby and used to have to take loads of medications, then the medications, especially antibiotics do tend to stain teeth. My niece is a blond haired, blue eyes, pretty girl and has yellow teeth because of the medications she had to take as a child. But that doesnt stop the boys from chasing after her and she is only 13.

So dont put too much stress on yourself because of your teeth. Change your toothbrush to a harder bristol and just keep brushing them two to three times a day. Long term it will be worth it!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (23 September 2007):

I'm exactly the same! It sucks doesn't it! The funny thing is that people rarely notice, particularly boyfriends and i often get told i have a really nice smile despite the fact my teeth are horrible. they are nice and straight, i just hate the mottled/coloured appearance of them. They have been this way for as long as i can remember though.

i know the colour hasn't been caused by staining, because I have never smoked, drunk red wine or anything like it, so i don't think any exspensive whitening treatment would solve the problem because that's the way they are. One day, i hope to be able to have dental crowns / dental caps or porcelain verneers fitted which will be nice and white, sadly this is very exspensive.

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A female reader, leanne.od United Kingdom +, writes (23 September 2007):

leanne.od agony auntthe calcium in milk, helps teeth grow stronger but it doesn't prevent the teeth turning yellow.

unfortunaely i don't know what to suggest other than whitening toothpastes but you say you have tried this. you can have them sergically whitened but this costs alot!

speak to your dentist and ask if he knows of any options because it is effecting your confidence.

sorry i couldn't help more.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (23 September 2007):

The best person to talk to is the dentist. they will have a lot of experience with cases like this. They can offer you many alternatives to help you feel better about your teeth. I think that some teeth just need more work than others. Keep your chin up X

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A female reader, Troubled Teen United Kingdom +, writes (23 September 2007):

Your mother is right, calcium builds up bones but also helps your nails and teeth, if you notice you cuticles on your nails are big and white if you havnt a very good calcium intake same with teeth being white, but believe it or not drinking milk or eating dairy products will help your teeth become stronger and whiter... but also brush your teeth twice a day .

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