Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Deciduous (baby) teeth are typically whiter than the adult teeth that appear later. As we age, our adult teeth often become darker, yellower, or stained. This is partly why white teeth make people appear more youthful.

Just as there are a number of ways to lighten or brighten teeth, there are also several different ways for teeth to become discolored. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, plus teeth tend to darken as we age. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma.

External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, mainly foods and tobacco. The main causes of external tooth yellowing are smoking, foods with tannins, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods.  Dr. Basil has In-Office and At-Home treatment options to give you your whitest smile.

Whitening Options

The Zoom! Advanced Power In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It's safe, effective and fast. In about an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Zoom! Advanced Power Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Zoom! Advanced Power in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.   And you'll look years younger!  We use the latest generation Zoom! whitening system by Philips in her West Hartford Dental Office and her New Britain office. 



Philips Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite give you superior whitening results by utilizing high-potency gels with custom-molded trays, specially made to fit your teeth. Philips Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite kits offer five different options to meet your needs. Sensitive teeth? Check. Dramatic results fast? We’ve got it covered. With Philips Zoom, Dr. Basil will recommend the right whitening formula strength for you to take home. You will be matched with the treatment that fits your lifestyle to achieve your best results.


FACT: Your smile can be seen from over 300 feet away, making it easiest, and one of your most identifiable body parts!

Your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile.

If you are interested in tooth whitening in West Hartford or tooth whitening in New Britain, you should consult with Dr. Basil about In-Office or At-Home professional whitening.  Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile.


These video takes you step by step through the Zoom Whitening Process--both the In-Office option and the Take-Home option.  We have the latest generation equipment and materials, and they're great!



                 The In-Office Whitening Experience, Step-by-Step                                    The Take-Home Whitening Experience, Step-by-Step