What Causes Teeth Stains?

When discoloration forms on our teeth, this can be a source of embarrassment. We often turn to the dentist to discuss treatment options to remove stains, such as professional teeth whitening. But what causes teeth stains to form? Can we take actions to help reduce the severity of our discoloration?

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Stains

Question: What are extrinsic stains?

Answer: These are stains that form on the surface of the teeth. Extrinsic discoloration is the most common form of discoloration and is often the result of the foods and drinks we consume. Foods and drinks high in sugar promote plaque buildup, which can make stains more apparent. When you consume drinks that have dark pigments, such as coffee, soda, red wine, or tea, you can also cause surface stains to appear. Finally, smoking and tobacco use can lead to discoloration.

Question: How do intrinsic stains differ?

Answer: Instead of forming on the surface, these actually occur in the dentin beneath the enamel. Intrinsic stains can be the result of injury to the tooth, fluorosis, or tetracycline use at an early age. These are often difficult to remove with traditional whitening, so we may instead mask them using bonding or veneers.

Question: How do I prevent discoloration?

Answer: To prevent stains, you need to watch what you eat and drink. In addition, you need to practice good oral hygiene in order to reduce the severity of plaque buildup and stains. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing each night before going to bed. You should also make time for regular dental cleanings, which can completely remove plaque form the teeth and help brighten your smile in the process.

Question: What treatment options do you offer?

Answer: We have professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers to either remove or mask stains, helping you achieve a more beautiful and brighter smile! If you have any questions about our treatment options then please contact our office today.

Interested in a Brighter Smile?

We can use teeth whitening and other procedures to either remove or mask discoloration. You can call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule a visit.


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