What Causes Teeth Stains To Form?

Few things can be quit as embarrassing as dental discoloration. You end up trying to hide your smile and avoid showing your teeth in pictures. But what causes teeth stains to form? What steps can we take to prevent them, and if necessary, remove them?

Try Our Quiz on Teeth Stains

  1. True or False: Food and drinks can lead to discoloration.
  2. True or False: Intrinsic stains can be permanent.
  3. True or False: Good oral hygiene can help your teeth stain bright.
  4. True or False: We have teeth whitening and other options to brighten smiles.

Answer Key

  1. True. When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches, this can promote plaque buildup. Plaque can make the appearance of stains more likely. In addition, drinks with dark pigments, such as soda, red wine, tea, coffee, and fruit juice, can lead to discoloration.
  2. True. Foods, drinks, and tobacco products can cause extrinsic stains, which form on the surface and are easily removed. Intrinsic stains actually form below the surface, in the layers of dentin. These can be caused by tetracycline use at a young age, injury to the teeth, or fluorosis. Also known as permanent stains, we may need to mask these with bonding or veneers.
  3. True. When we care for our teeth properly, we help limit the amount of plaque that can form and reduce the severity of discoloration. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night. We also suggest having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
  4. True. We can remove discoloration with professional teeth whitening systems. For permanent stains, we can also mask them using lifelike restorations or dental bonding. If you have any questions about erasing discoloration or teeth stain prevention, then please contact our team today.

Learn More About Teeth Whitening

Understanding how teeth stains form can help you take steps to keep your smile bright. To find out more about them, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.


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