Are There Different Types Of Teeth Stains?

Discoloration of your teeth may make you feel self-conscious or less confident about your smile. You may have tried all different ways to whiten your smile or you may have even tried changing your lifestyle to limit the causes of discoloration. If you have had these kinds of frustrations, you may not know that some tooth discoloration can come from the inside of the tooth. This type of staining is called intrinsic staining, and unlike extrinsic staining (the external type), it cannot be removed through traditional methods of whitening. To learn more about how to solve the problem, you must be able to pinpoint what the problem is. 

Intrinsic Staining

This type of tooth stain is caused when the internal layer of the tooth, the dentin, is discolored. It may get darker or have a yellow tint. This kind of stain can be caused by trauma to the tooth that may have caused internal bleeding. It can also be caused by certain types of medication that you may take. It can be biological, hereditary, or caused by certain types of health problems. Intrinsic staining cannot be removed through whitening, even professional-grade whitening. To correct the issues of intrinsic staining, other cosmetic options like bonding or veneers may be used. Bonding could be a good option if only one or a few teeth are stained, while veneers are good for a full smile makeover.

Extrinsic Staining

Extrinsic staining is caused by external factors and affects the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel. This type of staining can be caused by a lack of good oral hygiene, including not getting regular professional cleanings. Certain dark beverages like coffee, tea, or cola may stain the teeth. Cigarette smoking can also cause a premature yellowing of the teeth. As we get older, our teeth may get yellow. Extrinsic stains can be removed with whitening. Professional whitening can get teeth up to ten shades lighter.

Knowing the type of stain can determine the right treatment

Talk to Dr. Vahadi about treating your teeth stains. Schedule a consultation at Lone Star Dental in Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.

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