Not all tooth discoloration is the same. In fact, there are two very distinct types of teeth stains. The types require very different types of treatment, so it is important to know the difference. If the color of your teeth make you insecure, and you may be ready to get a brighter smile. Getting that brighter smile means determining the type of tooth stain you have. Stains on the exterior of the teeth can be treated with whitening treatments, professional or over-the-counter, while discoloration within the tooth cannot. Which type of stain is affecting your teeth?
Intrinsic stains are stains or discoloration within the inner structure of the tooth. Because the enamel, the outer layer of your teeth, is translucent, intrinsic stains can be seen from the outside. Intrinsic stains can be caused by trauma to the tooth, bleeding within the tooth, certain medications, birth defects, or health problems. No whitening to the enamel will affect an intrinsic stain. If you have tried every whitening treatment to no avail, your discoloration may be intrinsic. Intrinsic stains may not be able to be removed, but they can be covered. Cosmetic dentistry options such as bonding or veneers can cover up one or more discolored teeth. These options can be color-matched to your desired brightness before being applied permanently to your teeth.
Extrinsic stains are the external stains on the enamel of your teeth. Extrinsic stains can be caused by certain foods or drinks, smoking, advanced age, or environmental factors.These types of stains can be removed through a good cleaning or a whitening treatment. While there are multiple over-the-counter options, a professional whitening treatment like Zoom! can get your teeth drastically whiter in a single visit. Depending on your wants and needs, your dentist can also provide you with a customized take-home kit to whiten your teeth with professional-grade products outside of the office.
Do you have stains on your teeth?
Dr. Jing can help you address either kind of teeth staining. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.