3 Types of Tooth Stains and How to Remove Them 

May 3, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcourtney @ 1:40 am
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Everyone is unique, from our eyes to our ears and even our smiles. While our teeth’s uniqueness makes us special, it doesn’t mean you have to accept a smile you’re not happy with. Stained teeth can affect confidence and make smiling uncomfortable in social settings. If you are wondering what causes dental discoloration, continue reading to explore the three types of tooth stains and how cosmetic dentistry can help remove them.

Type #1: Extrinsic Discoloration

This type of discoloration occurs on the outer layer of teeth known as enamel. It’s caused by consuming beverages like coffee, cola, tea, or red wine, eating foods with strong pigments such as berries, or using tobacco.

Regular dental cleanings can effectively remove these stains. Whitening toothpaste, which often contains abrasives like charcoal or baking soda, can also help but should be used sparingly to prevent enamel erosion.

Type #2: Intrinsic Discoloration

Intrinsic stains penetrate deep within the tooth, making them less responsive to toothpaste, strips, and other over-the-counter whitening products. These stains often give the teeth a grayish hue and can be caused by factors such as tooth decay, certain medications, excessive fluoride exposure, tooth injury, or genetic predispositions. Professional tooth whitening treatments are typically required to effectively remove these deep-seated stains.

Type #3: Age-related Discoloration

As we age, our enamel naturally thins, revealing the yellowish dentin beneath. Additionally, the tooth’s translucency diminishes over time, making it appear darker. These stains are typically a result of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, including consumption of certain foods and beverages, and tobacco use.

How Your Dentist Can Help You Brighten Your Smile

Fortunately, dentists have various methods to remove teeth stains and enhance your smile brightness. Teeth whitening treatments, such as in-office sessions lasting about an hour, or at-home kits with custom trays and gel applied daily for around two weeks, can effectively achieve your desired smile.

Now that you understand the causes of different types of stains, you can take preventive measures to avoid them. If you’re looking to remove existing discoloration, consult your dentist about available options to achieve a smile you’ll love to share confidently!

About the Practice

Artistry Smile Center in Columbus is led by Drs. Angela Courtney and Christy Cox, along with a skilled team dedicated to enhancing your smile. With a commitment to the latest dental techniques and technologies, we provide exceptional care in a comfortable environment. From teeth whitening to bonding and veneers, we offer comprehensive services to help you achieve the beautiful smile you desire. For more information on removing different types of stains or to schedule an appointment, contact Artistry Smile Center at (614) 451-7393 or visit their website.

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