The 2 Types Of Tooth Discoloration

The 2 Types Of Tooth DiscolorationLooking in the mirror and seeing dull, yellow teeth can be disheartening. It can shake your confidence and make you feel insecure about showing off your smile. Many people believe that tooth stains only occur on the outside of the teeth, but the fact is, there are two different types of tooth discoloration. Stains can occur on the outside of the teeth caused by external reasons. Discoloration can also be caused by issues inside of the tooth. These different types of discoloration are not treated in the same manner, which means getting a bright white smile depends on your smile’s specific needs. If you live in or near Fort Worth, Texas, your dental team at 7 Day Dental can help you determine what type of discoloration is affecting your smile to address it accordingly. 

Extrinsic Stains

As stated above, stains on the outside of the teeth are caused by external reasons; these stains are known as extrinsic stains. The yellowness or brownness of the enamel can be caused by dark beverages, alcohol, smoking, certain foods, or a buildup of plaque and tartar. A good cleaning can often get teeth cleaner and brighter. A teeth-whitening treatment can breakup years-worth of stains on the outside of teeth. A customized, professional whitening treatment can designed specifically by your dentist.

Intrinsic Discoloration

Discoloration that comes from below the enamel is known as intrinsic discoloration. It can be caused by trauma to the tooth, certain health conditions, certain medications, or other issues. Discoloration inside the tooth cannot be removed since it lives below the enamel. If the tooth is healthy, a cosmetic treatment such as bonding or porcelain veneers can be applied to the outer surface to update the appearance. Some people experience intrinsic discoloration on one or two teeth, while some may have an entire smile that is affected.

We can help you address either kind

Addressing tooth discoloration may require different treatments depending on your smile’s needs. To schedule a consultation, call the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.