The Types of Tooth Stains & How to Get a Brighter Smile!

March 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — roselleparkdental @ 10:03 am
a smile revealing half-stained teeth and half-whitened teeth

Many people want a bright, beautiful smile. As a matter of fact, this is not a new phenomenon. History has proven that even the ancient Egyptians were trying to whiten their teeth. It’s no surprise that was a goal for people even centuries ago; white teeth make you appear more youthful, healthy, and vibrant! Unfortunately, tooth stains and discoloration are not uncommon and can keep you from having the gleaming pearly whites you desire. Read on to learn about the different kinds of tooth stains and how your dentist can help you get a luminous grin!

The Three Main Types of Tooth Stains

Discolored and yellow teeth can be caused by a few reasons. The following are the different types and what causes them:

  1. Extrinsic (Surface) Stains: These stains are caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the enamel. This most commonly happens if you tend to drink dark beverages (like coffee or tea), sticky dark foods (blueberries, blackberry jam, etc.), or if you use tobacco products.
  2.  Intrinsic (Deeper) Stains: Developing from within the teeth, intrinsic stains are more difficult to address or remove with over-the-counter whitening products. These stains usually appear grayish and are caused by certain medications, tooth damage or decay, genetics, and even excessive fluoride.  
  3. Natural Aging: Over time, your teeth can begin to lose their brightness as your enamel weakens and exposes dentin, which is naturally darker than enamel. Additionally, certain habits, like regularly drinking coffee and wine or an inconsistent dental routine, can also cause staining and discoloration as time goes on.

How Can You Get a Brighter Smile?

The good news is that you don’t have to live with stained teeth! There are various cosmetic dental treatments that can help you get the luminous smile you’ve always wanted. Your dentist can help correct any type of teeth staining with a variety of cosmetic services such as:

  • Professional Teeth Whitening: This is one of the most popular ways to remove extrinsic staining. Your dentist uses a safe bleaching agent in combination with light or laser technology to break down discolored molecules and restore your teeth’s natural whiteness.
  • Veneers: These ultra-thin porcelain shells cover up existing surface stains while also strengthening damaged enamel. Veneers are ideal for covering deep intrinsic staining that cannot be treated with surface whitening.
  • Cosmetic Bonding: This procedure is used to repair chips, cracks, or discoloration in the teeth. A custom-colored composite resin material is applied and shaped to match your existing enamel color for a natural-looking result. This treatment is great for both intrinsic and extrinsic staining, especially if you would like to address other dental issues.

With the help of your dentist, you can pick the best option for correcting your tooth discoloration so you can confidently flash your smile again!

About the Practice

Roselle Park Dental is eager to help you achieve the smile of your dreams through the expertise of its team of dentists. With a focus on high-quality care with advanced dental technology, they provide a comprehensive range of services. They can upgrade your teeth with various cosmetic dental treatments, including veneers, professional teeth whitening, and cosmetic bonding. To schedule an appointment, contact them through their website or call (908) 245-1745.