Types of Tooth Stains

A dazzling smile is a symbol of confidence and vitality. But, there are many factors that can cause tooth stains. As a result, it can dim the brilliance of your smile. From lifestyle choices to aging, tooth stains come in different forms. As a result, you may need different approaches to whiten your smile. If you talk to your dentist, they can identify what type of tooth stains impact your smile. Then, they will be able to supply solutions to restore your smile’s natural radiance.

Types of Tooth Stains

There are a few different types of tooth stains. Each of these affects your smile in a different way, which is why your dentist has different solutions. 

Extrinsic stains are ones that occur on the outer surface of your enamel. Typically, you accrue these stains through your diet or oral hygiene routine. For example, coffee, tea, and red wine are common popular drinks that can change the color of your teeth. Additionally, not brushing and flossing your teeth enough can yellow your teeth over time. 

Another type of stain comes from within the tooth. Intrinsic stains occur inside the tooth. Several factors can create intrinsic stains, such as genetics, trauma, or excessive fluoride consumption. 

Finally, our teeth naturally change shades as we age. This is due to our enamel thinning. It reveals the yellowish dentin beneath your enamel. As a result, your smile will appear duller. 

Extrinsic Stain Treatment

For extrinsic stains, you can seek chemical whitening options. Chemical whitening breaks down and lifts stains from your smile. One way that you can whiten your teeth is through your dentist. A professional whitening treatment uses safe bleaching agents to remove surface stains and brighten your smile. 

You can also use at-home whitening kits. Your dentist can prescribe whitening kits that provide trays and bleaching gel. This allows for convenient and effective stain removal. You can even seek whitening options at many convenience stores. But, these options are typically less effective than ones from your dentist. 

Intrinsic Stain Treatment

Intrinsic stains are a bit more tricky to treat. Because they come from the inside of your teeth, chemical whitening can’t break down these stains. Instead, you need options that cover or camouflage the stains. 

Your dentist may recommend dental veneers. These are thin porcelain shells that cover the front of your teeth to mask stains. As a result, you can have a flawless smile. Additionally, you can request dental bonding. This is a more conservative option that doesn’t remove any enamel. It is a composite resin material that your dentist can use to cover stubborn stains. 

Age-Related Stain Solutions

Even with good oral hygiene, you may not be able to avoid your teeth yellowing as you age. Some people are born with thinner enamel than others. This means that you are more likely to experience age-related staining. To combat this staining, you can seek professional whitening treatments. These can help counteract the effects of age-related enamel thinning and discoloration. 

Another option you can seek is dental veneers. With the help of your dentist, you can restore your youthful and vibrant smile. 


Harry W. McCool, DDS, PC
Lilburn, GA Dentist

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