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Teeth Discolouration

Stained teeth

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Teeth can become discoloured for a number of reasons, and often the effect is temporary and can be attributed to food or drink, such as coffee, red wine or beetroot. Smoking also causes teeth staining, resulting in a nicotine smile that won’t see you dazzling anybody with your pearly whites. In addition, however, there are several diseases that can affect the tooth enamel and underlying dentin. If a nerve dies within a tooth, the tooth will darken as the nerve sheds material into the dentin. The tooth can be capped to cover the discolouration, or a bleaching solution can be utilised to whiten it. A number of other conditions can contribute to wider tooth discolouration, such as certain antibiotics and chemotherapy.

If you would like to know more about looking after your child’s teeth, then read our guide especially for parents on the Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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Hi I'm a single mother as been working with my embarrassing rotten teeth just need help to put a nice smile back on my face again,it's hard for me to smile to people around me even in public too





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Hi, I'm 17 years old and ever since my adult teeth have come through they've came through with a dark yellow coat. Since the age of 7 when my teeth started to fall out they've grown discoloured. I brush my teeth every morning and night and I've tried all different whitening products but nothing seems to work. This makes me very self conscious to talk to people and meet new people as I'm scared they'd be looking at my teeth and judging me. It causes anxiety when talking to people.





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please help me I am a boy of 32 years in Romania and I have great problems with teeth and does not allow me to get my teeth that I got to no longer have meaning in the above I have four and therefore I big big problems of trust in me will help me beseech you are my last hope thank you





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And I haft to cover my mouth when I talk I have really bad gum desease please find the time to help me your my last option





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My teeth are really bad there crucked and stained I'm only 22 and it's causing me depression I can hardly go out the house I don't have a dentist and defiantly can not afford one was wondering if embarrassing body's could help me in any way :*(





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I have always had severely stained teeth as I suffered from eating disorders from a young age up until my early adult life. I'm not 23 and completely ashamed of the way my teeth look they are yellow almost brownish, most are chipped due to grinding my teeth when I was younger and having a massive phobia from the dentist. Now iv started going to the dentist and tried bleach etc but it didn't help at all and every other procedure is way out of what I can afford on my wages. It's getting so bad that I can't take my daughter out not even to the park over fear that someone may speak to me and when I respond they will notice my teeth. I can't come to kiss my husband or even take any photographs with my young daughter as I'm that embarrassed and ashamed. What can I do? I can't afford procedures that I know I need and my life is going down very quickly I can't even go back to university because of how bad my teeth are its getting my so depressed and to a very very low point it's even making me wish death upon my self which may seem stupid but iv lived with this issue all my life and I can't bare the embarrassment anymore.Help please





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My teeth have always caused me confidence issues. My front two teeth have white patches at the bottom of them which makes the rest of my teeth look even more yellow than they actually are. I asked my dentist about it about a year ago and they said that it is nothing to do with my dental hygiene (as I have good dental hygiene) and they have just grown that way with the white stains being on the inside of my teeth. I was also told that my option may have to be veneers which I can't afford. Are there no other ways to resolve this issue?





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Haw can I get my small back as I had my jaw broke in 2012 had to have some of my teeth taken out so now I will not small and it upsets me because my children ask me to small and because of this I can't so it's quite upsetting for me





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I'm 19 years old and my teeth are discoloured, rotten and put a major downer on my confidence. I've been to the dentist to try and get things sorted but all I felt was embarrassment and shame about the state I have let my teeth get in, I've not been back since then and my teeth are only getting worse. I don't want to smile anymore because of what people think, I'm too embarrassed to even smile fully in front of my family and long term boyfriend. I want full dental implants but obviously I can't afford the massive £30,000 pay out. Does anyone have any advice on alternative options or financial aid? Thank you.





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I am 18 and my teeth are horrible, from a young age I have had a huge phobia of dentists and needles, I have always had a fear of needles but my phobia of dentists started when I went for a checkup and the dentist went to inject my mouth which scares me, I have not been to a dentist since which was roughly 6-7years ago. The damage to my teeth is stopping me from been able to smile, I have to watch how I laugh incase my teeth are showing, I struggle eating certain food and it is really badly effecting my confidence preventing me from being able to apply for jobs as they expect confidence and a nice smile when being interviewed. How would I be able to get put under to have the work I need doing done? And I am still in sixth form (full time education) so would this cost? If so much?





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